Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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Traditional Stuffed Cabbage Rolls just like Mom always made. Meatball made of ground beef, rice and Parmesan cheese, wrapped in a cabbage leaf and topped with tomato sauce.
 
 
 
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - An Affair from the Heart
Are you like me?  Do you have foods that really weren’t anything that appealed to you as a kid, that now you can’t imagine why?
 
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - An Affair from the Heart
 
 
 
These Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are one of those things for me, cabbage in general, really.  Not sure what it was when I was a kid. Maybe my mom didn’t make it enough?  It just wasn’t my favorite.  Typically she would make it twice a year, once in these cabbage rolls, and again for St. Patrick’s Day when she made Corned Beef and Cabbage.
 
 
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - An Affair from the Heart
 
My husband’s family, however, ate cabbage all the time! My Mother-in-Law is a great cook, and she makes cabbage as a side dish all the time.  It always accompanies her super yummy pot roast.   It took me 21 years of marriage to actually make these for my husband and our kids.  Now, we have them quite a bit.  Unless I am in a rush,  then I skip all of the rolling and stuffing and make my Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet.  It quickly became a super popular recipe on my site.  Who doesn’t love an Easy Weeknight Meal — well, anytime?
 
 
 
Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet - An Affair from the Heart
Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet – Tastes just like cabbage rolls, but this unstuffed cabbage roll skillet is done in no time and perfect for weeknight meals!

How does your family feel about cabbage?  My buddy, Brandi, from Aunt Bee’s Recipes, has a recipe for Southern Fried Cabbage that her family loves, and it’s become a regular internet sensation – one of her top posts of all times.

 

 

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - An Affair from the Heart

These cabbage rolls do take a little bit of time, but they are so worth it! Super tasty, and a pretty presentation that is also an economical meal.

 

 

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - An Affair from the Heart

I cut the bottom off of the head of cabbage and drop it in a pot of boiling water to help the leaves separate easier.  I used to try to take them off of the uncooked head, and it seemed they always ripped on me.  As I am making my meatballs, I take each leaf off, as they loosen in the pot, with a set of tongs.  Be carful — they are hot!

 

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - An Affair from the Heart

Place the prepared meatball at the bottom of the leaf (where the stem would be) fold the sides inward, and roll from the bottom up.  Place seam side down in a baking dish.

 

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - An Affair from the Heart

Pour tomato sauce over the top of the rolls, cover and bake for about 90 minutes.

 

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - An Affair from the Heart

Dinner is served.  No need for anything else ..it’s all right here, all in one pot!

 

Here are some other great cabbage recipes:  Cabbage & Bleu Cheese Soup, Copy Cat KFC Cole Slaw, Crunchy Asian Ramen Slaw, Inside Out Cabbage Roll Soup, Pickled Red Cabbage from Take Two Tapas, and Coleslaw Minus the Mayo from Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish.

 

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - An Affair from the Heart

Let’s make some cabbage rolls! M.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Yield: 16 rolls / serves 8

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

overhead of Stuffed Cabbage Rolls on a white plate

Traditional Stuffed Cabbage Rolls just like Mom always made. Meatball made of ground beef, rice and Parmesan cheese, wrapped in a cabbage leaf and topped with tomato sauce.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 - 29 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup instant rice, uncooked
  • 1 head green cabbage
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a covered deep baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Place a large pot of water to boil on the stove.
  4. Combine ground beef with rice, onion, cheese and spices. Form into 16 meatballs.
  5. Cut the bottom off of the head of cabbage and drop it in a pot of boiling water to help the leaves separate easier. (I used to try to take them off of the uncooked head, and it seemed they always ripped on me. ) Take each leaf off, as they loosen in the pot, with a set of tongs. Be carful -- they are hot!
  6. Place the prepared meatball at the bottom of the leaf (where the stem would be) fold the sides inward, and roll from the bottom up.  Place seam side down in a baking dish.
  7. Pour tomato sauce over the top, cover and bake for 90 minutes.
  8. Makes 16 rolls.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 404Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 831mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 35g

nutrition isn't guaranteed accurate.

 
 
 
 

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27 Comments

  1. Wow, I’ll have to find Grandma’s recipe (I have it somewhere), but I think your cabbage rolls are really really similar to hers. She used to make a big pan and we would freeze them so we could eat them often. Thanks!

    1. Not sure what the problem might be? I just did a test and it worked? I emailed you the recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. No. You form them into meatballs and roll in the cabbage. It cooks while it bakes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is one of the most popular dishes in our family and the funny thing is that growing up as a kid, I wouldn’t go near anything with the word cabbage in it! Your recipe for these cabbage rolls looks so good I think I can smell them, all the way to Wisconsin! I’m loving the idea of some Parmesan cheese added, like you did here. Fantastic job!

  3. Can you believe I’ve never made stuffed cabbage rolls and I love cabbage! This looks like a simple recipe that I can make this week. Thanks, it looks delicious!

  4. Oh this sounds like a fantastic meal!! I love the simple flavors in this comfort meal. I’ve been on the search for lower carb meals and this one nails it on the head! Thanks! Cant wait to make it

  5. Instead of tomato sauce, I use drained sour crout and pour over 1 cup of water then cook This is oh so good, Hope you try it this way.

  6. Confusion. This makes 16 cabbage rolls – but serving size is one – yet it serves 8??
    So is this 2 cabbage rolls as a serving???

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