Stuffed Cabbage Soup with Barley has all the great flavors of stuffed cabbage rolls without all the work. You get hearty beef, vegetables and delicious broth all in one bowl. Soup is always good food!
When there is a chill in the air, I want soup. Good, hearty, stick to your ribs type of soup.
This Stuffed Cabbage Soup with Barley is all that but healthy and nourishing too. I added barley instead of rice and my family really liked the twist.
It’s filling enough for dinner but also delicious heated up for lunch the next day.
If you’ve ever made cabbage rolls, you are aware of the work involved. I love eating cabbage rolls but never seem to have the time to make them.
My son went to a preschool run by nuns. They have a Polish festival every year where they sell homemade food including Golumpki, which are authentic Polish stuffed cabbage rolls.
I get them once a year, but make this soup whenever I’m short on time but craving stuffed cabbage. If you want to make cabbage soup even quicker, try this Instant Pot Cabbage Soup.
I prefer to cook it simmering on my stove and this only takes 50 minutes from start to finish including prep time.
Traditional stuffed cabbage rolls usually contain rice but I decided to add barley. It gives the soup a bit of a nuttier texture but it does contain gluten.
Feel free to swap to rice if you want this recipe to be gluten free. Brown rice is a little healthier and it is closer to the texture of barley that white rice.
If you prefer white rice, then go ahead and add it!
I used lean ground beef in this recipe so that the fat doesn’t need to be drained after I browned the meat. Ground turkey or ground chicken can also be substituted if you prefer.
Since the meal is fairly healthy, I don’t feel guilty making Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Pie or another decadent dessert.
Make some soup when there is a chill in the air. Try some Stuffed Cabbage Soup with Barley. I know you won’t be disappointed.
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