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Old-Fashioned Cabbage Rolls Recipe

These baked stuffed cabbage rolls are a weeknight classic.

Old-Fashioned Cabbage Rolls Recipe
Old-Fashioned Cabbage Rolls Recipe
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You can never have too many different ways to incorporate cabbage into your favorite meals. This Old-Fashioned Cabbage Rolls Recipe is the perfect way for you to make a delicious cabbage dinner and cut out some carbs in your diet. These cabbage rolls are truly delicious and insanely easy to make. It only takes about 10 minutes to get this cabbage recipe prepped to be put in the oven, and then you have 75 minutes to yourself while it bakes. This old fashioned cabbage roll recipe is definitely one you'll want in your own cookbook.

We all know that grandma knows best... and she definitely knew best when she decided to make this old family recipe. She knew how to make a great meal that's big on flavor, but short on effort, and these baked stuffed cabbage rolls are exactly that. Make them for your own family when you have time on any weeknight, or save them for a cozy weekend meal.

Cooking Time1 hr 15 min


Total TimeUnder 2 Hours


  • For the Cabbage Rolls
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon green onions
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 leaves of cabbage
  • For the Sauce
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz.)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Old-Fashioned Cabbage Rolls Recipe

  1. In large bowl, combine 1 cup cooked rice, onion powder, ground beef, green onions, egg, and salt.

  2. Place about ¼ cup of meat mixture in center of each cabbage leaf, and roll up, tucking in ends. Place rolls in large baking pan.

  3. Mix together tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over cabbage rolls. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 for 75 minutes.

Avoid Soggy Cabbage Rolls

Did you know cabbage is one of those veggies that tends to hold a lot of moisture? If you don't handle it properly, you could end up with a soggy recipe.

After washing your cabbage leaves for this recipe (and any other cabbage treat), be sure to dry them properly. A fantastic way to do this is to wash your cabbage and let it sit in the collindar for an hour or so with some salt sprinkled on. After that, you should be able to drain excess moisture.

Don't have the time? Try blotting them with paper towel once you've washed them instead.

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I could never make cabbage rolls with lean beef. I use half beef and half pork mixture for moist meat. Another trick with cabbage, I cut out the core and place down in 1-2 inches of water in microwave. Take out, remove first ones that come off easy and repeat. Takes all of 10 minutes to have all your leaves ready for stuffing.

yes you do..

Do you parboil the cabbage first??

Quick question Ingredient list shows Onion Powder. Instructions mention Garlic Powder. Which one is it? Thanks.

I love how comforting this recipe is. It's exactly what I want to eat after a long day at work. The leftovers are delicious, too!

Old family recipes are always the best because there is so much love that goes into making them. The sauce is different than what I normally use to make my cabbage rolls but it sounds flavorful. I'd probably leave out the sugar and add some chili pepper flakes to give it a little heat...but other than that there's really not much you can do to mess up something as yummy as cabbage rolls.

My dad grows cabbage and is always giving me some. This is a great way to use up some of it. The sauce has good flavor without being too sweet. The rolls also reheat well if you have any left over. You could use ground turkey, but beef has better flavor. If you go with turkey, season it more.

When I was a little girl I absolutely detested cabbage. Fortunately I grew up and now love it and so does everyone in our family so this is a great recipe for our household. It is a really nice meal and the sauce, which is totally delicious, is a very good accompaniment. Thanks very much for this great recipe which is now a family favorite!


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