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One Pot Unstuffed Stuffed Cabbage

One Pot Unstuffed Stuffed Cabbage

50 min

Cabbage rolls fall apart anyways, so just forget the boiling and stuffing and rolling and make this One Pot Unstuffed Stuffed Cabbage instead. It tastes exactly like your Nonna’s but in less than half the time. Babushka optional. This recipes calls for ground sirloin, but you could substitute ground pork or veal. Round it out with a simple salad or steamed green beans.

Nutrition Notes

Don’t underestimate the lowly cabbage – a cruciferous vegetable, like broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Cabbage is rich in many nutrients, like vitamin K and C, and contains at least 35 antioxidant compounds, which may be beneficial in the prevention of certain cancers. It’s an economical nutrition powerhouse.

  • 2 lb ground sirloin
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1-2 tsp Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5-oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 quart beef stock
  • 1 cup uncooked white basmati rice
  • 1 small head cabbage (2-2.5 lb), cored and coarsely chopped
  • Sugar, optional (see note)

In a large dutch oven, brown ground sirloin until halfway cooked, crumbling with a wooden spoon. Add onion and garlic and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Add salt, pepper and thyme, followed by tomatoes, tomato sauce, vinegar, stock, and rice.

Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and stir in cabbage. Cover and continue cooking until rice is cooked and cabbage is tender, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally as rice may stick to the bottom. Season to taste with additional salt and black pepper.

Note: Sometimes I’ll add a little sugar in at the end, a teaspoon at a time, to balance out the acidity. Add more to taste if you prefer “sweet and sour” style cabbage rolls.

Serves 6-8. 

Meal Prep Tips

Chop the onion and mince the garlic up to 4 days in advance. Store together in an airtight container in the fridge. The cabbage can also be chopped up to 4 days before you plan to cook. Chopped, raw cabbage emits an odor (think sulphur) so store it in an airtight container or sealed zip-top bag in the veg drawer.

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