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Easy Cabbage Roll Recipe

Updated on March 9, 2008

This is my grandma’s recipe, so don’t tell her I’m passing it along! Cabbage rolls are tasty, but take a lot of time to prepare. My grandmother was a wife and mother who also worked at a full-time job outside of the home. She often made this easy version of cabbage rolls, which is actually a casserole.

Even if you don’t have a lot of time to cook dinners, you can easily whip up simple, tasty meals so your family can eat together. Serve this with cornbread, tomato wedges, and sliced onion. The meal wouldn’t be complete without some iced tea, so mix a bit of that up too. This dish is also good when you combine it with potatoes (boiled, mashed, or roasted). You have a lot of freedom with what to serve with this meal.

Another great thing about this meal isn’t that it doesn’t cost a lot. Cabbage is very nutritious, but also inexpensive. Just one cup of cabbage contains 90% of your daily value of Vitamin K, 50% of Vitamin C, and over 3 grams of fiber. Cabbage is also incredibly low in calories.

I omit the meat when I cook it for myself, so you can too if you desire. I either substitute the meat with a meat alternative, or crumbled tofu.

Unstuffed Cabbage Recipe


  • 6 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 can sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
  • ½ lb. ground beef (or meat substitute)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked minute rice
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. allspice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 cans tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Prepare a 2 ½ qua baking dish.

2. Mix the cabbage and sauerkraut together, and spread into baking dish.

3. Cook the meat and onions together. Drain off any fat from the meat.

4. Add the uncooked rice, salt, pepper, allspice, brown sugar, soup, and water to the meat mixture.

5. Pour the meat mixture over the cabbage.

6. Cover with foil, and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.

7. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese, and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese melts.


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      newsworthy 8 years ago

      Oh Nice.  I had thoughts of cabbage rolls recently when asked to bring a dish for a family in need but I didnt make time to prepare and roll. 

      With this recipe, its chop and bake cabbage. Thanks to your recipe, my thoughts now become things. 

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      Bendy's Ideas 9 years ago from South Carolina

      thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      JerseyGirl 10 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Nice, very, very nice. Thank you for sharing.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 10 years ago from United States

      I just love cabbage rolls! This looks so easy that I can't wait to try it! Gotta add it to my recipe folder first! LOL. Thanks, Stacie!


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      mrs know it all 10 years ago from The Windy City Suburbs

      Hi Stacie, so funny you posted this, my 3 year old has been asking about red cabbage and I've been looking for a way to use it in a recipe for him to experience and for me to put in my mommy site I found another one to use for the site but I will be trying this! Looks easy too. Thanks