Inside-Out Stuffed Cabbage Recipe
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Inside-Out Stuffed Cabbage Recipe

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Preparing stuffed cabbage rolls can be time-consuming, but this version with butternut squash has the classic flavors —and it’s table ready in just 30 minutes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 envelope Lipton beefy onion soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) spicy hot V8 juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cups chopped cabbage (about 1 small head)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked instant brown rice

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 382 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 841mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 7g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook and crumble beef with squash and pepper over medium-high heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in soup mix, brown sugar, V8 juice, water and cabbage; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until cabbage is tender, 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in rice; return to a boil. Simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, until rice is tender, about 5 minutes. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Inside-Out Stuffed Cabbage in Simple & Delicious October/November 2010, p11

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redrobindavis 123000
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"It was delicious and very easy to make"

tsg516 175314
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"This was really good and fairly easy to make :)"

HLMoore 192833
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"We love this recipe. Simple and we nearly always have all the ingredients readily on hand."

TiggerOh 107726
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"I didn't add the green peppers...even my kids loved this recipe. My 12 year old has recently asked when I am going to make it again!"

Tmama71 174869
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"This was a great recipe! I have been trying to find things I can make that don't have gluten. I modified the recipe by using beef broth instead of the water and soup mix and I used more uncooked rice."

Snacksize 211971
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2013

"This recipe was delicious. I did keep the rice on the side just so it would keep better."

carrottops 192832
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2013

"Made this with a few tweaks and all my family likes this in the winter. Try sweet italian sausage instead of hamburger for more flavor."

sswezey 180007
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"This was pretty quick and simple to make. I prepared the butternut squash and the green pepper the night before which really made prep time go quickly the night I made it. I really liked the flavor and I felt good that I was feeding my family something with cabbage and squash, things I don't use very often. I do think that it could stand a little more seasoning thought. I added salt and pepper to my bowl and that did the trick. Worth a try!"

amydunlap14 148160
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2012

"This meal was awesome! My husband and I ate the entire pot in two days!!! Making again this weekend!"

sueproctor45 190469
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"I loved it it reminded me of the Chili my Grandmother use to make. If you added Chili powder to it with a little onion. And leave out the brown sugar and the squash. You would have Grandma's Cabbage Chili It was really good."

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