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Soup-Bowl Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Soup-Bowl Cabbage Rolls Recipe

This fabulous alternative to traditional stuffed cabbage rolls is so handy for busy weeknights. It warms you up from head to toe. —Terri Pearce, Houston, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small head cabbage, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  • 1. In a nonstick Dutch oven, cook beef and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in next eight ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until rice is tender, 25-30 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and salt; heat through. If desired, sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2-1/4 cups: 397 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 707mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 9g fiber), 30g protein.

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Djbyrd2 User ID: 8642876 263233
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2017

"Very good. My husband doesn't generally like cooked cabbage and wouldn't eat cabbage rolls but he really liked this dish. Kind of a low carb type of goolosh."

sakidd User ID: 8217249 260829
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"easy enough to make. Doubled the recipe because, well, we like leftovers. Will do again, but will cut back the amount of rice, and maybe a little more meat. A little bland, added a small can of tomato sauce to give it more of a cabbage roll taste.

Overall decent. Will have to tweak it some next time."

Ham_Sammich User ID: 8473184 245868
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"I found this dish to be easy and flavorful - cutting up the cabbage was "hardest" part! I followed the recipe except I used ground turkey with two cloves of garlic, and accidentally added the salt at the same time as the other seasonings. I didn't find this dish to be bland at all (simple, sure - not too salty, not too spicy), and the leftovers tasted better to me than the first meal yesterday! Definitely a keeper!"

Terrispal User ID: 8707605 242248
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"As many have said, the soup is bland. I sauted an onion with the ground beef and used 3 cloves of garlic. I doubled the salt and pepper (black) and used beef broth instead of water. I only use brown rice, so I used that and simmered for 55 minutes instead of 30. I also added a tablespoon of tomato paste to the ground beef. . I don't think it tastes like cabbage rolls, but it was good. A lot easier also."

bplowman User ID: 6015366 223148
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"Made this for dinner and it was delicious. "Souper" (lol) easy . DH loved it . I made one alteration though. Instead of water I used chicken stock to add a bit more flavor."

luvskittys User ID: 848691 217249
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"This recipe is wonderful!!!! Since I love cabbage rolls this is a short version and just as good!

I have shared this recipe with everyone in my family!!!!"

Peppatti User ID: 5469859 210607
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"my husband and I loved it but it needed a bit more flavor. I added garlic and 1/4 cup catsup to give it more tomato flavor."

Twich User ID: 4266391 181518
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"Very tasty w/o making cabbage rolls. I used ground turkey, brown rice, and cut recipe in half. I added a splash of lemon juice at the end. Hubby said recipe is a keeper."

mwebb20533 User ID: 2987542 143554
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"Really enjoyed this recipe. I added extra 1/2 tsp of salt but left the rest as the recipe is written so I can give my honest opinion. Next time i make it I will add more garlic and onion. Possibly use brown rice."

kmdshops User ID: 5848290 143553
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"This one is a keeper. I use brown rice, which needs to cook longer, and this is good for the cabbage, which really does need to cook longer than the recipe states. Still quick enough for a weeknight, though!"

mandkhowell User ID: 3418779 98497
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011 Edited Feb. 9, 2017

"This was good, but it was too spicy and my cabbage could have stood some more cooking. I would make it again but I will cut the pepper in half."

KPritch12 User ID: 4761217 98494
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2010

"This is a great alternative to making cabbage rolls. They're a pain to make and this tastes just as good if not better."

moongrrl User ID: 4053632 164935
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"One of my husband's favorite recipes! I use ground turkey, 2-3 garlic cloves, some chopped onion, basmati rice, and crushed tomatoes with basil, as well as being rather generous with the spices."

gypsymal User ID: 1286377 179496
Reviewed May. 23, 2009 Edited Feb. 9, 2017

"This recipe was super delicious. I love stuffed cabbage rolls and this had the same taste of my home made. I will continue making it."

pinso User ID: 412282 162928
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2009 Edited Feb. 9, 2017

"This tasted almost just like my cabbage rolls! I used whole grain brown rice, and added extra water to keep it soupy. Delicious."

awrichmond User ID: 3008385 104634
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2009 Edited Feb. 9, 2017

"I like this recipe. I used Mrs. Dash for seasoning and it was great."

bbwdreamsicle User ID: 3871878 179034
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2009 Edited Feb. 9, 2017

"This is a good recipe, but I had to add another 1/2 tsp. of salt and pepper because it was a bit bland. But I will definitely make it again. I was expecting a soupy consistency, but all of the water was absorbed, which, to be honest, I liked better."

SJS9 User ID: 4019106 179033
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2009

"Re:soup-Bowl Cabbage Rolls I loved this recipe. It tasted just like stuffed cabbage rolls without all of the work. It did need a little more seasoning which I will add the next time"

goldenbaron1 User ID: 4010879 164933
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2009 Edited Feb. 9, 2017

"We enjoyed this recipe. I added a can of pinto beans and a can of diced tomatoes, an onion, and a few squirts of Franks Hot Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, and Emeril's Kick It Up Sauce, and used ground turkey instead of the beef."

ceh User ID: 3721324 179495
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2009

"I made this tonight for dinner cuz I love cabbage rolls but hate the work to assemble them. It turned out really bland, like it needed some major work with spices. I'll probably look up some 'real' cabbage roll recipes and see what might work."

edseufert User ID: 1713296 181479
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2009

"This a keeper. We like cabbage rolls but seldom take the trouble make them; this a great substitute!Good cold weather dish."

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