Golumpki Soup

4.73 from 36 votes

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Golumpki soup is a warm and hearty soup that is satisfying and nutritious. You can make this easy recipe in just 45 minutes. As a bonus, the leftover soup will taste even better later in the week!

Close up bowl of soup
Stuff cabbabe soup is one of our many authentic Polish recipes.

How to make it

This unstuffed cabbage roll soup starts with fresh cabbage and ends up as a bowl of savory comfort food. This easy soup recipe is ready from start to finish in just 45 minutes!


  • Cabbage
  • Italian Sausage
  • Onion
  • Rice
  • Garlic
  • Tomato Paste
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • V8 Juice
  • Beef Broth
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Thyme, Paprika, Salt, and Pepper
Meat being cooked in pan
We like adding Italian sausage to our cabbage soup recipe.

To make this cabbage roll soup, start by browning one pound of sausage. We prefer Italian sausage and to save a few fat calories, we like to use turkey sausage.

Person stirring meat and onions in pan
Add chopped onion to the browned beef.

Next, you will add chopped onion to the brown sausage. Stir it around until it softens, and this will add a nice savory flavor to this stuffed cabbage soup recipe.

Person stirring cabbage in pot with wooden spoon
Stir in the main ingredient!

Green cabbage is the most common, but feel free to use a purple cabbage to add some color to this cabbage soup!.

Pan of cut cabbage and sliced garlic
Garlic and rice give this cabbage roll soup some extra body and oomph!

This cabbage soup has a tomato base which is made up of these ingredients:

  • Tomato  Paste
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • V8 Juice
Rubber spatula stirring cabbage, meat and seasoning
Add tomato paste to this cabbage soup for flavor and structure.

Anytime you add tomato paste to a recipe; you should gently brown it first. Doing so will slightly cook the tomato paste making the flavor a bit sweeter through the caramelization process.

Pan with cabbage and diced tomato
Diced tomatoes give this unstuffed cabbage soup a nice flavor and texture.

Once the tomato paste is browned and stirred in, add one 28 oz. Can of diced tomatoes to this cabbage soup recipe. If you can find unsalted or reduced sodium diced tomatoes, use those.

V8 juice being added to pot of cabbage and tomato
V8 juice will add a lot of flavor to this cabbage roll soup.

V8 juice will give loads of flavor to this cabbage roll soup recipe. Once again, save a ton of unwanted salt and use the reduced-sodium variety if you can find it.

Beef broth being added to pot of cabbge
Beef broth gives volume and flavor to this cabbage soup.

Now you’ll stir in some beef broth for this unstuffed cabbage soup. Homemade broth is always best because you know what’s in it and what isn’t in it, IMHO.  If you have to use store-bought beef broth, once again, reduced sodium is best!

Have you ever asked,”What’s the difference between broth and stock?” Click the link, and we can help explain it!

Worcestershire sauce being added to pot of cabbage and tomato
For a flavor boost to this cabbage soup, stir in a little Worcestershire Sauce.

Add a Few Flavor Boosters to this Cabbage Roll Soup

  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Thyme
  • Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper
Pot of cabbage and tomato
Thyme, paprika, salt, and pepper help finish off this cabbage roll soup.

Finally, the hard part about this savory cabbage roll soup: Allowing the ingredients to get to know each other.

Once you have everything in the pot, you’re going to cover it and allow it to simmer for about 25 to 30 minutes.

Pot of cabbage and tomato sauce being stirred with wooden spoon
It takes about a half hour to simmer this cabbage soup, but it’s SO worth the wait!

While this pot of cabbage soup is simmering, you may want to consider slipping a loaf of our homemade crusty bread into the oven. I can’ think of a better match!

2 bowls cabbage soup with slices of bagette

My Golumpki recipe is pretty popular here on Platter Talk, but it is also very popular on Google when people are searching for a stuffed cabbage recipe. It’s the most popular recipe for cabbage rolls in the land.

Thus, it was a no-brainer for me to want to try and recreate our winning recipe into a great Golumpki Stuffed Cabbage Soup recipe.

I know that many people love Golumpki.  I also know that many people shy away from trying to make it.  The simple reason for this is because making cabbage rolls from scratch requires many steps.

The steps and the recipe itself are very easy; there are just many steps.  Because of this, I created a “lazy” approach and turned it into a casserole. Now, it gets even easier with this cabbage roll soup!

This hearty soup recipe can be put together in a matter of a few minutes.  The longest part of the process will be the 25-30 minutes you have to wait until the cabbage is softened and the flavors have come together.  Because of this, Cabbage Roll Soup is great for a weeknight fall and winter meal.

A bowl of soup on a wooden table with soup in spoon
Make this Cabbage Soup soon!

We made this pot of soup on the stove in one of my favorite pots.  But, once you brown your meat, you could quickly put all of the ingredients in your slow cooker and let it simmer away for hours.  How is that for convenience?

Can You Freeze Cabbage Soup for Later?

Absolutely! This cabbage soup freezes well for an easy and delicious leftover meal.

If you have been afraid to make stuffed cabbage, our stuffed cabbage soup recipe is for you.  It’s a quick way to get the same beautiful flavors you would get from cabbage rolls.  I know that this will become one of your go-to soup recipes this fall and winter season.  Enjoy.  -Scott

3 bowls of cabbage soup on table with bread and spoon
Try one of our easy bread recipes with this cabbage roll soup.

More cabbage recipes

If you love homemade soup, be sure and try our Fennel Soup Recipe. It’s perfect for cold weather eating!

Cabbage Soup

4.73 from 36 votes
Stuffed Cabbage Soup from Platter Talk features an authentic Polish stuffed cabbage recipe that is made into a soup. Enjoy a bowl of this cabbage roll soup today!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 lb ground Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 small to medium cabbage cut and diced
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • 2-3 Tbs minced garlic
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup V8 juice
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • In a stock pot, over medium heat, brown the turkey sausage.
  • Add onions to pot and cook until onions soften.
  • Add cabbage to pot and cook until cabbage starts to soften, maybe about 2-3 minutes.
  • Push ingredients to the edges of the pot to create an opening in the middle of the pot.
  • Add tomato paste and cook until tomato paste starts to darken, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients to the pot and allow soup to come to a slight boil.
  • Lower temperature to a simmer and cover.
  • Cook for approximately 25-30 minutes or until the cabbage and rice are softened.



Calories: 214kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 1211mg, Potassium: 885mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 1310IU, Vitamin C: 63.9mg, Calcium: 102mg, Iron: 2.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Polish
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Updated from the original cabbage soup recipe of October 6, 2016

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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow and Wow !!! My family loves soups. And the recipe of your soup looks really tasty. An interesting mix of ingredients. Great idea for dinner. I think that this recipe will be one of my favorites.

  2. 5 stars
    we love this kind of soup and big cabbage fans. We call it deconstructed cabbage soup rolls. lol yours looks great and I love the color!

  3. 5 stars
    I want to try it immediately. I really like this recipe. It really impresses! An interesting mix of ingredients. Thank you!