This Keto Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup is a comforting, hearty, low carb meal made easily in your slow cooker, stove top or Instant Pot for any busy weeknight or a cold day!
WHAT IS CABBAGE ROLL SOUP?
Soup recipes are the epitome of winter in my opinion! This unstuffed cabbage soup has been a favorite since I first posted it in January of 2016!!
Cabbage roll soup is essentially deconstructed classic cabbage rolls in soup form!
You may or may not be a cabbage fan, but honestly you must try this great recipe which might just win you over!
One of the most comforting meals on a cold winter's day made in your slow cooker or just simmer in a large pot on the stove, but either way it's a hearty soup for the whole family with all the flavors of traditional cabbage rolls but lots less work.
Often cabbage roll soup has white rice or brown rice in it, but to make this keto friendly, I swapped it out with cauliflower rice.
You will love how thick the texture is because of using riced cauliflower and you'll love how much lower in carbs it is than traditional cabbage roll soup. In fact, I think you'll love it even more than traditional cabbage roll soup with rice!
Carbs in Classic Cabbage Roll Soup
One cup serving, according to Cronometer, has about 31 grams of carbs.
Carbs in our Keto Unstuffed Cabbage Soup
Our serving is actually 1.5 cups for just 8 grams of carbs!
CARBS IN MARINARA SAUCE
Tomatoes and tomato sauce can be enjoyed on a low-carb or keto diet. There is no food that is keto. Ketosis is a nutritional state your body is in when you lower the carbs enough to get into ketosis.
1 large tomato is about 7 carbs. Contrary to popular belief, you can enjoy a small amount of tomatoes within a recipe. Granted you may not be able to eat a whole tomato and stay in ketosis but, a small amount can be enjoyed.
This unstuffed cabbage roll soup provides you a whole lot of servings so the total carbs per serving are 8 and if you follow net carbs just 6 grams per 1.5 cups of this delicious soup!
LOW-CARB Options for RICE
There are a many options for a low carb rice that you could use in this cabbage roll soup. I chose cauliflower rice but there are plenty of others if you aren't a fan.
Palmini rice is made from Hearts of palm and has about the same amount of carbs as cauliflower rice.
Miracle rice or Shirataki rice is another low carb option with the lowest amount of carbs, just 4 per serving.
If you choose to use rice instead of cauliflower then I would suggest 1 cup of cooked rice and eliminate the cauliflower.
You can eliminate the cauliflower in the recipe if you prefer. I feel it was a good substitute for rice which is usually in cabbage rolls. I think it thickened this slow cooker soup nicely without being very noticeable in texture.
I will tell you that not even my hubby noticed cauliflower was in this soup and everyone who was at our party raved about it and asked for the recipe and none of them are low carb!
SLOW COOKER VERSUS STOVE TOP METHOD
The slow cooker is great if you have the time in the morning to make before heading out to work. It will be amazing to come home to the aromas of an amazing cabbage roll soup.
But don't fret if you don't have a slow cooker or don't have the time. I've provided directions below for making this recipe in your stove top in about an hour.
Either cooking method will provide you a satisfying meal for the whole family and plenty of left overs!
HOW TO MAKE Instant Pot CABBAGE ROLL SOUP Recipe
Set your instant pot to saute mode and heat olive oil and garlic. Add onions and shallots and cook until softened.
Add ground beef and cook until browned and no longer pink.
Add seasonings to beef, marinara sauce and remaining ingredients (the riced cauliflower, broth and cabbage).
Stir to combine everything and cover. Set to manual mode on high pressure for 30 minutes. Quick release and carefully uncover once pressure seal has released.
Top with some fresh parsley and enjoy!
How to Store Keto Cabbage Roll Soup
Store this easy soup, once cooled, in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
How to Serve Easy Cabbage Roll Soup
I think this is a one-pot meal in itself and you may not want anything else, but here are some low carb keto bread options you might like:
This healthy soup can also be served with any of these low-carb vegetable side dishes.
LOW-CARB VERSUS KETO
If you've had a reluctant family member not ready to embrace a sugar free and/or low carb lifestyle, try comforting recipes like this that they won't even notice is grain free and healthy!
They will hopefully realize it's not that hard to give up processed carbs and sugar.
KETO UNSTUFFED Slow Cooker CABBAGE ROLL SOUP
Crock Pot Low Carb Un-Stuffed Cabbage Roll Soup
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- ½ cup onion chopped
- ½ cup shallots chopped
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 16 ounces low carb marinara sauce
- 2 cups cauliflower riced
- 5 cups beef broth low sodium
- 8 cups cabbage sliced
- Heat olive oil and garlic on medium high heat.
- Add onions and shallots and cook until softened.
- Add ground beef and cook until browned and no longer pink.
- Add seasonings to beef and marinara sauce.
- Add the riced cauliflower to the beef mixture and stir until coated.
- Pour the beef into the crock pot.
- Pour beef broth into crock pot and add cabbage.
- Stir to combine everything.
- Cook on high 3 hours or low 6 hours. If you don't have a crock pot, simply cook ground beef in a dutch oven or heavy soup pot, follow recipe and simmer on low, covered for about an hour until cabbage is tender.
- This recipe was first published in January 2016 and updated with video in October 2018.
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