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Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage Soup

Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage Soup

I created this recipe as one day I was craving stuffed cabbage. This is a Polish dish (and possible other regions of Eastern Europe). I grew up eating these stuffed “piggies”, as we called them, with mashed potatoes and sometimes mustard or horseradish. Obviously I had to create this WITHOUT the pork, beef or veal Mother traditionally used.
Hence, we have lentils! I included a leaf of kale in the photo to remind us how this was once a garnish on many dishes in restaurants only to be discarded. I wanted to share with you that finely (or not finely) chopped up kale is wonderful in many soups. I enjoy it in my Dal recipe as well as my Lasagna Soup. It is a great way to get greens in.


  • 1/2 Medium Cabbage chopped in large pieces
  • 1 Small White onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Small Shallot diced
  • 1/2 Cup Rice rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup Brown or green lentils rinsed
  • 1 Large Can Tomato purée
  • 4 T Tamari sauce
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 T Basil
  • 1 T Oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme


  • Place instant pot on sauté and sauté the onion for about 2 minutes, then shallot was and lastly garlic for about 30 seconds each or until fragrant, keeping some cold water nearby so it doesn’t stick and splash a tablespoon or so as you go.
  • Add in water, tomatoes, herbs, tamari, rinsed rice and rinsed lentils. 
  • Give a good stir.
  • Place lid and seal instant pot.
  • Time for 7 minutes, carefully release steam, add salt to taste and and pepper adjust other flavours.
  • If you want a more onion or garlic flavor at this stage use powder.