Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

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    • #343508
      zheyikei

      Cabbage is a superfood with lots of nutrients! Did you know that it is known for healing stomach ulcers and preventing cancer (particularly colon cancer).

      This is a simply, yet delicious recipe for unstuffed cabbage rolls. There are two versions, soupy and upsoupy. LOL basically, If you want it less “soupy” you need to add 1 c.

      of (uncooked) rice and it will absorb the extra water (& extend the servings., making it even more budget friendly!)

      Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

      Ingredients:
      1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
      1 tablespoon oil
      1 large onion, chopped
      1 clove garlic, minced
      1 small cabbage, chopped
      2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
      1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
      1/2 cup water
      1 teaspoon ground black pepper
      1 teaspoon sea salt

      Heat the Olive oil in a Big Skillet (use medium heat) Saute the onions until tender, and then add the ground beef (or turkey) until the meat is browned.

      Add the garlic, cook an additional minute before adding the remaining ingredients.

      (This is the point you would add the rice Bring them to a boil, Cover, reduce the heat and simmer about 25 minutes (or until the cabbage is quite fork tender)

      Yield: Serves 6 to 8

      just a noteThis recipe adapted from EssentiallyComplete.net
      Photo Credit: EssentiallyComplete as well!

      Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe- Print Now

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      Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

      Budget101.com by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
      Unstuffed cabbage rolls are a deconstructed version of the classic dish, combining ground beef, rice, cabbage, and tomato sauce in one pot.

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      Prep Time 5 minutes
      Cook Time 25 minutes
      Total Time 30 minutes

      Course Dinner, Main Course
      Cuisine American, Mediterranean

      Servings 6
      Calories 382 kcal

      Equipment

      Ingredients

        

      • 1 ½ to 2 pounds ground beef (lean) (or turkey)
      • 1 tablespoon oil
      • 1 large onion (chopped)
      • 1 clove garlic (minced)
      • 1 small cabbage (chopped)
      • 29 ounces diced tomatoes ((2 cans))
      • 8 ounces tomato sauce
      • ½ cup water
      • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
      • 1 teaspoon sea salt

      Instructions

       

      • Start by heating olive oil in a big skillet over medium heat. Saute onions until tender, then add ground beef or turkey until browned.
        1 tablespoon oil
        1 large onion
        1 ½ to 2 pounds ground beef (lean)
      • Season the meat with salt and pepper.
        1 teaspoon ground black pepper
        1 teaspoon sea salt
      • Add garlic, cook for an extra minute, then include the rest of the ingredients.
        1 clove garlic
        1 small cabbage
        29 ounces diced tomatoes
        8 ounces tomato sauce
        ½ cup water
      • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for around 25 minutes until cabbage is fork-tender. Enjoy this delicious dish!

      Equipment

      Large Skillet

      Notes

      To extend servings & reduce soupiness:

      To reduce the soupiness, add 1 cup of uncooked rice. It will soak up the extra water, increase servings, and make it more budget-friendly! 

      Add the rice in step 4 just prior to covering the dish. 

      Recipe Size Alteration Note

      If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1gCalories: 382kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 23gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 862mgPotassium: 921mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 443IUVitamin C: 61mgCalcium: 125mgIron: 5mgNet Carbs: 12g
      Tried this recipe?Mention @Budget101com or tag #Budget101com!

      Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

      Unstuffed cabbage rolls are a deconstructed version of the classic dish, combining ground beef, rice, cabbage, and tomato sauce in one pot.

      • Large Skillet
      • Spatula
      • 1 ½ to 2 pounds ground beef (lean) (or turkey)
      • 1 tablespoon oil
      • 1 large onion (chopped)
      • 1 clove garlic (minced)
      • 1 small cabbage (chopped)
      • 29 ounces diced tomatoes ((2 cans))
      • 8 ounces tomato sauce
      • ½ cup water
      • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
      • 1 teaspoon sea salt
      1. Start by heating olive oil in a big skillet over medium heat. Saute onions until tender, then add ground beef or turkey until browned.

      2. Season the meat with salt and pepper.

      3. Add garlic, cook for an extra minute, then include the rest of the ingredients.

      4. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for around 25 minutes until cabbage is fork-tender. Enjoy this delicious dish!

      To extend servings & reduce soupiness:

      To reduce the soupiness, add 1 cup of uncooked rice. It will soak up the extra water, increase servings, and make it more budget-friendly! 

      Add the rice in step 4 just prior to covering the dish. 

      Dinner, Main Course
      American, Mediterranean
      30 minutes, Beef, cabbage
      Beef, cabbage, tomatoes

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    • #455119
      QueenAngie

      Much easier dish than preparing cabbage rolls! Still the same delicious taste too!

    • #455128
      Snootie31

      Glad to see this recipe! I have made it in the past and then forgot about it. It is so delicious and am going to make it today!

      Thanks for posting it.

    • #455135
      Shannon1202

      Can’t wait to try this…have been wanting cabbage rolls for so long and I just don’t take the time to make them…thanks! I’m new and think I’m going to love this site!!!!

    • #455165
      Fritz

      This sounds like a really great recipe.

    • #455173
      fleming915

      Try using Campbell’s Tomato Soup instead of tomato sauce.

    • #455188
      brendam

      This sounds yummy and easy! I think I’ll try this tomorrow. Thanks!

    • #455192
      grumpy01

      This sounds good and looks simple to make.

    • #455226
      4onthefloor

      We loved it! We made it tonight. We changed it up a bit though by adding mild rotel.

      Still tasted great and all of it was eaten!

    • #455304
      barbrodgers

      I can not wait to try this. It looks so good.

    • #455323
      LBC206

      I made this tonite and it came out just as it appears in the photo. It was delicious. I added about a cup 1/2 of cooked rice.

    • #455337
      lucy1lu1

      Can’t wait to try this .one. Definitely on the menu tonight

    • #455351
      headengraver

      Going to try this. Looks delicious

    • #455354
      moss4art

      My mother always made the best cabbage rolls with a mixture of hamburger and rice. This recipe sounds easy and delicious, I think I will try it served over rice!

    • #455360
      ekshrider

      Can’t wait to try this.

    • #455381
      Genetruckmom

      I love this stuff it is so good and easy to keep warm until the kids get here

    • #455383
      Beebonnet

      This would be delicious served over rice. Isn’t rice often in cabbage rolls?

    • #455397
      cill1947

      If you add green bell peppers and celery, you have cabbage soup. plus add all the spices you want.

    • #455399
      Eileenf

      This looks wonderful and we must try it! thanks for sharing : )

    • #455414
      bettysut

      definitely going to try this. new cabbage should be available soon

    • #455417
      DGrammyB

      Sounds delicious and so simple. I read the directions for a “newbie” but don’t see a link for printing from my iPad. Help!

      Thanks

    • #455426
      Patywak

      Has anyone tried using fresh tomatoes? If so, how much?

    • #455439
      redmama

      This looks amazing! I make something similar. Instead of 2 cans of diced tomatoes and the spices, I use an envelope of dry onion soup mix stirred together with 1 can of tomato sauce and 1/4 cup water.

    • #455453
      lala72

      Thank you for the recipe. I too have made it when I didn’t feel like making cabbage rolls. I can remember that it was very delicious.

      It makes me want to go to the store and buy a cabbage and cook some tonight. It will be on next month’s meal plan for sure.

    • #455463
      Taterbug

      I made this tonight and it was delish!! I will definitely be making it again!

    • #455490
      rainmae

      Can’t wait to make it.

    • #455493
      lmathurin

      low calorie! Making today for dinner.

    • #455511
      atobias

      I am also new to this site and I am already loving it.

    • #455513
      Cole56

      This thread is word for word and image taken from Essentially Complete. Copy right infringement is not a good thing. Please give credit where credit is due.

      EssentiallyComplete.com You should always ask and get permission before using someone’s words and pictures. Please contact her. Thank you.

    • #455523
      zheyikei

      @Cole56 517813 wrote:

      This thread is word for word and image taken from Essentially Complete. Copy right infringement is not a good thing. Please give credit where credit is due.

      EssentiallyComplete.com You should always ask and get permission before using someone’s words and pictures. Please contact her. Thank you.

      i didn’t know that when i shared it, it was listed just like that on a weight watchers group facebook page and they didn’t post any reference/source and i did ask the group if i could reshare and they told me yes so maybe the person that created that site was part of that group!

    • #455624
      sissy1995

      This tastes better using Stewed Tomatoes, you can break them up in a blender. I made this 30 years ago for my kids and they loved it. I saw the picture and had to make it today and it is great!

      I made mine with rice, which is how I made it years ago. Wonderful!

    • #455602
      mos

      Excellent recipe! I love using cabbage in all sorts of skillet-type meals;-D

    • #455647
      Ageoldie

      Can’t wait to try this.

    • #455943
      SherriLynn69

      Can anyone tell me how much rice to add to this recipe? Thank you

    • #455962
      sbbarber

      This looks delicious, but how much rice do you add and is it uncooked or cooked? The rice didn’t show up on the recipe…..thank you!!!!!!

    • #456012
      gramgram6

      1 cup uncooked, I use long grain.

    • #456015
      6lolcats

      @SherriLynn69 526740 wrote:

      Can anyone tell me how much rice to add to this recipe? Thank you

      I added a half cup. Seemed to work out fine. I also added 4 pieces of cooked bacon and some Frank’s Red Hot….sooooo good!

    • #456066
      Jennifer Green

      I have done similar to this in just doing a layer cabbage roll. Agreed, much easier and just as tasty!

    • #456072
      Kat1950

      That’s how Mom made this when we were kids – with Tomato soup…

    • #456102
      gramgram6

      I added crushed red pepper flakes and cumin.

    • #456182
      keith15229

      Sounds fantastic. Was recently awarded 4 vouchers for $5 for purchasing farm fresh produce> Definitely going to get cabbage now!

    • #456248
      NLMOYER

      This sounds really good. I can’t wait to try it.

    • #456251
      maryb3th

      Can’t wait to try this one. Looks like it would be good as leftovers too 🙂

    • #456351
      Tammy159

      This looks very good. Can’t wait to mach it.

    • #456355
      grandof2

      This sounds very good. Will try this soon in my crockpot.

    • #456387
      6lolcats

      I made this last weekend and can’t wait to make it again! It was soooooo gooood! I did add 1/2 cup of rice.

      At the end I added a little more water because I love the juice and wanted it a little soupier showered with love

    • #456483
      Theresa0123

      I believe that I am going to like this site. I am new here. I love cabbage so I know that I will like this recipe.

      I actually caught this recipe on facebook from somebody that posted it.

    • #456498
      Ruby43

      Will make this tonight but will make rice on the side and pour this on top of rice.@QueenAngie 513173 wrote:

      Much easier dish than preparing cabbage rolls! Still the same delicious taste too!

    • #456499
      sleeeping

      Delish! But if you use brown rice, cook it first. #LessonLearned

    • #456510
      grandmommy2

      going to make this tomorrow, yummy

    • #456586
      triciaanne

      I can’t wait to try this. I also do not have the time for the rolls, which I have made in the past.

    • #456606
      jaster

      Going to try this. Cabbage is on sale this week here.

    • #456812
      Mema412

      Sounds good, looks good. Need to try.

    • #456928
      zumbalisa

      I used brown rice and it took forever for it to plump up, but it was good. Next time, I will use white rice.

    • #456949
      margie1948

      Like trying new recipes. Looks yummy

    • #456958
      datopat

      Love this recipe and definitely easier than rolling cabbage rolls.

    • #456968
      SusanMMey

      I love this recipe. I made something just like it in a casserole dish but I called it Cabbage Stew. Just threw all the ingredients together.

      It turned out great instead of spending a day rolling them, this is a great idea!

    • #456979
      Bobkat4801

      Like this dish & Much easier to fix.

    • #456985
      Kjmauch

      Thanks! I am always looking for recipes my folks will eat. They will love this.

    • #457017
      StartingOver

      I have printed out the recipe so that tomorrow I can buy what I need to make it. I live alone so it will be a lot for one but I LOVE leftovers!!!!

    • #457065
      vbassler

      Can’t wait to make it!

    • #457083
      onerob

      Adding a half of a small can of tomato paste helps cut down on the soupiness too. eat-1  smilie

    • #457085
      Lavender

      Looks delicious, must try this one!

    • #457343
      joconky

      When do you add the cabbage? Making the receipe now and not sure if I should add the cabbage before adding the rice .

    • #457369
      Givenough

      OH Yay! I forgot about this and I have fresh cabbage from the farmers market. Time to try it!

    • #457407
      amyartus

      the aroma of this is making me quite impatient to trying the whole dish!!!! —i have to admit tho i have snuck a few fork fulls already…and it’s mmmmmmmmmmm!!!

    • #457410
      jaster

      Made them yesterday, yum.
      But the cabbage was still to hard.
      Ate them tonight, tasted even better.
      My daughter said to freeze the raw cabbage..It makes it soft..before I cut it up.

    • #457443
      SueeBee

      thanks for sharing… looks yummy

    • #457450
      bonnieannmary

      Just did a “copy & paste” of Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls recipe. I have read on this site that each recipe has a print friendly button, however, I was unable to find it. Can you help?

      Thanks.

    • #457459
      Moe2014

      i’ve made a similar. more like Polish Golumkis. no tomatoes with rice and covered w/foil and baked in the oven @ 375 for 1 hr.

    • #457476
      buckeyehead51

      I tried this and it was good but i think next time i will use ground beef instead of ground turkey

    • #457608
      MsLadyB

      When cooking with brown rice add a cup more of water than what the directions calls for then you can soak it for an hour before cooking.

    • #457615
      happygrandma

      I want to try this recipe soon!

    • #457618
      fnfodom

      This sounds so good! My mom used to make the actual rolls, which I loved, but am too lazy to do it that way. I can’t wait to try it.

    • #457644
      Angie192

      Good for you and good for the wallet, what could be better?

    • #457653
      triciaanne

      We are out in our RV, and I made this last night, and my husband was very happy. I added some carrots, and it was great! Thank you!

    • #457672
      mimi17

      My mom used to put gingersnaps in the sauce of her cabbage rolls, also apple, can’t remember how much, was not a full box because we got to eat leftovers! Anyone ever hear of this or know amt/guess amt to add to this recipe? Hers were the best!

    • #457937
      VickieB

      Can’t wait to try this. It brings back old memories of stuffed cabbage leaves. But much easier.

    • #458184
      sarjochm

      @zheyikei 511547 wrote:

      Cabbage is a superfood with lots of nutrients! Did you know that it is known for healing stomach ulcers and preventing cancer (particularly colon cancer).
      ]

      Can you freeze this after cooked?

    • #458499
      GmaDawn

      This was awesome!!! Even my picky – I don’t eat veggies – husband liked it. And the tomatoes kept us from getting gassy.

      It is very mild so I did add a splash of worchesteshire sauce and a sprinkle of Old Bay but other than that it was yummy. My 12 yr old granddaughter even liked it!

    • #459105
      msbillm

      Im trying it tonight

    • #459709
      CDLOUS4

      I just signed up, how do I print this recipe?

    • #459718
      Melissa Burnell

      @CDLOUS4 653775 wrote:

      I just signed up, how do I print this recipe?

      Here are directions
      https://www.budget101.com/content.php/4341-how-to-print

    • #459720
      mos

      Liss is Johnny on the spot! LOL! She got to ya before I couldgiggle smiley

      It’s a great, simple recipe. Please let us know how your family enjoys it;-D

    • #459860
      cmuck

      Have made this several times and everytime there is little to no leftovers!

    • #460159
      kungfujoe94

      This looks a lot like the crock pot recipe I have tried. I think I will try this one next time, it cooks up a lot quicker. Thanks for sharing!

    • #461008
      mlmahler

      This recipe is very delicious and so easy compared to traditional stuffed cabbage rolls!

    • #461705
      melbo

      Rice should be added to ingredients and when to add the cabbage. I get it because I am a cook, but for beginners, it is confusing.

    • #461714
      Rozanne54

      How do I save this recipe please? Rozanne

    • #461720
      mos

      Hi Rozanne54…here is the tutorial for saving recipes — https://www.budget101.com/frugal/how-save-favorites-4346/

      Hope this helped…

    • #462013
      rott440

      makin this for supper today 🙂

    • #462153
      MarshaE

      Hi there,

      Thank you for posting this recipe. One question though, the recipe directions mentions rice (I’m assuming cooked rice), how much rice is everyone using for this recipe? Brown or white rice?

      Can’t wait to try this one.

    • #462154
      FreebieQueen

      @MarshaE 903766 wrote:

      Hi there,

      Thank you for posting this recipe. One question though, the recipe directions mentions rice (I’m assuming cooked rice), how much rice is everyone using for this recipe? Brown or white rice? Can’t wait to try this one.


      If you want it less “soupy” you need to add 1 c. of (uncooked) rice and it will absorb the extra water (& extend the servings., making it even more budget friendly!)”

      doesn’t matter what kind

    • #462162
      MarshaE

      We had this for supper tonight and loved it. Comfort food at its best. It was easy to put together and didn’t take long to cook. I could make it even easier by having packages of pre-browned hamburger or ground turkey with onions in the freezer, and making some extra rice a couple of days in advance for a quick weeknight supper.

      Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

    • #462166
      mos

      MarshaE…cooking ahead….I love it! I push it every chance I get! Keep it up;-D

    • #462384
      Izana

      @MarshaE 905022 wrote:

      We had this for supper tonight and loved it. Comfort food at its best. It was easy to put together and didn’t take long to cook. I could make it even easier by having packages of pre-browned hamburger or ground turkey with onions in the freezer, and making some extra rice a couple of days in advance for a quick weeknight supper.

      Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

      My thoughts exactly.. I plan to make ahead also! I made this today and oh my goodness it was delicious!

      I read comments that it could use a bit more seasoning so I added a bit more of this and that and was rewarded with a wonderfully zingy dish!

    • #462389
      Lc315

      Do I drain the grease from the ground turkey before I add the other stuff??

      @zheyikei 511547 wrote:

      Cabbage is a superfood with lots of nutrients! Did you know that it is known for healing stomach ulcers and preventing cancer (particularly colon cancer).

      This is a simply, yet delicious recipe for unstuffed cabbage rolls. There are two versions, soupy and upsoupy. LOL basically, If you want it less “soupy” you need to add 1 c.

      of (uncooked) rice and it will absorb the extra water (& extend the servings., making it even more budget friendly!)


      Ingredients:
      1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
      1 tablespoon oil
      1 large onion, chopped
      1 clove garlic, minced
      1 small cabbage, chopped
      2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
      1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
      1/2 cup water
      1 teaspoon ground black pepper
      1 teaspoon sea salt

      Heat the Olive oil in a Big Skillet (use medium heat) Saute the onions until tender, and then add the ground beef (or turkey) until the meat is browned.

      Add the garlic, cook an additional minute before adding the remaining ingredients. (This is the point you would add the rice Bring them to a boil, Cover, reduce the heat and simmer about 25 minutes (or until the cabbage is quite fork tender)

      Yield: Serves 6 to 8

      just a noteThis recipe adapted from EssentiallyComplete.net
      photo credit: essentiallycomplete as well!

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    • #462396
      mos

      No need to drain if using ground turkey…not enough fat content.

    • #461163
      Mamado65

      @QueenAngie 513173 wrote:

      Much easier dish than preparing cabbage rolls! Still the same delicious taste too!

      Could you tell me if you are suppose to drain hamburger after cooking the recipe doesnt state that you are suppose too.. Thanks

    • #463183
      mos

      Mamado65…you will need to drain if using beef.

    • #464232
      Macky444

      Making this now can’t wait for it to be done.

    • #464244
      mos

      You will enjoy! Lazy gal’s version of stuffed cabbage rolls! LOL!

    • #464653
      krysteldragon

      This is so quick and easy. I added Tumeric and Cinnamon to the hamburger. Makes it healthier and great flavor.

      Used shredded cabbage too. Hubby loved it. Saved to favorites.

    • #464654
      mos

      Adding turmeric to anything is goodgiggle smiley i would recommend storing your turmeric in the fridge as heat impacts its efficacy;-d i even add it to my egg salad. i make it extra creamy…sometimes i’ll spread it on triscuits and sometimes i’ll eat it with a spoon, like i would pudding for breakfast!

      and i always add minced jalapeno…i like things spicy! lol!

    • #465101
      candiland225

      @zheyikei 511547 wrote:

      Cabbage is a superfood with lots of nutrients! Did you know that it is known for healing stomach ulcers and preventing cancer (particularly colon cancer).

      This is a simply, yet delicious recipe for unstuffed cabbage rolls. There are two versions, soupy and upsoupy. LOL basically, If you want it less “soupy” you need to add 1 c.

      of (uncooked) rice and it will absorb the extra water (& extend the servings., making it even more budget friendly!)


      ingredients:

      very yummy recipe and super easy to make. my husband who usually won’t eat a lot of foods with tomato sauce even liked it.

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    • #465102
      mos

      candiland225, I’m so glad that you’re DH liked it! Maybe you can get him to like some of the other recipes here that he may enjoy. Please peruse all the recipes here…there are so many great ones…experiment and have some fun!

      Let us know what you try and how he likes them…we want to know about success stories and failures! If something doesn’t work we want to offer options that may succeed;-D

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