unstuffed cabbage roll soup
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Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup - Easy Low Carb Keto Recipe

This unstuffed cabbage roll soup packs all the flavor of cabbage rolls, and it can be made easily in the instant pot, slow cooker or on the stove. It’s the perfect low carb keto dinner because it’s hearty, full of vegetables and fuss-free.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cabbage soup
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com


  • 2 pounds ground beef ground turkey or sausage
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small head cabbage about 12 cups
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon cumin optional
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional


Instant Pot Instructions:

  • Turn on the Instant Pot “Sauté” setting and add olive oil.
  • Brown the chopped yellow onion, garlic until translucent (3-4 minutes). Add the ground turkey and sauté frequently stirring until the meat is no longer pink. Drain the excess fat.
  • Add the chopped cabbage, diced tomatoes, broth, and the seasonings. DON’T STIR!
  • Put the lid on the pot, lock it in place and turn the valve to the Sealing position.
  • Press the "Cancel" button and then press the "Soup" function. Use the +/- button to set it to 10 minutes.
  • Allow the Instant Pot to come to pressure and complete the soup program.
  • Let undisturbed for 8 minutes (natural release), then do a Quick Release for the remaining pressure. This step will take a few more minutes since the Instant Pot is full.
  • To do a quick Release use a wooden spoon or a dish towel to push the steam release valve towards the Venting position gently.
  • Stir soup, taste and season with more salt, pepper or red pepper flakes.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.
  • Serve with some delicious keto dinner rolls. Enjoy!

In the Slow Cooker

  • In a medium skillet add olive oil and sauté until translucent. Add the ground beef, break apart with a wooden spoon and cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain grease.
  • Add all the ingredients you the Slow Cooker and place the lid. Cook for 3-4 hours on HIGH or 7-8 hours on LOW.

On the Stove

  • In a large soup pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until the onions turn clear.
  • Add the ground beef and cook for 7-8 minutes until the beef browns.
  • Add the cabbage, broth and the rest of the ingredients. Stir well and place a lid on the pot.
  • Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the cabbage reaches desired consistency.



Serving: 1servings | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 567mg | Potassium: 390mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 26.2mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbs: 4g