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Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Soup

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cabbage roll soup 2Cabbage is one of those foods that is very underrated.  I was guilty of assuming that I did not like cabbage in the past, simply because it seemed like everyone around me only had negative things to say about it.  But this past year I sucked it up and tried cabbage and now there is no going back.  I will forever be a cabbage lover :).

I have heard from a lot of meat-eaters that cabbage rolls are quite tasty.  Obviously, since I do not eat meat, I have not given them a try.  I have seen some vegetarian versions, but haven’t made them yet.  For some reason, the whole process of stuffing and rolling everything into the cabbage seems a bit messy/intimidating.  If I am wrong about this process being difficult and time-consuming, please correct me! 😉  Since I am a bit afraid of prepping the actual cabbage rolls, I decided to give them a try in a much easier and season-appropriate way: in soup!

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Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Soup

Servings: 4 to 6 (4 for me, but I like BIG servings!)


2 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
10 oz can condensed tomato soup
1 15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can Italian diced tomatoes
1 cup dry green lentils
1 small head green cabbage, shredded
3 cups vegetarian “chicken” broth or vegetable broth
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
fine sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup brown rice
water, for cooking rice (per the package directions)


1. Place all ingredients into the slow cooker.

2. Stir until well-combined.

3. Cover and cook on high heat for approximately 6 to 8 hours, or until the lentils are cooked through.  Add additional broth, if necessary.

4. Cook rice just before serving.

5. Stir the rice into the soup.  Serve.

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I have never had actual cabbage rolls, but if this soup is any indication of whether or not I would enjoy them, I am thinking that I most definitely would!

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Oh, and did I mention that this soup is pretty much a nutritional powerhouse?  We are talking vitamins and nutrients from the tomatoes and veggies, and tons of fiber and protein from the lentils and brown rice.  Anything that is tasty and nutritious is a winner in my book.  It also definitely means that it will be added to my “to make again” recipe list…man, that list is getting awfully loooooong.  Oops! 😉

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Oh, and I just have to say that while I realize I am no professional photographer, I am quite pleased with the way these photos turned out.  You see, soup and my camera are kind of enemies.  It looks like this time they actually decided to get along.  It’s about time!

And finally, as promised, a picture of my Halloween costume with most of the co-workers on my team:

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We were the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Prize Patrol!  Pretty awesome, am I right?  We entered the group costume contest but haven’t heard the results yet.  There were some pretty great costumes, but we are hoping to take home the prize :).

Have a great Friday and a fun, but relaxing, weekend!

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  • Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life November 1, 2013, 7:56 am
    This looks so good! I love cabbage rolls, but not the time it takes to make them! Perfect recipe for fall! :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 1, 2013, 2:00 pm
      Thanks so much! And yes, I imagine this would be MUCH easier to make!
  • Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures November 1, 2013, 8:17 am
    I also used to think I didn't like cabbage and now I'm in love! I can't imagine that rolling it up and stuffing it would be very easy so I can't pass word on abut that... Lettuce is hard enough for me to work with! :) LOL! Have a great weekend! Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures recently posted...Getting Amped.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 1, 2013, 2:01 pm
      Haha, I hear you. I can just picture my frustration with trying to roll up cabbage! :/
  • Leslee @ Her Happy Balance November 1, 2013, 8:19 am
    OMG I love your group Halloween costume! That is SO creative :) YOu should definitely win, I'd vote for you :) Leslee @ Her Happy Balance recently posted...Friday Favorites – Happy November!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 1, 2013, 2:03 pm
      Haha, thanks so much!! We are hopeful! Fingers crossed :).
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 1, 2013, 8:46 am
    I grew up on cabbage rolls and have to admit that they ARE really tasty, but definitely labour intensive. I love your crock lot version so much more. Now if only I had a crock pot :lol:
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 1, 2013, 2:04 pm
      You REALLY need to ask for one for Christmas! They are amaaaazing!
  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables November 1, 2013, 8:57 am
    HAH! That is an AMAZING group costume. I love love love it!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 1, 2013, 2:04 pm
      Thanks!! We sure had fun with it!
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life November 1, 2013, 11:07 am
    I love stuffed cabbages. They're a very Polish dish and I was raised on them basically. We have them nearly every year for either Christmas or New Years or Easter, on both sides of my family. I am sure this soup is a delicious vegetarian alternative! Although, I would recommend trying the real thing rolled up (without meat of course!). Maybe I can make a version that's meat free! Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted...National Peanut Butter Lovers Month + Friday FavoritesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 1, 2013, 2:05 pm
      You totally should!! Hopefully I'll be reading about some on your blog soon! ;)
  • Julia November 1, 2013, 11:14 am
    I definitely agree cabbage is underrated! I love cabbage ...and lentils! This soup looks perfect for warming my belly all winter long! Julia recently posted...Buttermilk Cornbread Pancakes (gluten free)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 1, 2013, 2:06 pm
      You would definitely love this soup then! I swear, every soup is better with lentils :).
  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} November 1, 2013, 11:39 am
    This soup is right up my alley! I am also a huge cabbage lover... which weirds everyone out, but I just love it! And stuffing cabbage rolls sounds way too fussy for me. Just through it all in a crockpot and be DONE! Can't wait to get out my crockpot, buy a big head of cabbage, and make this! Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} recently posted...Whole Wheat Butternut Squash, Apple and Hazelnut MuffinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 1, 2013, 2:08 pm
      I am glad to hear that there are others out there who are cabbage lovers, too! Those other people are missing out! ;)
  • Davida @The Healthy Maven November 1, 2013, 11:42 am
    I LOVE THIS SOUP!!! I've only ever tried vegetarian cabbage rolls before and they are incredible but kind of a pain to make. This is a perfect substitution! Davida @The Healthy Maven recently posted...Pumpkin Chai French ToastMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 1, 2013, 2:11 pm
      That's what I was thinking!! I rarely have the energy and dedication to make recipes that are super time-consuming, so this worked well for me!
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness November 1, 2013, 1:40 pm
    I actually really like cabbage. I think it's good roasted, in soups, stuffed and steamed with edamame. This soup sounds really healthy too. Perfect for the cold winter nights. Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted...Crock Pot Vegetable SoupMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 1, 2013, 2:11 pm
      Oooo, I have never tried it steamed with edamame, but that sounds fabulous. I'll have to give that a try!
  • Sharsti November 1, 2013, 7:20 pm
    I love love cabbage soups I think they are so tasty! Sharsti recently posted...Halloween 2013My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 2, 2013, 12:17 pm
      They really are! Cabbage definitely tastes the best in soups, in my opinion!
  • Danica @ It's Progression November 1, 2013, 9:11 pm
    I'll be honest - cabbage is one of those foods that makes me nervous, too. Maybe soup would be a great first way to eat it though?! Danica @ It's Progression recently posted...friday randomnessMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 2, 2013, 12:18 pm
      Yes! You should definitely give it a try, Danica! I bet you would like it, especially in soup.
  • The Candid RD November 2, 2013, 6:54 am
    The cabbage soup sounds amazing. I truly love cabbage, especially when it's hot and has some tomato with it. Yum. I can't eat too much though, because you know, cruciferous veggies can do wonders on the intestines ;) The Halloween costumes are GREAT! You're winners, for sure. I love the girl pretending to be the winner of the money, so classic, and true. The Candid RD recently posted...Is There a Right Time and Amount to Eat for Weight Loss?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 2, 2013, 12:19 pm
      Yes, cabbage if definitely one of those foods where it IS possible to eat too much! ;) She is a pretty funny character, huh? I love it! ;)
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies November 2, 2013, 4:05 pm
    My mom makes vegetarian cabbage rolls that she cooks in a slow cooker, and they're pretty amazing. I always like mine extra, extra saucy though, so I think making them as a soup would be even better! Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies recently posted...Pumpkin Cake With Cream Cheese FrostingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2013, 11:56 am
      Those sound yummy!! You should post the recipe on your blog! :)
  • Cailee November 3, 2013, 8:01 am
    YUM!! This looks so tasty, satisfying and filling!! :) Cailee recently posted...Sunshine AwardMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2013, 11:56 am
      It really is!!...and SO easy to make, which is a definite plus!
  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl November 4, 2013, 6:41 pm
    I love cabbage soup but even better in the slow cooker! Perfect for this chilly weather!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 5, 2013, 8:00 pm
      It really is!! The slow cooker is our friend! ;)

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