Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

cabbage rolls
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  • Total: 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
438 Calories
14g Fat
52g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 438
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 1163mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Protein 28g
Calcium 194mg 15%
*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.)

Cabbage rolls are a comfort food for many folks. Cabbage leaves are stuffed with an herbed ground beef, sausage, and rice mixture. They are easy to make for a satisfying hearty meal. My Granny-Ma always served cabbage rolls over mashed potatoes with lots of the tomato gravy.


  • 8 large whole cabbage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 1 (28 ounces) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, quartered
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pound ground beef (ground chuck recommended)
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano (crushed between palms)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil (crushed between palms)
  • 2 garlic cloves (pressed)
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup rice (cooked al dente and cooled)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Steam or microwave the cabbage leaves until tender. Let cool. Cut out a 2 to a 3-inch wedge of the tough stalk from the bottom of the leaves, taking care to leave the rest intact. Set aside.

  3. Coat the bottom of a large Dutch oven with olive oil and place over medium heat. Add onions and toss to coat. Cover and sweat the onions, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and translucent. Add tomatoes, quartered garlic cloves, and water. Simmer about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Combine ground beef, Italian sausage, diced onions, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, pressed garlic, egg, tomato paste, and rice. Divide meat mixture into 8 portions. 

  5. Place each meat portion at the curled tip of a cabbage leaf. Fold the top of the leaf down over the stuffing, fold the sides of the cabbage leaves in toward the center, and roll up to enclose the filling. 

  6. Place cabbage rolls seam-side down in a deep, heavy skillet or Dutch oven. Top with the tomato sauce. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat about 1 hour.

  7. Serve and enjoy!

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