Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls are a classic comfort food that are perfect for chilly nights. This recipe uses a combination of ground beef, rice, and spices to create a flavorful filling that’s wrapped in tender cabbage leaves. The whole dish is baked in a tangy tomato sauce that’s sure to please. Give it a try for a hearty and satisfying meal!

1 medium head cabbage (3 pounds)
1/2 pound uncooked ground beef
1/2 pound uncooked ground pork
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon snipped fresh dill or dill weed
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Cook cabbage in boiling water just until outer leaves pull away easily from head. Set aside 12 large leaves for rolls. In a small bowl, combine the beef, pork, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, onion, rice, parsley, salt, dill and cayenne; mix well.
Cut out the thick vein from the bottom of each leaf, making a V-shaped cut. Place about 1/4 cup meat mixture on a cabbage leaf; overlap cut ends of leaf. Fold in sides. Beginning from the cut end, roll up. Repeat.
Slice the remaining cabbage; place in a Dutch oven. Arrange the cabbage rolls seam side down over sliced cabbage. Combine the tomatoes, sugar and remaining tomato sauce; pour over the rolls. Cover and bake at 350° until cabbage rolls are tender, 1-1/2 hours.


Q: Can I use a different type of meat?
A: Yes, you can substitute ground pork, chicken, or turkey for the ground beef.

Q: Can I make the cabbage rolls ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can assemble the cabbage rolls up to a day ahead of time and refrigerate them until you’re ready to bake them.

Q: Can I freeze cabbage rolls?
A: Yes, you can freeze cabbage rolls either before or after baking them. Just be sure to wrap them tightly in foil or plastic wrap.

Q: Can I use a different type of cabbage?
A: Yes, you can use green cabbage, savoy cabbage, or Napa cabbage in place of the white cabbage.

Q: Can I make this recipe vegetarian?
A: Yes, you can substitute cooked lentils or crumbled tofu for the ground beef.

I hope these answers are helpful!

Nutrition facts for Cabbage rolls per serving (8 servings):

Calories: 310
Total Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 70mg
Sodium: 710mg
Total Carbohydrates: 34g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Sugar: 18g
Protein: 21g

Please note that these are estimates and may vary based on many factors.