Cabbage Roll Recipe

cabbage roll recipe

Everyone loves a good hearty meal that has a variety of flavors to tease the senses. Cabbage rolls do just that and are also incredibly filling.

Loaded with simple ingredients this is a recipe for beginners or advanced cooks.

Basic Information


Prep is 1 hour and 15 minutes, Total 2 hours and 15 minutes, Ingredients 11, and Servings is 8.


  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1/2 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
  • 12 cabbage leaves
  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1/3 to 1/2 a cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


Place your cabbage leaves in a large bowl and cover them with boiling water. Let stand until leaves are limp, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Pour boiling water  over cabbage leaves and set aside.
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Heat oven to 350°F.

Mix the beef, rice, 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce, the salt, pepper, onion, and garlic.

  • dice garlic
  • Mix meat for cabbage rolls

With your cabbage leaves ready, place about 1/3 cup of the beef mixture at the end of each leaf. Now roll the leaf around the beef mixture, tucking in the sides.

Place the filled cabbage rolls, seam side down in an ungreased, 8 x 8 x 2 inch baking dish.

Rolling Cabbage rolls
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Mix the remaining tomato sauce, the sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cabbage rolls.

cabbage rolls ready to go into the oven.
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Cover and bake around 45 minutes or until the beef mixture is no longer pink in the center.

Baking cabbage rolls.
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Remove your pan from the oven and keep the cabbage rolls inside the pan or set the cabbage rolls on a warm platter.

Mix cornstarch and water; stir into liquid. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute.

Serve and finish off your dinner by pouring the sauce over your cabbage rolls.

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Finished Cabbage Rolls


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Nutrition Facts

Serving size 2 cup

Servings per container 8

Amount per serving
Calories 585

Calories from Fat 234

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 1030mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 21%
Dietary Fiber 20g 80%
Sugars g
Protein 46g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Additional Nutrition Facts:

Dietary Fiber 20g; Vitamin A 18%; Vitamin C 16%; Calcium 34%; Iron 46%.

Diet Exchanges: 3 Starch, 3 High-Fat Meat, 3 Vegetable.

For an easy bread to go along with dinner see Sicilian Bread.

Cheers- Heather Earles

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