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Unstuffed Pressure Cooker Cabbage Soup

Ready for this easy unstuffed pressure cooker cabbage soup recipe? If you love your Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot and cabbage then this may become your favorite dinner! It’s gluten free too.

Pressure Cooker Cabbage Soup

You’ve got to try our pressure cooker cabbage soup. It is amazing with ground sausage or beef! If you’re ready for some more easy Instant Pot recipes perfect for cooler weather, this is it!! (originally published 11/18, affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Cabbage Soup

Similar to cabbage rolls but easier to make, it will become your favorite meal if you love cabbage. You can make it as a Ninja Foodi recipe or in your Crockpot Express too. Any brand with the high pressure cook function will work just fine.

Yes you can make a batch of crockpot cabbage soup but that takes a lot longer if you can imagine. Both are great hearty meals with ground beef, sausage or leave it out and make it vegetarian.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

Cabbage Soup InstaPot

I made this unstuffed cabbage dish once but it came out thick, so I called it Instant Pot stuffed cabbage casserole. This time I added more broth and tomato sauce to this electric pressure cooker soup and it came out perfect.

It’s totally up to you, use what you have on hand and what you love I always say. Pair it with some pull apart bread and a complete dinner is served!

What type of cabbage is good for soup?

Savoy cabbage is best. You’re unlikely to find a bunch of varieties at the store other than purple or organic but possibly at a farmers market that may be different.

What is cabbage soup called?

It depends on where you live really. I call it unstuffed cabbage soup but if sauerkraut is added some say it is sour shchi.

This is what we typically use to throw this baby together.

easy cabbage soup

Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup

If you’ve never made any simple cabbage recipes they’re really great and bring a great texture with the addition of this vegetable that doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it should in my opinion.

  • My grandma cooked with cabbage all the time and when I was younger it wasn’t anything I was about to try. I must be getting older though because I’m all about cabbage in just about everything now.

This was a total winner and great as is without anything else, maybe a roll on the side if you wanted.

Is cabbage soup good for weight loss?

  • This isn’t that kind of cabbage soup since this is loaded with flavorful ground sausage and/or ground beef. Weight loss soup wouldn’t include meat.

People have reported losing weight but only because you’re reducing your calorie intake, not the healthiest method in my opinion.

Pressure Cooker Cabbage Soup 2

Pressure Cooker Cabbage Soup

  1. Ground sausage – I like spicy version, could use ground beef but sausage has WAY more flavor
  2. Cabbage
  3. Olive oil
  4. Spaghetti sauce – this is our favorite
    1. or tomato sauce but we prefer the above
  5. Diced tomatoes
  6. Beef broth
  7. Rice – white, uncooked
  8. Onion
  9. Seasoning is up to you (we like it as is)
    1. black pepper
    2. salt

Optional other add ins:

Onion, carrots, celery – just dice or cut them into small dials

instant pot cabbage soup

Ninja Foodi Cabbage Soup

Best part is you don’t even have to precook your rice. You just throw it right into your Instant Pot with everything else and it comes out perfectly tender in just about 15 minutes.

As I said you can leave the rice out if you would rather. It’s one of the heartiest vegetables soups you will ever make.

  • 20 minutes is about all the time you need, that includes the time it takes to reach pressure.

When it’s done you’ll have a hearty dinner soup ready. Let me tell you that this Instant Pot cabbage soup is fantastic the next day if there are any leftovers.

It does thicken up a bit as it sits, and the next day so there is less “soupiness” but makes no difference in the overall taste.

It. Is. Amazing.

instant pot stuffed cabbage soup

After you try this Instant Pot cabbage soup we have a few more easy pressure cooker soups.

Added to our long list of Instant Pot soup recipes it is a complete meal with a TON of flavor.

  1. Instant Pot lasagna soup
  2. Pressure cooker bean soup – no soaking required
  3. This pressure cooker sausage and cabbage you’ll love too
  4. 17 minute homemade Instant Pot split pea soup recipe
  5. I have a bunch more Instant Pot sausage recipes here too

If you’re making Ninja Foodi cabbage soup adjust by:

  • Setting to high pressure for 12 minutes (since it doesn’t have a rice button)
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Can you freeze cabbage soup?

Make a double batch of this cabbage soup recipe so you can freeze half of it for a quick dinner!! First let it cool completely before putting it into an airtight container and putting it into your freezer. It will keep for about 2-3 months.

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Pressure Cooker Cabbage Soup

Ready for this easy pressure cooker cabbage soup recipe? If you love your Instant Pot and cabbage then this may become your favorite dinner ever! 
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword cabbage, easy, instant pot, pressure cooker, soup, stuffed cabbage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 409kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Turn your pressure cooker to saute and add your olive oil, diced onion and 1 lb. of ground sausage. Add minced garlic about half way thru. Cook until sausage is no longer pink then turn your pot OFF.
  • Dump your can of diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, Worc. sauce, and broth into your pot and stir. (we add 32 oz. of broth, then add another cup when it is all done if we want it thinner/soupier)
  • Pour your uncooked white rice into your liquid, DO NOT Stir. Separate the leaves in your chunks of cubed cabbage and measure out about 6 cups.
  • Put your 6 cups of cubed cabbage leaves into your Instant Pot and gently push down into your liquid.
  • Put your lid on, close your steam valve, and push your rice button.
  • It will automatically set to low, for 12 minutes.
  • Do a quick release when done and enjoy, great with some shredded parmesan on top!


Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Cabbage Soup
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 1686mg73%
Potassium 971mg28%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 695IU14%
Vitamin C 43.2mg52%
Calcium 96mg10%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
instant pot stuffed cabbage soup
4.92 from 12 votes (1 rating without comment)
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Dora Parsons

Tuesday 25th of June 2024

Can you use jasmine rice? This looks so yummy, making this tomorrow and will update.

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 26th of June 2024

should be fine


Sunday 30th of April 2023

I made this yesterday and it is DELICIOUS! Thank you so much. This will become a 'go to' soup recipe in my house. I left it a little thicker and did not add a cup of water at the end. I was thinking that, next time, I will add green beans although wife thought any veggie addition would be fun (peas, corn, etc.).

The Typical Mom

Sunday 30th of April 2023

So glad it was a hit


Saturday 18th of March 2023

What makes you think that every one has an insta pot? Every time I try to get a recipe for my pressure cooker you people only give a recipe for an insta-pot.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 19th of March 2023

I don't that is why it is called pressure cooker. Doesn't matter what brand you have. IP, crockpot express or ninja foodi using the lid that is not attached and pressure cook button works the same way.


Monday 1st of February 2021

I'm curious about adding sauerkraut, when and how much?


Saturday 24th of October 2020

Wonderfully delicious. Used instant pot. One package of coleslaw was exact amount needed. Used Prego sauce from Costco.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 25th of October 2020

OH yay!

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