One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Recipe
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One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Recipe

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Here is one of my favorite ways to cook and enjoy cabbage. It has all the good flavor of regular cabbage rolls, but it's a lot less bother to make. In fact, it's a one-pot meal! —Mrs. Bernard Snow, Lewiston, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour 20 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour 20 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium head cabbage, coarsely chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 210 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 524mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 15g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, combine sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the rice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over rice mixture; mix well. Shape into 36 balls, about 1-1/4 in. in diameter. Add to simmering sauce.
  3. Cover and simmer about 45 minutes or until the cabbage is tender. Uncover and cook for 15 minutes longer or until sauce is thickened. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Unstuffed Cabbage in Country Ground Beef 1993, p77

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mniceberg User ID: 1172839 261224
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2017

"Loved the One-Pot idea for this. The taste was yummy.... a cozy comfort food on a cool night! I left out the raisins. My husband loved it the first night and again warmed over."

lbloss User ID: 554616 260471
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2017

"This was a hit with my family. Delicious just the way it is, and simple to assemble. I wouldn't change a thing! Will definitely make again."

LoriAnne User ID: 1235730 260431
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2017

"I made this today and WOW! What an excellent recipe! My father in law is German and he will love this when I bring him some tomorrow. I doubled the recipe and I also added diced potatoes to it and chopped garlic to the meatballs. After adding the cabbage I added some salt and pepper. I also only used about 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. (not a fan of lemon juice lol) My husband totally loved this dish. He said it reminded him of his grandmother's cabbage soup. I posted and shared this recipe on Facebook, I highly recommend it! Very good recipe. My husband said as he was eating it, "you can make this again!" Thank you for sharing it Mrs. Bernard Snow! =)"

Margaret1234567890 User ID: 8119279 260350
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2017

"Loved this, great family dinner. I will use this often."

Claudia User ID: 6468637 259733
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2017

"Yummy, great comfort food on a cold night, easy to make and low fat. This was my first try, and I didn't change a thing. I will definitely make this again, but would reduce the amount of lemon juice and probably omit he raisins and add some sugar instead like others have suggested. I imagine it would be good with pork or sausage."

jbander2 User ID: 2925337 259155
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

"Delicious! I made this for dinner tonight and my husband loved it, as did I. I followed the recipe exactly except I used ground turkey instead of ground beef. Will definitely make again!"

angela32 User ID: 3084463 245126
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"One of the great things about TOH recipes is that you can modify them to your taste and what you have on hand. I omitted the lemon juice and raisins. I also used a leftover jar of marinara sauce for the large can of diced tomatoes. I did add a small can of fire roasted tomatoes to have that diced texture though. It turned out amazing still!"

vikingwalt User ID: 7320674 244220
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"GREAT DISH! Easy to prep, delicious and the leftovers are fantastic! I'll certainly be making this again!"

werone1812 User ID: 7291341 242853
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

"simple to make,fabulous to eat..."

Saltylady49 User ID: 8027745 242038
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2016

"I made this tonight. Changed it up a little, added some beef broth in place of some of the water and used crushed tomatoes instead of diced but it was incredible. Will definitely make this again."

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