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Cabbage Soup with Rice

Cabbage Soup with Rice – Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.

Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.

It’s Cabbage Soup with rice! It is quick to make, it is healthy, and it’s totally delicious. The rice is optional, but I kinda completely love it!

This is a sponsored post by Hunt’s tomatoes. All opinions are 100% my own.

HI YA! Is that not the prettiest rainbow of colors in a pot? GREEN peppers + parsley, RED Tomatoes, ORANGE Carrots, YELLOW-ish Cabbage, PURPLE-ish cooked parsley, and a BLUE-ish backdrop.  Okay, so not a complete rainbow, but close enough. What matters most is that this soup is so dang good for us.

I first have to share my story about this Cabbage Soup with Rice.

Back when I was in 6th grade, my mom packed a lunch for me, as she did every other day, and in the thermos she included this soup. When I opened it up to eat it, the smell of cooked cabbage cleared up the entire lunch table. All you heard was “EWWWWWWWW” from a bunch of 11-year olds who were getting ready to eat their Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches. Right there and then I SWORE I would never ever ever evvvver bring any of our ethnic food to school. NEVER again! PB & J Sandwiches 4 LIFE!

Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.

Fast forward to today where I find myself SO completely surprised that cabbage soup is in fact a hot menu item these days in the USA. I’m honestly shocked, but also super happy and glad that I don’t have to hide my love for this warm bowl of healthy amazingness.

Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.

Please tell me you guys also love, love Cabbage Soup? If you don’t, or haven’t tried it, this is your day.


  • This comes together in ONE pot and 40-ish minutes, from start to finish. Luckily, it doesn’t require any fancy ingredients, either. It’s stuff that you already have in the pantry or fridge; cabbage, carrots, peppers, onions, celery, Hunt’s Recipe Ready Tomato Paste and Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes. Garlic + seasonings, too.

Hunt's Tomato Paste

  • The Hunt’s Recipe Ready Tomato Paste, that is your magic, right there. It adds body to this comforting meal and a delicious tomato flavor. The paste is already seasoned and it is made with all-natural tomatoes picked at the peak of ripeness. It is also a convenient way to add paste to any dish with two tablespoons of pre-measured tomato paste, which is the most common serving size for recipes.

Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.

  • We’re going to add the tomato paste early on so it has a chance to cook with the veggies which in turn will add more flavor to the soup. Trust me on this one.
  • I’m also going to ask you to cook the rice on the side and not to add it to the soup until you are about to eat. IF you add the rice beforehand and let it stand for, say, 10 minutes or so, it will start to absorb the liquid. So don’t do that, m’kay? Cool.

Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.

This is an awesome and very healthy homemade meal that can simultaneously clean out your fridge by using up any and all veggies that a person could ever want in their soup bowl. The happiness I feel for this concept is, like, WOW. You don’t even know. Recipes like this fulfill my soul.

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Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.

Cabbage Soup with Rice

Katerina | Diethood
Cabbage Soup with Rice - Healthy, hearty and delicious cabbage soup with rice and vegetables.
4.91 from 10 votes
Servings : 6 Serves
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1/2 cup long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 1 large yellow onion , diced
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 3 large carrots , sliced into rounds
  • 3 celery ribs , sliced
  • 2 bell peppers , diced
  • 4 cups chopped fresh cabbage
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pouch (1.5 ounces) Hunt's Recipe Ready Tomato Paste
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) Hunt's Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth


  • Prepare rice according to the directions on the package and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat in a large soup pot or dutch oven.
  • Add onions and salt; cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in garlic, carrots, celery, peppers, cabbage, and remaining olive oil.
  • Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and chili powder.
  • Add bay leaf and stir in tomato paste.
  • Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes; continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil; reduce to medium heat and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; take out the bay leaf and stir in previously prepared rice.*
  • Ladle soup into bowls and serve.


  • Do not add the rice if not serving right away; the rice will absorb the liquid if left sitting around for a while.


Serving: 1 Cup | Calories: 176 kcal | Carbohydrates: 30 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 1054 mg | Potassium: 557 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 10 g | Vitamin A: 7210 IU | Vitamin C: 79.8 mg | Calcium: 76 mg | Iron: 1.6 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Macedonian
Keyword: brown rice recipes, cabbage soup, weight loss recipes
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29 comments on “Cabbage Soup with Rice”

  1. I didn’t use Hunts products which may have more sodium? My soup was a little bland. I added spices: tumeric, cumin and paprika plus more salt, chili powder and a pinch of nutritional yeast. The tumeric was the star of the show 🤩 also added cannelloni and kidney beans for protein before simmering.

  2. If we aren’t going to eat all 6 servings do I add in only some of the rice, and reserve the rest for when I heat up leftovers? Or just at the end put the rice in?
    I’m sorry, I reread it 20 times trying to understand.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      What I do is ladle the soup into bowls and then have everyone add in as much rice as they want. But, if we’re going to eat the whole thing at once, I do add the rice to the pot and then ladle it into bowls. Again, you don’t want to add in all the rice because it will soak up the liquid.

  3. Love this recipe – especially addition of chili powder and bay leaf.

    We have not been going grocery shopping these days due to Covid SOOooo I have been getting creative with my cooking

    I recently made cabbage rolls and I used the cabbage leaves (.broken bits and leaves with holes – the ones that line my pot) and chopped them up to make this soup.
    Added onion and garlic and carrots.
    I had leftover tabouleh so added that as well.

    I used veg broth – could have used water – as sodium makes me cringe.

    It is a cold Spring day in Ontario During Covid and this hits the spot.

    I will freeze some for later as well.
    Mmm mmm
    Thank you.
    Loved your story about taking soup to school.

  4. The soup recipe is wonderful I made it with little changes….. ONE BIG CHANGE. The amount of sodium per one cup is 1054!!! absolutely too much per once cup.. Just cut off the vegetable broth use water only. Or maybe was a miss-print.?

  5. Why not use fresh tomatoes instead of canned. It isn’t a chore chopping tomatoes. And make your own puree. Again it’s simple and really does not take much time. I don’t use anything canned in my cooking and it’s just a bit disappointing to find even good recipes like these with canned ingredients.

  6. Making your own cabbage soup seems so intimidating sometimes! I feel like I’m just getting the hang of it!…

  7. I made this last night but used 1 cup rice, swapped the bay leaf for some dried basil, and added a can of kidney beans to add some more cheap protein. Holy cow; delicious and perfect for this snowy spring weather! Definite make again 🙂

  8. I’m so happy I found this recipe. I made a ‘unstuffed cabbage roll’ from a forum I’m on, but it came out as a heavy stew (I used turkey). I can’t wait to try this!

  9. A recipe very similar to this was passed down to me many years ago by my mother minus the rice. Delicious with barley added.

  10. Why do people send comments that haven’t even fixed the recipe. (this looks so amazing, can’t wait to try it}

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Gretchen! I’m thinking about 1 point per serving since 1 cup of cooked rice is 5 points.

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    You’ve done an amazing job with this soup. The broth looks so rich and flavorful! I’m pinning this and can’t wait to try it.

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    Maryanne | the little epicurean

    OH man! I had a similar school lunch experience. I brought Filipino food once…and never again. This soup looks great! Perfect for chilly days!

  13. I didn’t know about Hunt’s tomato paste pouches but definitely will be picking up some next trip to the store!
    I have a question about your cabbage soup recipe/pictures for it. In one picture you have Jimmy Dean’s hot breakfast sausage included with the other ingredients however, I see no written mention anywhere of using sausage in the recipe (I love sausage soup recipes)! Is it an option you have used before? One way or the other I would greatly appreciate your responding to this question.
    P.S. Love your recipes!!

    1. Thanks for your fast response to my question about the Cabbage Soup and Rice 🙂 Now, at the risk of having you decide I am a “Diethood, the eating effect” stalker, I have another question, LOL!
      I looked on your site as well as going to the Jimmy Dean (recipes) web site and nothing can be found for “Sausage Smashed Burger.” I realize I could just whip up a sausage patty and Viola! a sausage burger would be born, but your reference to special slaw and homemade pickles made me salivate on my keyboard. Do you have a written recipe of said Sausage Smashed Burger? If not, the world is waiting for one 🙂
      Thanks, Sally

      1. Well, here I am all red faced 🙁
        I had to leave my computer for a few minutes and left it on your web site. When I returned my “Viola!” I had said in my previous post came true … there was your recipe for Sausage Smashed Burgers waiting for me. Guess I should have retried searching for it. Sorry for jumping the gun and please keep on inventing your talicious recipes! Thanks!!

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    I love everything about cabbage soup, and yours is beautiful! I have to laugh about your story, but not AT you…I remember having several of these same lunchtime experiences of my own 😉 PB & J all the way! Ha!

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    Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    YUM! This soup sounds super comforting and perfect for a rainy day. Consequently, it’s raining, and I have all the ingredients in my fridge, sooooo…

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    Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

    Those little tomato paste pounches are the coolest thing ever! It’s so nice you don’t have to open a whole can if you only need a little bit! I could snuggle up to a warm bowl of this soup!

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