Cabbage Roll Stew

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5 hours


8 servings (3 quarts)

Updated: Sep. 09, 2023
A head of cabbage seems like it never ends. Here's a delicious way to use it up. My husband is this stew's biggest fan. —Pamela Kennemer, Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Cabbage Roll Stew Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium head cabbage (about 2 pounds), cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Optional: Hot cooked rice and chopped fresh parsley


  1. Mix first 9 ingredients; set aside. Place cabbage in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage with onion and garlic over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 7-9 minutes; crumble meat; drain. Spoon over cabbage; top with tomato mixture.
  3. Cook, covered, on low until cabbage is tender and flavors are blended, 5-6 hours. If desired, serve with cooked rice and sprinkle with parsley.

Can you freeze Cabbage Roll Stew?

Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Using a combination of ground beef and Italian sausage gives this recipe a flavor boost. (And it's a great idea for perking up most ground beef meals.)
  • The Cajun seasoning adds subtle flavor, but there's not enough to make this a real Cajun dish.
  • Health Tip: Cabbage is a low-calorie food that really bulks up this stew. A generous 1-1/2 cups is less than 200 calories.

    Nutrition Facts

    1-1/2 cups cabbage mixture: 195 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 564mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 14g protein.