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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe video

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls should be placed into the comfort food category in my opinion. Wonderfully healthy cabbage that has been stuffed with ingredients we all love, then slowly braised in the oven until tender. In this recipe, there is an option for adding quinoa to the cabbage filling for a nice pop of new texture and added protein.

Begin with the cabbage. Cut off the root base, but do not cut too low as you want the stem for presentation and additional fiber.

cutting the root base off the cabbage

You’ll need 12 cabbage leaves to full a 9 by 13 casserole dish. I suggest cooking 1 or 2 more in case one breaks or rips.

Fill a large pot with water, about 2/3 of the way and season with enough salt that the water would taste salty. Bring to a soft boil and add in the cabbage leaves.

add cabbage leaves to soft boiling water seasoned with salt

Have a bowl ready with ice and water to shock the cabbage once they have cooked. You will want the cabbage soft enough to roll.

once cooked shock the cabbage in ice water to stop the cooking process

iPreparing the stuffed cabbage rolls filling

Using a food processor, add in all listed ingredient below and combine

  • 1/2 pound ground beef, add more if your food processor is big enough
  • 1 cup ground sausage
  • 1 green onion
  • 6 mushrooms with stems
  • 2 tsp garlic salt

combine ingredients in food processor

combine ingredients for stuffed cabbage rolls

Once combine, chop up one medium tomato, half of one large onion, one green onion, 1/2 cup of white rice (optional: instead add 1/4 white rice + 1/4 cup of quinoa)

We are reinforcing the ingredient flavors by adding in freshness like the green onion and tomatoes. This overall helps balance the recipe and it creates a more tasty bite.

chop half of one large onion and add to the stuffing base filling

add chopped tomato to the filling base


Stuffed Cabbage Roll Tomato Sauce Recipe

You can use either straight tomato juice or V8. I do enjoy the extra flavor V8 offers. But using only tomato juice allows you to better control your flavor profile. Combine all ingredients listed below.

  • 24oz can of tomato juice or V8
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp red pepper flake
  • 2 tsp fennel seed (crushed) helps release the natural oils and flavors
  • 1  1/2 tbsp of good quality chili powder ( I like using San Antiono chili powder)
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg

Finishing, pour the tomato sauce over the stuffed cabbage rolls making sure to cover each cabbage roll to help flavor them and protect them while cooking. 

Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil. Bake @ 325 for around one hour or until the tenderness you enjoy. 






Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Chef inspired cabbage recipe with freshness and balance
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: polish
Keyword: Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12


  • Food Processor


Cabbage Rolls Filling

  • 2/3 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Ground Sausage
  • 1 stalk Green Onion - add to processor
  • 6 caps Mushrooms with stem
  • 1 medium Tomato
  • 1/2 large Onion
  • 1 stalk Green Onion - add once combine

Tomato Sauce

  • 24oz can Tomato Juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Chile Powder
  • 2 tsp Fennel Seed
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flake


  • Begin by combining the beef, the sausage, 1 green onion stalk, garlic salt, and all mushrooms in the food processor and pulse until smooth.
  • Move base mix in food processor into a mixing bowl
    Then chop 1/2 of one onion (small dice), chop one medium tomato, 1 stalk green onion ( chopped) and add to the mixing bowl and combine ingredients

Preparing the Cabbage

  • Cut the base off the head of cabbage
  • Remove at least 12 leaves. I would cook 1 or 2 more in case they rip
  • Cook until tender in soft boiling salted water for about 12 minutes or until tender. (salty like the your cooking pasta)
  • Once cooked place into ice water bath to stop the cooking

Making the Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

  • Layout one cabbage leave and fill with the stuffing mix starting on the end without the stem. Try to not overfill. Using your fingers shape the filling.
  • Roll up the cabbage back toward the thick stem end. This will provide a nice presentation.
  • Once rolled up, lightly press down on the roll to help it keep its shape
  • Arrange the stuffed cabbage rolls in a 9 by 13 casserole dish. Try to keep the stem in the same direction for presentation.
  • Pour the tomato sauce over all the cabbage rolls. Make sure to cover all of them. Add enough sauce to cover the cabbage rolls by half or more.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake @ 325 for around one hour or until tender.

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