Cabbage Roll Bake Recipe

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"I love the foods of my grandparents' native Poland but not the high calories and long preparation time," shares Jill Bednarek of Madison Heights, Michigan. "So I adapted this easy recipe that tastes remarkably like the cabbage rolls my mother learned to make from her mother."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1-1/2 pounds chopped cabbage
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 233 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 558mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook turkey over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the cabbage, tomato sauce, tomatoes, rice, onion, garlic, thyme and pepper; mix well.
  2. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour broth over the mixture. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour; stir. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes longer or until rice is tender. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Cabbage Roll Bake in Light & Tasty October/November 2003, p63

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newrecipejunkie User ID: 876567 102735
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"My extremely picky meat-and-potatoes husband and I love this! I have made it twice and made a few changes the second time to make it perfect for us. I used 90% lean ground beef,I precooked the cabbage in a steamer basket, I did not drain the diced tomatoes and I added an 8oz. can of plain tomato sauce for a little more "tomato-saucy" flavor. Leftovers taste even better the next day. FYI: I weighed the cabbage on my little scale both before and after steaming, then measured it. It was 4 cups of cooked cabbage. I will make this again many times."

keverwann User ID: 1807985 205777
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"Used Tomato Soup instead of Sauce; left out the thyme. It needed some more garlic and pepper and the addition of crushed red pepper flakes to suit our taste."

ShellbugXOH User ID: 4372451 56963
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"Anybody tried to covert to a slow cooker recipe with success?"

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