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Inside-Out Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Inside-Out Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Here's a hearty, one-dish meal that's lower in fat but very filling. The cabbage, ground beef and brown rice give it a comforting, down-home feel. —Lisa Williams, Comstock Park, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • 2. Stir in the cabbage, tomatoes, broth and pizza sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • 3. Stir in rice; heat through. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 244 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 502mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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allharrymama User ID: 560853 245811
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2016

"Super easy and very good. 5/5 in this household liked it!"

Jaime-fit-life User ID: 8801869 245289
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2016

"Delicious! I substituted meat with firm tofu and beef broth with vegetable stock. Also used 12 oz of pizza sauce. Saut?ed the tofu, onions and green pepper before hand then threw everything in the crockpot on high for 4 hours. Added two cups of cooked rice with 45 minutes to go. Served with siracha sauce and it was a hit with all even the picky vegetarian! Also used tomatoes with habaneros instead of chilies :)"

Tamskitchen User ID: 2851868 222094
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

"Not nearly the quick version of an Hungarian classic as it is a Mexican dish with cabbage. Or neither. Has little appeal for me."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 161004
Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"We loved this! I used a 12 oz jar of pizza sauce, and Minute Rice instead of the brown brown rice didn't turn out. The recipe still turned out great and we will make it again."

euge1 User ID: 3773156 112453
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"loved this recipe ...didn't have canned tomatoes they called for so i added 1 can no salt tomatoes and some crushed red pepper....also added 1 cup of legumes and cooked with rice when i make it again i would make it in crock pot overnight"

MELISSASUNNY User ID: 7229438 176792
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"Love this! We used ground chicken and I added some Sriracha sauce!"

jamielee1206 User ID: 5082486 158461
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"Surprisingly good & I am NOT a fan of cabbage. :-)"

ISSORAL User ID: 6557580 209773
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2012

"On Daniel fast and this made for the perfect dish. Made this as a meatless dish, minus the cheese and added fiesta corn and salt."

jieastcott User ID: 1507778 173150
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"This turned out really really well. I did it in the slow cooker and cooked it on high for 4 hours, adding the cooked rice in the last 45 minutes. I would likely reduce the amount of cabbage I used next time, though I think my "small" head of cabbage wasn't that small because there was a lot of cabbage in this dish. But will definitely make again."

CoffeeBean330 User ID: 6051976 86781
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"I was a little hesitant to try this, but it turned out great. I added an extra cup or rice and I went with white instead of brown. Overall, it was a very good meal."

SDawsonH User ID: 4778352 103896
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"I made this recipe just as written and it was PERFECT. My boyfriend couldn't say enough good things. I looked like a kitchen super-star!"

smagal User ID: 5715837 209772
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"It was healthy and good enough the I don't regret trying it, but I don't know if I would make it again."

Pam Chalus User ID: 3440177 176790
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"This is an outstanding recipe, very filling. For all Weight Watcher fans, it is 6 points. I have spread this recipe all over the Weight Watcher community. I used 93% hamburger and 2 cups of brown rice which might affect the points."

gingerriss User ID: 4959883 209771
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"I was alittle hesitant to make this but I am so glad I did. It was super. It had a great taste and it made a huge pot full"

momandthree User ID: 5133109 171856
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"Everything I thought it would be! A new comfort food on the top of my list - the family loved it. The kids didn't know it was cabbage and I didn't tell them!"

Jessica2783 User ID: 5112860 112451
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"I added some garlic powder and I would definitely add some more rice next time. I used 14 oz diced tomatoes and green chilies because that is what I had on hand, turned out fine."

vikkisis User ID: 4908295 173881
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"My family Loves this recipe. Instead of the hamburger is substituted soy crumbles."

maratha User ID: 3821544 158459
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"very good and will try with sausage next time."

eknepprath User ID: 4858777 158457
Reviewed May. 16, 2010

"My husband says this is even better than my mother's Russian cabbage rolls."

berumen User ID: 2492959 140943
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2010

"Was very good.But i would like to use parmesan on top insted of the chedder."

cookinkylee User ID: 996023 103893
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2008

"My husband was a bit skeptical when he saw me cutting up cabbage, but he was VERY pleasantly surprised! We both really liked this one! I made this with extra lean ground turkey and an extra cup of rice. (I made 2 cups on accident) A very yummy comforting dish. The leftovers are just as good!"

KWhitehead User ID: 956468 112449
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2008

"Very good and easy!"

babygirl71 User ID: 2675346 161000
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2008

"My family loved this! My 5 year old actually said "Oh goodie" when I gave him more - Thanks for the great recipie!"

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