Cabbage With Meatballs

cabbage with meatballs
Laurel Randolph
Ratings (10)
  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
509 Calories
21g Fat
38g Carbs
44g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 509
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 166mg 55%
Sodium 311mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Protein 44g
Calcium 158mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If stuffed cabbage and spaghetti with meatballs had a baby, it would be cabbage with meatballs. Stuffed cabbage, also know as cabbage rolls, is a delicious, classic Eastern European dish, but it takes nearly all day to make. Cut some corners and try something a little different by turning the filling into meatballs and stewing the cabbage directly in the savory tomato sauce.

A simple tomato sauce spiked with red wine vinegar and brown sugar slowly simmers along with savoy or Napa cabbage, until tender and flavorful. Meanwhile, meatballs flavored with garlic and paprika bake in the oven (smoked or sweet paprika work well here). The dish has tons of flavor and is lower in carbs than spaghetti and meatballs. Plus, it all comes together in just 45 minutes and is largely hands-off.

Cabbage and Meatballs will serve three as a main dish or four as a side. Try serving it with roasted beet salad with crumbled feta for a lighter meal. Add easy barley and mushroom pilaf or Hungarian stuffed peppers and Hungarian fried bread (Langos) for a real Eastern European feast. Just don't forget the sour cream!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped or grated, divided)
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced, divided)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 small savoy or Napa cabbage (cored and thinly chopped, about 6-7 cups)
  • 1 to 1 1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
  • Optional: sour cream

Steps to Make It

  1.  Preheat your oven to 425 F.

  2. Heat a large sauce pot over medium heat. Add the oil followed by 3/4 of the onion and 3 minced garlic cloves. Saute for 3 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add the crushed tomatoes, brown sugar, and red wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Add the chopped cabbage and carefully stir. Bring to a low simmer and cover. Let cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the cabbage is tender.

  3. Meanwhile, make the meatballs. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, remaining 1/4 of the onion, remaining 2 minced garlic cloves, egg, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika. Season with salt and pepper and mix well by hand.

  4. Form into 1-inch balls and place on a greased large baking sheet spaced evenly apart. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cooked through.

  5. Add the meatballs to the cabbage and sauce and serve topped with parsley and sour cream on the side.