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5 from 10 votes

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe

For a quick and easy dinner, look no further than this Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls recipe! It has all of the flavors you know and love in traditional stuffed cabbage with ground beef, rice, tomato sauce, and cabbage, but without all of the work!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Polish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 420 kcal


  • 2 Tbsp. oil divided
  • 1 small sweet onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 lb. ground beef venison or turkey, 90/10 or 93/7
  • 7-8 cups cabbage shredded
  • 15 oz. crushed tomatoes canned
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce canned
  • 1 cup rice cooked white or brown*
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar optional
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt to taste
  • ½ tsp. black pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. oregano dried
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley finely chopped


  1. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a large skillet along with the diced onion and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and continue cooking for 30 seconds, or until it becomes fragrant.
  2. Push onion and garlic to the side and add the ground beef. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink. Mash with a potato masher to get fine crumbles and then drain any excess fat.
  3. Push the meat and onions to the side and add in an additional tablespoon of oil along with the cabbage. You may have to add this in batches if your skillet isn’t large enough. Saute for 3-4 minutes, adding in more cabbage as you go.
  4. Once the cabbage has softened, add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, cooked rice, Worcestershire sauce, and remaining seasonings. Stir everything together until well combined.
  5. Bring the sauce to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of additional chopped parsley and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 420 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 1065mg46%
Potassium 965mg28%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1232IU25%
Vitamin C 58mg70%
Calcium 128mg13%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.