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Slow-Cooked Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Slow-Cooked Cabbage Rolls Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 large head cabbage
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 15 crackers)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 ounce onion soup mix
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (46 ounces) V8 juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  • 1. Cook cabbage in boiling water just until leaves fall off head. Set aside 12 large leaves for rolls; drain well. (Refrigerate remaining cabbage for another use.) Cut out the thick vein from the bottom of each reserved leaf, making a V-shaped cut; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the tomato sauce, rice, green pepper, cracker crumbs, egg and soup mix. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  • 3. Place about 1/3 cup meat mixture on each cabbage leaf; overlap cut ends of leaf. Fold in sides, beginning from the cut end. Roll up completely to enclose filling. Secure with toothpicks if desired.
  • 4. Place cabbage rolls in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Pour V8 juice over rolls. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until filling reaches 160°. Just before serving, sprinkle with salt and cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

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Reviewed May. 7, 2014

"This is not difficult. I like to STEAM the cabbage the day before. Cut out as much 'core' as deep as possible and place in 5 qt dutch over with steamer that unfolds or in pasta cooker with steamer basket. During 'commercials lol...remove two or three leaves to any receptacle. Refrigerate when you have at least 12 leaves. Store leftover cabbage in same container. I don't SPIT my leaves cutting the thick vein. I take my paring knife and THIN IT down to the leaf thickness. Also, this recipe was waaaay too tomatoey with the T juice. I use my basic meat loaf recipe with the rice and a can of RoTel tomatoes added to the mix. Sometimes i put a 'stewed tomato' in the middle of the meat mix that I roll in the leaf if I have an extra can. My rolls are BIG lol. I place as many as I can fit in a 13 by 9 bake pan. I use a can of stewed tomatoes, juice and all along with enough beef stock/broth ALMOST to the top of the rolls in the pan. I throw any meat mixture left over the top along with a large sliced onion, a small handful of instant rice and cover with any leftover leaves OR any of the leftover head of cabbage chopped. Into the oven at 400 degrees for 1 and 1/2 hours. All the cabbage rolls get eaten and what's left in the pan is the cooks treat. Beef broth, ground beef, rice, onion , and cabbage ....simple soup to take to lunch the next day. The cabbage rolls are moist (juicy) and beefy flavored. Never have liked tomato sauce based cabbage rolls."

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"For never having made cabbage rolls before this was a fairly simple recipe and the results were excellant! My husband was in seventh heaven and when he took leftovers to work received several requests for the recipe. Definitely a keeper"

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"I don't understand how to roll them - I'm rating it but haven't tried it yet - they are making me in order to submit ?? ;)"

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"I enjoyed this recipe very much. I did not have V8, so I used an assortment of tomato sauces. I also added seasons and spices per the advice of other reviews. I used 2 lbs of ground beef, which I think took away from the flavor. All in all a good, hearty meal. Thanks"

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"hey y'all... I found this through my slow cooker cookbook I downloaded for my Kindle. We didn't have the bell pepper so we substituted a jalapeno pepper cored, seeded, & chopped up. It was a very good dish, but I think next time I make it I will add a little more something to kick up the flavor a little bit. This one is

definitely going in my "keeper" pile!! Even the 8 yr old scarfed it down once she tasted it... Made a big pot of beans to go with it and it was a full meal after a day of working around the house!! Thanks again!"

Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"First time ever making cabbage rolls. EASY... DELICIOUS. Brought some to work for lunch and the whole clinic wants me to make them for our next pot luck. Thanks so much!"

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2012

"Too much work for a mediocre dish."

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"I really don't know how to cook, but the first time I try to make it, The cabbage rolls was so good, that I make it alot.

Thank you taste of home for a great recipe"

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011


Can you please tell me about the freezer method? Do the leaves just come off after being frozen, are they easy to work with?"

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"Made these for my husbands birthday dinner! What can I say he loved them! I did use spicy V8 to kick up the heat on this classic dish."

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"This was very good! although i think i may add more spice to the mixture even though there was a nice mix of ingredients felt like it needed more oomph - i all ready added a few splashes of worcestshire sauce to it but i might add some chili powder or something in there too. had a hard time w/the leaves - only was able to get maybe a good 7 of them - i need to buy a bigger head next time... otherwise all very good - made it w/mashed potatoes and putting the gravy and the rolls on top of that - YUM!!!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"This is so easy to make and so delicious! I substituted instant brown rice for the white rice and bread crumbs for the saltines."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

"We prefer our cabbage rolls bite-sized, so use 1/2 a cabbage leaf. This also makes rolling easier."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

"To make the cabbage much easier to work with, put it in the freezer (no washing), for at least 2 weeks before making the rolls! This is So much easier than boiling, & saves the nutrients from being thrown down the drain with the water!"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2009

"This was really good, a little difficult to make (the cabbage is hard to work with) but worth it! We didn't have the V-8 so I just used tomato juice. Still came out yummie!"

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2008

"The recipe calls for 46 ounces of V8 juice.  Is this a misprint?"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2008

"Instead of V8 try crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, garlic powder $ onion powder[or fresh] S&P to taste, Also if you stir some of this mixture into the meat before you wrap them you will be fhocked at the taste."

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