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Cabbage Rolls Recipe

This cabbage rolls recipe is easy and will make a comforting meal for your dinner! Make some mashed potatoes on the side and there is your wholesome, delicious meal.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Global
Keyword: cabbage rolls, cabbage rolls recipe, healthy cabbage rolls, homemade cabbage rolls, how to make stuffed cabbage rolls in oven
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 469kcal
Author: Luna Regina



  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
    preheat the oven
  • Boil 8 leaves of cabbage in hot water for one minute. Use a pair of tongs to take them out of the pot, then carefully cut off the stem sections.
    step 2: Boil cabbage and cut off the stem
  • Heat 1/2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat in a skillet and then add 4 oz onions. Cook until it’s translucent, then add 2 tsp garlic and cook for another minute. Add 2 tbsp tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add 1 1/4 cups tomato sauce in, stir in 1/3 cup chicken stock, and turn off the stove.
    step 3: Make the tomato sauce
  • In a large bowl, combine 12 oz ground beef, 1 tsp dry oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tsp brown sugar, 2 1/2 tbsp heavy cream, 1.5 oz plain panko breadcrumbs, 1/3 cup arborio rice, and 1/3 of the sauce you just made. Mix well.
    step 4: make the beef filling
  • Divide the beef filling into 8 portions with a spoon. Lay a cooked cabbage leaf on a flat surface, scoop one filling portion onto it, and start rolling. Tuck the sides in while you roll. Put that aside and continue rolling until you get 8 equal-sized rolls.
    step 5: make the rolls
  • Place half of the remaining sauce into a large baking dish. With the spoon you’ve just used, smear it out to create an even layer. Carefully place 8 cabbage rolls in, and add the remaining sauce on top. Smear that around as well so every roll gets enough sauce. Cover with foil and slide into a preheated oven to cook for 1 hour.
    step 6: Place the rolls in a baking dish, add sauce, and bake
  • When it’s done, sprinkle 2 1/2 tbsp parmesan and 2 tbsp parsley on top. Serve immediately or wait until the rolls cool down a bit (they’ll be super hot inside!)
    step 7: Sprinkle parmesan, parsley, and serve


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 710mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1617IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 4mg