Saucy Beef and Cabbage Dinner

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.


8 servings

Updated: May. 05, 2023
Using cabbage is a fantastic way to bulk up a meal without adding extra fat and calories. The cabbage in this dish is tender but still has a nice crunch. —Marcia Doyle, Pompano, Florida
Saucy Beef and Cabbage Dinner Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • Optional: Fresh thyme and fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 medium head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 can (46 ounces) reduced-sodium tomato juice
  • 1 cup instant brown rice
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, onion and mushrooms over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles; drain. If desired, sprinkle with thyme and parsley.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until cabbage and rice are tender, 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/3 cups: 253 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 5g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch.