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One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Recipe

One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Recipe

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. YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • TOMATO SAUCE:
  • 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
  • MEATBALLS:
  • 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)

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage

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angela32
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!"

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vikingwalt
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

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

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werone1812
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

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

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Saltylady49
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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CHEFOFTHEFUTURE
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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debianntx
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"This is one of the unstuffed cabbage recipes I make and it's awesome. I was afraid of raisins and lemon juice, but it's great as directed. And I see no reason you couldn't do this in a crock pot. I'm sure it would cook fine"

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auamlile
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"I am wondering could you do this recipe all in a crock pot"

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nosmo
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"Just answering hangelpoot2. It says in large pot combine sauce ingredients and the cabbage is one of the sauce ingredients"

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maryloushuman
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"I have a version of this that's even easier...forget the meatballs, just use browned ground beef and rice added individually....talk about simple. If making a large batch I leave the rice out and add it to thawed and simmering soup before serving..."

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hangelpoot2
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"I don't see anything in the recipe that says where or when to add the cabbage. Am I missing something there?"

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DonnaCEE
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"I'll give it 5 stars for its versatility and ease, can be done gluten free, and also...it can be personalized. I've been making unstuffed for years because I don't enjoy rolling them. I don't use raisins. My sauce is just 3 cans of whole tomatoes, blended in the Vitamix. I add chopped fresh parsley, minced onion, 1 can of water, black pepper, and a teaspoon of chicken bouillon granules. I might add a pat of butter too. To the meat, chopped onion and parsley, COOKED rice, dash of cinnamon, shake of garlic salt, and a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar. SO GOOD. We love it."

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bitemetoo
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"Just leave out the raisins. I'd prob sub mushrooms instead."

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235gbt
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"524 mg of sodium in 1 serving (but how much is a serving)?... no thank u! when I made this soup I cut the salt out... COMPLETELY! there is so much added salt there already... why add more? salt in the diced tomatoes, salt in the tomato sauce, salt in the worchestire sauce and then ya add more salt 1/2t?"

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sharonschulte
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"tastes better than my cabbage rolls,. lil garlic2"

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GeeRea
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2015

"Meatballs with authentic cabbage rolls remind me of my mom who added them to feed the non cabbage loving guests. Raisins? Sorry, never. Other sauce add-ins: worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, even a can of tomato soup. And usually they were done in the pressure cooker, sometimes in two batches."

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mkaskela
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"The meatballs were good. The rest, only ehhhh."

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angieact1
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

"This was delicious, without the raisins. I added ketchup instead."

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recliningwoman
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2014

"I made this for my family, following the recipe as written. My husband and daughter weren't crazy about the raisins, but I enjoyed them. Having grown up in an ethnically mixed farming community in Pa, I have to say that recipes from the many different cultures were swapped and changed all the time. There is no such thing as a dish being from one country, as many regions within a country may prepare that dish differently."

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pfromatlanta
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

"This was a nice soup on a cold night. We love meatballs so it was great having them in there. I didn't add raisins but Im sure it was good with them. Bet its good with frozen meatballs too if you don't have time."

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itsmecathie
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"We really enjoyed this. I had to use a large pot, don't have a large enough skillet. Omitted the raisins and lemon juice and added jarred minced garlic to the meat mixture as well as the sauce.Yes, the cook time was off, if you have cooked cabbage before, you know will take a couple of hours of simmering for the cabbage to get tender, so plan accordingly. Also, I do believe this can be frozen, I freeze my cabbage rolls and those turn out fine.I was a little concerned as well, with the omission of eggs for the meatballs, however they formed surprisingly well and stayed intact during careful stirring."

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Pegseamstress
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"This was so good. I used half beef and half lean pork along with my favorite brown rice. This is a keeper"

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shannon12
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"I made this recipe for my Bulgarian husband who LOVES "wet" food...aka soups and stews. We both really liked it! Very easy. Great taste payoff in a hurry! I did definitely did spice it up, using 1/2 spicy pork and lots of red pepper flake. Try it! Good basic recipe and you can take it from there!"

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Fox40
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"great dish I used turkey you don't cook the meat you make the meatballs raw they cook in the pot and then the cabbage will be fully cooked also didn't cook the rice used brown"

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cpdrew
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"All the rave reviews for this recipe shocked me. I made this recipe exactly as listed here and trust me I will never make it again. First of all how do you make meatballs without any binder? I managed to get the mixture to become very loose balls which immediately came apart once put in with the rest of the ingredients. The cabbage wasn't cooked in the time the recipes gave.. I decided the problem was likely that there was not enough liquid to begin with. Rather than toss it I added a can of tomato soup and the required water for that extra 40 minutes . The reason I chose the soup is because many of the polish women we know use that to top their golompki. That helped a lot and also gave it some flavor. BTW I stuck with the recipe and added the raisins and lemon juice. I have to say I kept coming back and looking at the recipe to see if I missed something because the recipe was lacking something imo. Sorry Mrs. Snow but we did not like this version of unstuffed cabbage."

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Abby_21
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"Did not make meatballs. Browned ground beef and onions. Left out raisins but added all other ingredients. I did use a coleslaw mix instead of cabbage, just because cabbage here is very expensive. The lemon juice is so overpowering that I find the end result quite sour. If I ever made it again, I would leave out the lemon juice. I am diabetic and try not to add sugar. My lazy man!s cabbage roll casserole is my go to recipe. Sorry, this just didn't do it for me"

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JIson
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"Any chance bearikins would be willing to kindly share your Slovakian grandmother's recipe?  Hope so!"

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quickneasymmm
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"Shame on the Polish lady for writing such a review.

Its a joy and great to be open minded about new recipes and cuisine. This dish sounds yummy. Will try to make this and save recipe for making in my crock pot. I think it would make just fine to simmer on low for 6-8 hrs in slow cooker. Great different easier recipe for cabbage rolls....very easy to tweak to your personal taste too. Ty TOH."

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ldum
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"it was ok.. maybe kind of wierd with the lemon juice. sort of tangy.. meatballs were ok...not my favorite.."

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Taylorsmommom
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"Needs spicing up. Way too bland!"

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copperpenny09
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"I am amazed that anyone comes on here and 'tweaks' a recipe so much that it becomes another recipe entirely. And it blows me away that someone can give one star because a recipe wasn't 'ethnic' enough. It's a RECIPE! When I look at this recie I make a personal choice as to whether I will try it...I will then give it a rating on how much I like what I see...and if I truly love it I will come back and rate it again with my comments to help you make this choice for yourselves. ' tweaking ' means just that."

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proudofmy4
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"Have not tried this yet, but definitely will. Have yet to find a TOH recipe we didn't like. I find it a shame that someone wouldn't try a recipe because it didn't fit into their nationality. I'm Polish on both sides of my family. My entire family loves to cook and try new things. We still love the traditional, but have so much fun discovering the new. Keep up the good work THO."

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thomsmom
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"great recipe love the idea of ":un-cabbage rolls"

I have 5 authentic recipes for enchiladas, many more for spaghetti sauce, and two or three for each of my Eastern European recipes. Every area adapts to available ingredients so warmer pats of Eastern Europe wpuld grow grapes for wine and then have raisins for sweetening - after all sugar did not become commonly available for mass consumption untl about 100 yrs ago, in Europe."

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CarrieFitz
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"I would definitely leave out the raisins and add a bit of sugar. I think the meatballs would hold together better if an egg or two was added. I am going to try it this weekend. I love cabbage rolls, but they are a lot of work. 5 without trying"

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Mama6Kellys
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"Saw this in "Recipe of Day" e-mail - seemed inexpensive and tasty, so decided to try it with very minor changes: omitted Onions due to son's sensitivity, and took poster advice by subbing 1 tsp Sugar per 1/3 cup Raisins and 1/2 Sausage 1/2 Beef for Beef (unable to get Hot Sausage at grocery store today so used regular sausage adding Red Pepper Flakes)Since I had to omit Onions, unsure if I should've also omitted Lemon Juice - anyone have any insight on that?Whenever possible, try to find ways to incorporate veggies kids would otherwise turn up noses at into diet - this recipe seemed like it might well suit that purpose (and Cabbage, of all Veggies, is a tough sell w/kids!). Will update review after serving to family (still cooking right now) - so far can say noticed need to double uncovered cook time to thicken from 15-30 mins because I doubled recipe (used 1 Large head of cabbage instead of Medium) - also, liked simplicity of Meatballs allowing me to prep them during day while kids in school and store covered in Fridge "Ready-to-Use" for cooking later in day. Also, for Meatballs, mixed dry ingredients 1st, then blended w/Worcestershire, then added Sausage/Meat to ensure even mix of flavor.UPDATE:Recipe went over well w/our family - next time, I would be sure to get actual Hot Sausage, just isn't same adding Red Pepper Flakes (my mistake, nothing to do w/recipe) - still wonder if by omitting Onions I should also omit Lemon Juice, no issue w/it just unsure if one is necessary w/o the other - sugar seemed fine substitute for raisins but I've also never used Raisins in it so I couldn't say which way is better for sureNow, Hope Mrs. Snow or another Reviewer has insight to offer as far as Lemon Juice when needing to omit Onions. Most of my grandmothers' recipes were "misplaced" after their deaths so cousins and I were left w/nothing (I even lived w/one of them growing up) - experimenting w/an existing recipe is a different ballgame from creating one from scratch - I, too, have a Thom (Thomas) - he's actually my Onion/Garlic sensitive child :)"

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castaway-cove
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"The soup was wonderful. Thank you Mrs. Bernard Snow for the recipe."

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donnaspear
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

" But I tried the recipe as listed and it was great. Super easy, even with the meatballs. I'd make it again and recommend it to others."

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shermanhenryfloyd
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014 Edited Mar. 6, 2014

"Up front, I'll say I haven't tried this recipe,but it sounds delicious! However, why should a site to review recipes become a forum to discuss nationalities?!!"

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bearikins
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"Yes, this is much easier than the involved process of making cabbage rolls. However, the browning of butter and onions, which is then mixed with the beef and rice, and then made into the rolls has a much richer taste than this recipe. Also the fact that mine is a treasured recipe from my Slovakian grandmother, surely is an inspiration to my making it in the rolls"

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rena2mcdole
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"I use a version of this without the raisins and it is great. "

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jackofalltrades
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"I agree with ohio46 and do not make mine into meatballs. They will get cut anyway and it makes preparation easier. I did the sugar-raisin substitute because I had no raisins. I don't think it could have been better. But I don't care...it tastes good!!"

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houmedstat
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"Has anybody made this without the raisins? If I leave out the raisins, do I need to also leave out the lemon juice??"

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califdreamin@nemont.net
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"This sounds good and easy. I'm gonna try it soon. My family (who's mostly German) makes cabbage rolls that are layered with sauerkraught that we call Halopsy, that would work with this idea too."

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njgigi
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"I am Italian/American, but seldom cook Italian. The joy of cooking is trying new or unfamiliar food .Think of it as an adventure. I give this 4 stars. I wonder if this can be frozen??"

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Summy
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"I've made a recipe similar to this, and it's so good. I think the reason that the raisins are in it is for a little sweetness to offset the acidity of the tomatoes. Since I'm not crazy about raisins, I would definitely substitute a teaspoon of sugar for them. (I often put sugar in homemade spaghetti sauce, too.)"

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NancyPiotrowski
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"Being Polish, I would never even consider this, and we never use raisins. But maybe it will induce people to try the real thing! My point was that since this is a traditional Polish dish, one that I grew up with, I would not tamper with tradition. "

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claylady01
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"I like cabbage and so I add it to my homemade chicken soup plus all kinds of other ingredients,cabbage rolls I have never made but since there are only two of us I may try to make it."

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Ohio46
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"I go one step easier and I do not make the meatballs. I just combine all in a skillet in the style of a Spanish rice. I used to make traditional cabbage rolls until one day I realized my family was chopping them on their plate before eating them. My kids loved this and they called it Broken Cabbage Rolls."

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klbf00
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"It was very good and easy to make. I did not put raisins in it that just seemed wrong.

I did mix half ground beef and half ground pork sausage for the meat balls.
Will definitly make this again and pass the recipe on to others."

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gingerriss
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"It was worth trying. Good to make once in awhile"

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gingerriss
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"It was worth trying. It was very good. I added hot sauce to make it alittle spicey."

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