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One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage

Here is one of my favorite ways to cook and enjoy cabbage. It has all the good flavor of regular cabbage rolls, but it's a lot less bother to make. In fact, it's a one-pot meal! —Mrs. Bernard Snow, Lewiston, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium head cabbage, coarsely chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)


  • In a large skillet, combine sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the rice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over rice mixture; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 36 balls, about 1-1/4 in. in diameter. Add to simmering sauce.
  • Cover and simmer about 45 minutes or until the cabbage is tender. Uncover and cook for 15 minutes longer or until sauce is thickened.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 291 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 659mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 7g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat.

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  • Jen
    Dec 20, 2020

    For those freaking out about the raisins - note that those are a traditional German ingredient. Omit if you don't like them. I'm German and I personally don't care for them either! But I love this soup; I've been making a variation of it for years. Instead of rice, I make dumplings. It's delish.

    Aug 22, 2019

    I have made a soup like this for years with one minor change so that I can make large batches and freeze it. Instead of meatballs I use loose browned beef and omit the rice. Then when I use from the freezer I add the rice for a totally deconstructed cabbage roll soup. NO

  • muffbear74
    Feb 13, 2019

    I didn’t come anywhere near 36 meatballs, but this was still yummy. I thought the raisins were a weird addition, but they added a nice different flavor.

  • Betty
    Dec 10, 2017

    Was so goodd

  • Bud
    Jun 23, 2017

    I'm Poland Polish and golombki never has raisins or lemon juice in it - thought I'd try this without it to take a short-cut. Won't make it again and will stick to the old school golombki.

  • mniceberg
    Feb 13, 2017

    Loved the One-Pot idea for this. The taste was yummy.... a cozy comfort food on a cool night! I left out the raisins. My husband loved it the first night and again warmed over.

  • lbloss
    Jan 29, 2017

    This was a hit with my family. Delicious just the way it is, and simple to assemble. I wouldn't change a thing! Will definitely make again.

  • LoriAnne
    Jan 28, 2017

    I made this today and WOW! What an excellent recipe! My father in law is German and he will love this when I bring him some tomorrow. I doubled the recipe and I also added diced potatoes to it and chopped garlic to the meatballs. After adding the cabbage I added some salt and pepper. I also only used about 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. (not a fan of lemon juice lol) My husband totally loved this dish. He said it reminded him of his grandmother's cabbage soup. I posted and shared this recipe on Facebook, I highly recommend it! Very good recipe. My husband said as he was eating it, "you can make this again!" Thank you for sharing it Mrs. Bernard Snow! =)

  • Margaret1234567890
    Jan 26, 2017

    Loved this, great family dinner. I will use this often.

  • Claudia
    Jan 15, 2017

    Yummy, great comfort food on a cold night, easy to make and low fat. This was my first try, and I didn't change a thing. I will definitely make this again, but would reduce the amount of lemon juice and probably omit he raisins and add some sugar instead like others have suggested. I imagine it would be good with pork or sausage.