Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Soup

Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Soup

The temperature lately has been extremely chilly! Chris and I are constantly wearing our sweaters and jackets inside the house with the heater on.  Yep, it’s that cold! Some nights, the temperature even dropped below freezing.  We lost a few of our hibiscus plants because of it (I think! We don’t exactly have green thumbs).  I’m hoping our citrus trees will survive through the winter.

And speaking of winter, I made this soup to comfort our bellies.  It’s easy, healthy, light but hearty at the same time.  We paired it with grilled cheese, it was so satisfying.  One of many things I love about winter —being able to eat a big bowl of soup to warm-up the tummy and feel totally content afterwards.  You know what I mean.  Have a great week!

Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Soup

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  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of allspice
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup of tomato sauce
  • 4-5 cups of turkey broth (depending on how chunky you like your soup)
  • 1 small head of Savoy cabbage, thinly sliced
  • white rice, accompaniment
  • fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • fresh dill, finely chopped

Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Soup


In a large Dutch oven over medium high heat add olive oil and ground turkey.  Crumble and brown meat.  Season with allspice, ground coriander, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.  Add bay leaf, chopped onions, garlic and carrots.  Cook vegetables for 2-3 minutes until they soften.  Then add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, turkey broth and cabbage.  Cover and raise the heat to high.  Let the pot come to a bubble.  Then reduce to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until cabbage is cooked.  Discard bay leaf and check for seasoning.  Ladle soup into a bowl, add a scoop of white rice on top, and garnish with chopped parsley and dill.

Adapted from Rachael Ray

Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Soup


50 thoughts on “Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Soup

  1. Mmm – I just love cabbage in soup (I think it comes from a year I spent in Eastern Europe after college) – there’s something so caramelized and delicious that happens to cabbage when it’s cooked into soup. Love this recipe, Anne.

  2. Mmmm…I love cabbage and need to work it in soup. Thanks for the inspiration, Anne! I love that you used turkey broth. I made use of our turkey leftovers for the first time after Thanksgiving this year and realized how great it is! Made a soup with turkey broth (too lazy to make my own stock from the carcass) and it was so good – plus, we had a few bites with rice and it was so good. Everything you already know, clearly. We have a snow day here today and I want this soup!! Stay warm. I have my booties and scarf on in the house right with ‘ya!

  3. It has been cold here, Anne! I’m in SF with a frozen face and hands on my way to school and had to stop at Sbux to warm up. I need a bowl of this soup — it looks so warm, inviting, and delicious!

  4. Hi, Anne. I agree – it is chilly out – and this is the perfect dish to warm you up. Especially with the gorgeous white rice. Carbs with a meat-based soup in the winter is a must! We are also wearing our sweaters inside these days. Thank you for sharing your beautiful dish. Warm regards, Shanna

  5. We finally got some relief from the warm weather today since the temps are down in the 50’s. I’ve had the biggest craving for soup all day today and this hearty turkey cabbage soup would definitely satisfy that craving. Thanks for sharing!

  6. It’s been so cold here too! Whenever I sit at the computer I have a huge blanket wrapped around me and my fingers are still cold! And yes to this soup – it sounds and looks wonderful. I totally agree – soup is so satisfying this time of the year!

  7. Oh Anne this is just the meal I need to see after being out in the cold all day. It’s been really cold here lately too and we even had a some snow flurries. This soup looks delicious and so comforting! Pinning, the turkey broth mixed with all the herbs and spices sounds so flavorful. I love all the hearty veggies in here too and sure wish I had a big bowl of this wonderful soup to warm up with! Stay warm and hope you have a wonderful week sweetie:) xo

  8. As a kid, I hated cabbage. I didn’t like the smell of some of the boiled cabbage dishes, even if everything else tasted great that smell just turned me off.

    But now I love cabbage, and different kinds too. I love kimchi, I love stuffed cabbage, I love it sauteed with some ham or spam! This soup would have probably changed my mind if I had it as a kid. All you can smell is deliciousness. 🙂

  9. This soup makes so much sense Anne. I can’t believe I have never thought to combine these flavors. GREAT idea and as you say, perfect for this cold weather. (I was calling it chilly but it has passed that by a mile:) I do hope your citrus tress make it. Did you cover them? You can try wrapping them in burlap or an old blanket. Good Luck!

  10. A nearby deli sold the best cabbage soup but, inexplicably, it closed last Summer, taking my soup with it. I think yours, though, with the ground turkey, would have given their soup a run for their money. It really sounds good, Anne. Real good. 🙂

  11. This sounds super delicious! I feel like I live in the frozen northland sometimes, so I’m always on the hunt for a new, tasty soup recipe. Thanks for posting!

  12. Cosy, filling soups like this are perfect now that it’s got so so cold. I love the fact that it’s healthy as well. That way, I don’t feel as bad when I eat all the cookies that I have planned haha ;–)

  13. We are dipping down to 1º tonight so hot comfort food is in demand! Your soup looks amazing…I always love the addition of cabbage, so I know this is a winner. Thanks, Anne!!

  14. Heck, lately we’ve been delighted when we see temperatures above freezing! Gonna be 6 degrees F tonight. Anyway, super soup – this looks so terrific. Love this – thanks.

  15. It is definitely soup weather here with the high today only going to reach 19. Your soup sounds delicious…I love cabbage rolls so I know I will love this soup.

  16. This is the kind of soup that just warms you from the inside out! It looks absolutely delicious Anne and perfect paired with a grilled cheese! One of my favorite meals this time of year.

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