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Soup-Bowl Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Soup-Bowl Cabbage Rolls Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

2-1/4 cups (calculated without cheese) equals 397 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 707 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 30 g protein.

Reviews for Soup-Bowl Cabbage Rolls

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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."

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"Very tasty w/o making cabbage rolls. I used ground turkey, brown rice, and cut recipe in half. I added a splash of lemon juice at the end. Hubby said recipe is a keeper."

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"Really enjoyed this recipe. I added extra 1/2 tsp of salt but left the rest as the recipe is written so I can give my honest opinion. Next time i make it I will add more garlic and onion. Possibly use brown rice."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"This one is a keeper. I use brown rice, which needs to cook longer, and this is good for the cabbage, which really does need to cook longer than the recipe states. Still quick enough for a weeknight, though!"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"This was good, but it was too spicy and my cabbage could have stood some more cooking. I would make it again but I will cut the pepper in half."

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2010

"This is a great alternative to making cabbage rolls. They're a pain to make and this tastes just as good if not better."

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"One of my husband's favorite recipes! I use ground turkey, 2-3 garlic cloves, some chopped onion, basmati rice, and crushed tomatoes with basil, as well as being rather generous with the spices."

Reviewed May. 23, 2009

"This recipe was super delicious. I love stuffed cabbage rolls and this had the same taste of my home made. I will continue making it."

Reviewed Apr. 29, 2009

"This tasted almost just like my cabbage rolls! I used whole grain brown rice, and added extra water to keep it soupy. Delicious."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2009

"I like this recipe. I used Mrs. Dash for seasoning and it was great."

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2009

"This is a good recipe, but I had to add another 1/2 tsp. of salt and pepper because it was a bit bland. But I will definitely make it again. I was expecting a soupy consistency, but all of the water was absorbed, which, to be honest, I liked better."

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2009

"Re:Soup-Bowl Cabbage Rolls I loved this recipe. It tasted just like stuffed cabbage rolls without all of the work. It did need a little more seasoning which I will add the next time"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2009

"We enjoyed this recipe. I added a can of pinto beans and a can of diced tomatoes, an onion, and a few squirts of Franks Hot Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, and Emeril's Kick It Up Sauce, and used ground turkey instead of the beef."

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2009

"I made this tonight for dinner cuz I love cabbage rolls but hate the work to assemble them. It turned out really bland, like it needed some major work with spices. I'll probably look up some 'real' cabbage roll recipes and see what might work."

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2009

"This a keeper. We like cabbage rolls but seldom take the trouble make them; this a great substitute!Good cold weather dish."

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