Soup-Bowl Cabbage Rolls Recipe
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Soup-Bowl Cabbage Rolls Recipe

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This fabulous alternative to traditional stuffed cabbage rolls is simple to assemble, so it’s handy for busy weeknights. It’s very filling and has plenty of fiber from the cabbage.—Terri Pearce, of Houston, Texas.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small head cabbage, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

2-1/4 cup: 397 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 707mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 9g fiber), 30g protein


  1. In a nonstick Dutch oven, cook beef and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the cabbage, water, rice, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, basil, cayenne and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until rice is tender.
  2. Stir in tomatoes and salt; heat through. Sprinkle with cheese if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Soup-Bowl Cabbage Rolls in Healthy Cooking April/May 2009, p61

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Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"I found this dish to be easy and flavorful - cutting up the cabbage was "hardest" part! I followed the recipe except I used ground turkey with two cloves of garlic, and accidentally added the salt at the same time as the other seasonings. I didn't find this dish to be bland at all (simple, sure - not too salty, not too spicy), and the leftovers tasted better to me than the first meal yesterday! Definitely a keeper!"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"As many have said, the soup is bland. I sauted an onion with the ground beef and used 3 cloves of garlic. I doubled the salt and pepper (black) and used beef broth instead of water. I only use brown rice, so I used that and simmered for 55 minutes instead of 30. I also added a tablespoon of tomato paste to the ground beef. . I don't think it tastes like cabbage rolls, but it was good. A lot easier also."

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"Made this for dinner and it was delicious. "Souper" (lol) easy . DH loved it . I made one alteration though. Instead of water I used chicken stock to add a bit more flavor."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"This recipe is wonderful!!!! Since I love cabbage rolls this is a short version and just as good!

I have shared this recipe with everyone in my family!!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"my husband and I loved it but it needed a bit more flavor. I added garlic and 1/4 cup catsup to give it more tomato flavor."

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