Honor tradition--or try something new--with these ideas for slow cooker cabbage, including various soups and stews, corned beef, cabbage rolls, pasta e fagioli, stuffed cabbage, tostadas, kapusta, golabki and more.
Chock-full of veggies and bacon with just a little tanginess from sour cream, bowls of this comforting soup taste just as terrific with a sandwich as they do with crackers! —Melanie Wooden, Reno, Nevada
Free-lance writer Marsha Ransom of South Haven, Michigan can be composing an article while her full-flavored soup is simmering. "I sprinkle servings with Parmesan cheese and serve with garlic bread," she reports.
This is a truly authentic "Old World recipe"—friends of our family who moved here from Poland gave it to my mother years ago. It's been a favorite Sunday dinner with all of us ever since then. I've found that it's always a hit at potluck dinners, too. After my husband and I moved to our dairy farm, I discovered that this hearty, one-dish dinner was a perfect one for our busy schedule...and that any leftovers taste even better the second day!
This favorite slow-cooker recipe came from a friend. At first, my husband was a bit skeptical about a roast that wasn't fixed in the oven, but he loves the old-fashioned goodness of this version. The horseradish in the gravy adds zip.
-Claire McCombs, San Diego, California
"I first tried this fuss-free way to cook traditional corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day a few years ago. Now it's a regular in my menu planning. This is terrific with Dijon mustard and crusty bread."—Karen Waters, Laurel, Maryland
"I came up with this recipe because I love the taste of cabbage rolls, but don't always have the time to prepare them," writes Joann Alexander from Center, Texas. "My version uses the same ingredients in a simpler manner for hearty results everyone enjoys!"
My mother would often have these cabbage rolls simmering in her slow cooker when my family and I arrived at her house for week-end visits. The mouthwatering meatballs tucked inside made these stand out from any other cabbage rolls I've tried.—Betty Buckmaster, Muskogee, Oklahoma
For a complete meal-in-one, you'll savor this slow-cooked ham, broccoli and rice dish that has all the goodness of an oven-baked casserole. "It's perfect for a Sunday afternoon dinner," informs Krista Harrison of Brazil, Indiana.
I've worked full time for more than 30 years, and this super slow-cooker recipe has been a lifesaver. It cooks while I'm away and smells heavenly when I walk in the door in the evening. —Rosemary Jarvis, Sparta, Tennessee
This flavorful meal is a must for St. Patrick's Day, but great anytime of the year. While it usually cooks on the stovetop, a slow cooker makes it even easier. The recipe serves four nicely with enough leftover meat for Reuben sandwiches or other dishes. —Michelle Rhodes, Fort Bliss, Texas
If you're a fan of German food, you'll enjoy this traditional combination of sausage, cabbage and potatoes from Margery Bryan. "This hearty main dish is so good," says the Royal City, Washington reader. "All you need is a bowl of fruit and dinner's ready."
“This is a wonderful recipe to put together in the morning and forget about the rest of the day,” assures Yvonne Andrus of American Fork, Utah. “I have three small boys who are not big fans of vegetables, but they especially enjoy this hearty soup.”