Un-Stuffed Cabbage Soup With Meatballs Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Easy

Time: 70 MINUTES

3 ratings


  • 2 lbs ground meat, or your favorite blend of veal, pork and beef
  • 1 cup rice, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, about 3 cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, coarsely minced, plus 1/2 onion, minced, for meatballs
  • 1 cup carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 (28 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 medium cabbage
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, fresh
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins


For the meatballs: In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, rice, salt, pepper, cumin and 1/2 onion, minced. Form into 1-inch balls and set aside while you make the soup.


For the soup: In a 6-quart pot, sweat the garlic in the olive oil until white in color. Add 1 cup minced onions and sweat until translucent. Then add 1 1/2 cups water, the carrots, tomato paste, brown sugar, ketchup and whole tomatoes with juice. Season with salt and pepper and simmer at a lively bubble for 10 minutes. Crush the whole tomatoes with a potato masher or fork. Continue to simmer until the carrots are tender, about 10 more minutes.


Working in batches, transfer the soup to a blender and blend until smooth but not pureed. Return the soup to the pot. Remove the cabbage ribs and cut the leaves crosswise into 1/4-inch ribbons. Add the cabbage to the soup and stir to incorporate. Add the bay leaf and simmer over medium-high heat for 10 minutes more (the cabbage should be reduced in size). Add water to thin the soup to the desired consistency. Add the meatballs and simmer for 25 minutes. Add the lemon juice and raisins 10 minutes before serving.


Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with sour cream and dill.

Un-Stuffed Cabbage Soup With Meatballs


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3 Reviews

Marti 11/6/2014
Was amazing and

Was amazing and quite easy the whole family loved it!!!

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The PDN Web Team 9/26/2014
Hi William! Yes,

Hi William! Yes, 25 minutes is long enough if you make your meatballs 1-inch balls. If you make bigger meatballs, then increase the cooking time. Happy cooking!

william 9/24/2014
is 25 mins. long

is 25 mins. long enough for the meatballs to cook through

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