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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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!"

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

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

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

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

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."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016 Edited Feb. 2, 2016

"Tried this recipe, it was ok. Didn't really like the rice balls outside the cabbage. I think putting inside the cabbage and just making a good old cabbage rolls it would be better. I shouldn't have added the salt, was slightly salty. I do not think I would make again."

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