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Cabbage Roll Stew

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (3 quarts)


  • 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
  • Hot cooked rice and chopped fresh parsley, optional


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

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    • jbpar
      Sep 3, 2020

      I just bought Taste of home (Best Ever) Ground Beef magazine, and this recipe was in it. So after making it today I just had to get on this site to write a review. It was fantastic! Followed recipe except I used beef bullion & water because I was out of beef broth. And I like spice so after tasting I decided to add more Cajun seasoning. (A spice I’ve fallen in love with the last couple of years! At first I thought well it will be just as easy to make on the stove top, but glad I did it in the crock pot because even the ground beef seemed to melt in your mouth. We had it over rice but I think tomorrow we’ll have it on some noodles....hmmm ! It’s a keeper!

    • Krstos3
      Oct 30, 2018

      I had left over cabbage and wasn't sure what to do with it until I found this recipe. This will be my go to recipe for leftover cabbage! This soup is so delicious!

    • leeart
      Jan 3, 2018

      This is a good recipe. Cabbage is a favorite veggie is this house, so it hit the spot. Will make it again and try some red pepper and black pepper since I didn’t have Cajun seasoning this time, but added oregano and thyme. We don’t like real spicy food.

    • danielleylee
      Dec 1, 2017

      We made this at work for our cafeteria as part of a smart pick option for the staff. We omitted the salt to reduce the sodium to fit the criteria. Our customers and staff loved it. Very hearty.

    • bicktasw
      Nov 5, 2017

      If you like stuffed cabbage but don't like the tedious work involved .... this is the recipe for you! VERY easy to make and when served with rice... tastes just like my mother's stuffed cabbage rolls. I changed a few things to fit what I had on hand: I used 1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes (instead of 2 14.5 ounce cans), 1 14 ounce can of tomato sauce (instead of 1 8 ounce can), I used 1/2 teaspoon of smoked black pepper (instead of Cajun seasoning), 2 pound ground beef (instead of beef and sausage) and used 2 tablespoons of dried sliced onion (instead of 1 medium onion, chopped). This recipe will surely go into my frequently used recipe rotation, 5 stars for sure!

    • annrms
      Nov 4, 2017

      Delicious recipe! I added some caraway seed because we like that with cabbage. We had it with noodles.