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Inside-Out Stuffed Cabbage Recipe

Inside-Out Stuffed Cabbage Recipe

Preparing stuffed cabbage rolls can be time-consuming, but this version with butternut squash has the classic flavors —and it’s table ready in just 30 minutes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 envelope Lipton beefy onion soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) spicy hot V8 juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cups chopped cabbage (about 1 small head)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked instant brown rice


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook and crumble beef with squash and pepper over medium-high heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in soup mix, brown sugar, V8 juice, water and cabbage; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until cabbage is tender, 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Stir in rice; return to a boil. Simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, until rice is tender, about 5 minutes. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 382 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 841mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 7g fiber), 25g protein.

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redrobindavis User ID: 7931012 123000
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"It was delicious and very easy to make"

tsg516 User ID: 6589703 175314
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"This was really good and fairly easy to make :)"

HLMoore User ID: 5737657 192833
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"We love this recipe. Simple and we nearly always have all the ingredients readily on hand."

TiggerOh User ID: 397197 107726
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"I didn't add the green peppers...even my kids loved this recipe. My 12 year old has recently asked when I am going to make it again!"

Tmama71 User ID: 5989803 174869
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"This was a great recipe! I have been trying to find things I can make that don't have gluten. I modified the recipe by using beef broth instead of the water and soup mix and I used more uncooked rice."

Snacksize User ID: 5490062 211971
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2013

"This recipe was delicious. I did keep the rice on the side just so it would keep better."

carrottops User ID: 6136003 192832
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2013

"Made this with a few tweaks and all my family likes this in the winter. Try sweet italian sausage instead of hamburger for more flavor."

sswezey User ID: 6959221 180007
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"This was pretty quick and simple to make. I prepared the butternut squash and the green pepper the night before which really made prep time go quickly the night I made it. I really liked the flavor and I felt good that I was feeding my family something with cabbage and squash, things I don't use very often. I do think that it could stand a little more seasoning thought. I added salt and pepper to my bowl and that did the trick. Worth a try!"

amydunlap14 User ID: 6822038 148160
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2012

"This meal was awesome! My husband and I ate the entire pot in two days!!! Making again this weekend!"

sueproctor45 User ID: 5941069 190469
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"I loved it it reminded me of the chili my Grandmother use to make. If you added chili powder to it with a little onion. And leave out the brown sugar and the squash. You would have Grandma's Cabbage chili It was really good."

chris and jenn User ID: 4471881 189152
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"This was just ok and I am usually a big fan of cabbage. It is missing tomatoes or something."

jicook13 User ID: 5843439 174868
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"I do not like squash so I made mine without it and served it with butter bread and the family loved it, it taste like a stuffed pepper"

mandynp5 User ID: 5981920 189124
Reviewed May. 11, 2011

"I make this all the time :) If I cannot find butternut squash I use yellow squash and zucchini mixed....still just as delicious.....I also use ground turkey instead of beef and you can't tell the difference!"

bjavaqueen User ID: 5749269 180003
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"This has to be the best cabbage dish I have ever eaten..So easy to prepare and my husband loved it!

It also freezes well."

chocolie1 User ID: 5673558 130707
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"We loved this. It is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. My husband had seconds at dinner and more later that night. He also took some for lunch the next day. Will make again"

brendawideman User ID: 2403604 130706
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"so delicious and easy. goes great with cornbread"

kmtrisch User ID: 3003191 179994
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"My family didn't care too much for this. I don't agree with it tasting like stuffed cabbage. It had a sweetness to it that didn't belong. All 4 of my kids aged 4 through 18 asked me not to make it again. I won't."

3152004703 User ID: 4957120 191561
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"This was a great dinner! My husband hates squash so I probably won't put it in next time. Other than that there were no complaints."

lrfirecraker24 User ID: 5512217 107722
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010


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