Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe


“This is a quick and easy main dish. My kids don’t even like cabbage, but they love this. I usually try to serve it with green beans, new potatoes, corn, and a pan of corn bread. They eat over half the pan every time. Also, the longer it stands the better it tastes.”
With this recipe, you can have cabbage roll flavors in a fraction of the time! This flavorful “unstuffed cabbage” is a simmered ground beef and cabbage combination made with lean ground beef, tomatoes, and cabbage. If you like cabbage rolls but don’t like the prep work, this dish is for you!

The cinnamon and nutmeg in the recipe add a pleasant, somewhat exotic flavor, but they are not essential. If you aren’t sure if you would like the spices, leave them out or add a smaller amount.

If you’d like to make this a complete one-pot meal, add a cup of long-grain white rice and 1 1/2 cups of water or stock to the skillet along with the cabbage and simmer as directed until the cabbage and rice are tender.

Savoy cabbage is another option for this casserole. While it is milder in flavor than green cabbage, both kinds of cabbage can be used interchangeably in most recipes.



  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 lbs. Lean ground beef
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 tsp. Minced garlic
  • 4-5 C. Chopped cabbage
  • 1 Can tomato sauce 15oz.
  • 2 Cans Diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat a large and deep-sided skillet or pot over medium-high heat on the stove.
  2. Add the olive oil, ground beef, and onions to the skillet, and saute until the beef is completely browned. Drain any excess fat.
  3. Place the minced garlic, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, cabbage, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste in the skillet, and stir to combine.
  4. Reduce the heat to simmer, and simmer covered for 15-20 minutes until the cabbage has softened.
  5. Serve with freshly chopped parsley for garnish if desired.
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