Beef & Rice Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe
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Beef & Rice Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe

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My family is quick to come to the table when I serve my cabbage rolls. They are quick to put together and really satisfy without being too heavy. —Lynn Bowen, Geraldine, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 12 cabbage leaves
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Nutritional Facts

2 cabbage rolls: 204 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 446mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch.


  1. In batches, cook cabbage in boiling water 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain; cool slightly. Trim the thick vein from the bottom of each cabbage leaf, making a V-shaped cut.
  2. In a large bowl, combine rice, onion, egg, milk, salt and pepper. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Place about 1/4 cup beef mixture on each cabbage leaf. Pull together cut edges of leaf to overlap; fold over filling. Fold in sides and roll up.
  3. Place six rolls in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, seam side down. In a bowl, mix sauce ingredients; pour half of the sauce over cabbage rolls. Top with remaining rolls and sauce. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until a thermometer inserted in beef reads 160° and cabbage is tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Beef-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls in Taste of Home December 2013

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charlenepaugustyn User ID: 3862805 217916
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2015 Edited Jan. 23, 2015

"My husband is a diabetic & I use Brown Sugar Blend (a mix of zero calorie sucralose & brown sugar, 1/2 the calories - great for cooking & baking. 1/2 a cup= 1 cup brown sugar). Mine came from Meijer's , 1 lb. bag for $4.09. My husband loves to sprinkle this on his cooked oatmeal. Hope this helps , 1-5-15's question."

MY REVIEW User ID: 7542912 217044
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"to answer question submitted on 01-05-15 I don't know if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and this is not intended to

instruct you,contact your Dr. if you have need of advice on your diet. I will say however that the nutrition info. indicates just 19 grams of carb. per serving and my info. is that meals with less than 25 gms. of carb. are considered good."

ilovegod User ID: 4625232 217038
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"I am so excited to try this, it sounds like it is amazing, but I have a question I am a diabetic how can I switch the brown sugar with something, or can u recommend what I can do instead of putting brown sugar in it, or do u think it would not affect me to much. I am going grocery shopping tomorrow, so I will check back before i go shopping, please can someone answer or maybe i can go online now and ask t u"

txsara User ID: 7550234 197039
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"I have a batch of these in my crockpot right now...second time. I made them last week and my husband and I devoured them all real quick! These are so good...the only change I made this time was to triple the sauce amount. They are healthy and easy to make..we love it with mashed potatoes on the side and a lightly toasted sub roll. Delicious!!"

mehalv User ID: 4612167 213001
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"These were yummy! I might add more tomato sauce next time."

cocotel User ID: 2713029 183604
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"These were excellent - my husband was a bit skeptical when they were cooking in the slow cooker but after one bite (no exaggeration!) he said, "You can make these again anytime." The only reason I did not give this 5 out of 5 was because of the instructions. I think Taste of Home should have provided a link (or a "side bar" in the magazine, where I found this recipe) on how to remove the leaves from the cabbage. This was very tricky for someone like me who has never made them before. Luckily, I have read other cabbage roll recipes and had to rely on them to give instructions on the easiest method to remove the leaves. I ended up steaming the cabbage after removing the core for about 10 minutes then gently removed the leaves, cooking them further as per the submitter's instructions. A great number of the leaves ended up ripping so I just pieced them together when rolling them up with the filling. A bit messy but worth it in the end, given my husband's comments!"

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