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One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Recipe

One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Recipe

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: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour 20 min. YIELD:6-8 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)


  • 1. In a large skillet, combine sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the rice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over rice mixture; mix well. Shape into 36 balls, about 1-1/4 in. in diameter. Add to simmering sauce.
  • 3. Cover and simmer about 45 minutes or until the cabbage is tender. Uncover and cook for 15 minutes longer or until sauce is thickened. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 210 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 524mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 15g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 10, 2017

"Was so goodd"

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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! =)"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2017

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

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

"Delicious! I made this for dinner tonight and my husband loved it, as did I. I followed the recipe exactly except I used ground turkey instead of ground beef. Will definitely make again!"

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"One of the great things about TOH recipes is that you can modify them to your taste and what you have on hand. I omitted the lemon juice and raisins. I also used a leftover jar of marinara sauce for the large can of diced tomatoes. I did add a small can of fire roasted tomatoes to have that diced texture though. It turned out amazing still!"

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"GREAT DISH! easy to prep, delicious and the leftovers are fantastic! I'll certainly be making this again!"

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