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Healthy Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe
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4.47 from 26 votes

Healthy Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Recipe

Make a delicious meal with just a few ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Meal
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Jennifer


  • 2 pounds ground beef ground turkey, or sausage - or a mix between them all.
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 1 small head cabbage chopped
  • 2 14.5 ounces cans diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounces can tomato paste
  • 6 oz water or part vegetable or broth for more flavor
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional for extra spice:
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • A few leaves of chopped fresh basil


  • Heat a Dutch oven or extra large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil and cook the onions until translucent. Cook beef or turkey meat and onion in the hot Dutch oven until browned.
  • Drain and discard grease.
  • Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato paste, water, garlic, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, cumin, and fresh basil. I found by using the fire roasted tomatoes it made a huge difference in taste.
  • Bring the ingredients to a boil.
  • Cover Dutch oven, reduce heat and simmer until cabbage is tender. This will take about 30 minutes.
  • (Note: It may seem like you don't have enough water at first but when the cabbage cooks down it will be perfect)



Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.2g | Protein: 25.5g | Fat: 4.6g | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 1.8g