Keto Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup

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!

keto 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!

low carb cabbage roll soup

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!


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.

½ cup of my homemade low carb marinara sauce is 6 total carbs. You can also purchase Rao’s brand which is low carb if you don’t want to make my recipe.

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!

keto cabbage roll 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!

low carb cabbage roll soup


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!

low carb cabbage roll soup


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. 

low carb cabbage roll soup

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:

Cheesy Air Fryer Rolls

Italian Buns

Cloud Bread Loaf

​This healthy soup can also be served with any of these low-carb vegetable side dishes.

Tomato Avocado Salad

Cucumber Dill Salad


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.

Unsure about the differences between sugar-free and low carb? I’ve cleared it up for you in this post as well as low-carb versus keto to help you figure out the best plan for you!



Crock Pot Low Carb Un-Stuffed Cabbage Roll Soup