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Learn how to make Easy Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe in no time. Those cabbage leaves filled with ground beef mixture and poured over with tomato sauce will be your next go-to dinner, which the whole family loves. 

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Cabbage rolls

Using our great mixture for mini burgers instead of beef and rice allows you to reduce the carb content dramatically and add extra veggies into your family life. 

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What Are Traditional Stuffed Cabbage Rolls?

Classic stuffed cabbage rolls are a traditional dish that fills tender cabbage leaves with a flavorful mixture of ground beef, rice, and onions. These rolls are then baked in a tomato-based sauce, creating a comforting and delicious meal many enjoy.

How Many Carbs Are in Keto Cabbage Rolls?

Keto cabbage rolls are a low-carb version of the classic dish. You will get a super easy recipe with minimal carbs by omitting rice and using alternative ingredients, such as ground pork or beef mixed with veggies and other ingredients. One roll comes to 4 grams of carbs and one gram of fiber, totaling 3 grams of net carbs. 

How Do I Roll Cabbage Leaf?

To roll cabbage leaves, start by softening the leaves in boiling water. Once softened, place a spoonful of the ground beef mixture on each leaf and carefully roll it up, tucking the sides as you go. You can secure the rolls with strings of spring onion or toothpicks.

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Stuffed cabbage rolls recipe

How To Make Cabbage Rolls Stuffed With Ground Beef?

I hope you enjoy the recipe. It is the best low-carb replacement for traditional recipes. 

Kitchen Gadgets Needed:

  • A large pot of water for boiling the cabbage
  • The baking dish for baking the cabbage rolls

Ingredients Needed:

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO STUFFED CABBAGE ROLLS RECIPE 

First Step: Prepare Ingredients

Prepare all ingredients. Clean cabbage and onion. Cut out the center thick part of the cabbage head. Regarding the filling, I have used our mini burger mixture, which is a combination of ground meat and veggies to give you more volume. 

At the same time, heat the oven to 180 Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit. 

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Stuffed cabbage rolls recipe

Second Step: Soften Cabbage

Cook cabbage leaves by submerging the whole cabbage into the pot of boiling water for a few minutes and removing softened leaves one by one. I usually cook for 4-5 minutes before taking out the leaves. Last, dip the green ends of the spring onion and cook for a few seconds. Cut the ends. 

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Keto cabbage rolls

Third Step: Make Rolls

Take one cabbage leaf and place some ground beef mixture on it. Roll the cabbage as seen in the video, and secure it by tying one spring onion string. Place the cabbage rolls seam side down one by one onto a baking dish. You can pour some tomato sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. 

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Stuffed cabbage rolls

Fourth Step: Pour Sauce

Pour the remaining sauce over the cabbage rolls in a baking dish. 

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Cabbage rolls

Fifth Step: Bake

Bake the cabbage rolls for 60 to 90 minutes or until fully cooked and tender. Before serving, sprinkle with chopped spring onion on top of cabbage rolls. 

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Stuffed cabbage

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR EASY CABBAGE ROLLS:

  • Leftovers – If you have leftover cabbage or remaining sauce, you can freeze it later in other recipes.
  • Variations – Explore variations using different meats like ground pork or green cabbage instead of regular cabbage.
  • Soup – Make an unstuffed cabbage roll soup using the same flavorful ingredients.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What To Serve With Homemade Cabbage Rolls?

Serve your stuffed cabbage rolls with mashed cauliflower and a refreshing coleslaw with shredded raw cabbage. This combination complements the flavors of the best-stuffed cabbage, and the mashed cauli and coleslaw enhance the meal with additional textures and tastes. Also, pair the cabbage rolls with a simple side salad or steamed vegetables to add more variety to the plate. 

How Many Rolls Does the Recipe Make?

The number of rolls produced by the recipe can vary depending on the size of the cabbage and the amount of filling used. When I made this stuffed cabbage recipe following the instructions, I made 20 rolls, which was perfect for a generous family-sized meal or storing leftovers.

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Stuffed cabbage rolls

What Other Meats Can You Use in These Stuffed Cabbage Rolls?

While the classic version of stuffed cabbage rolls typically uses ground beef with rice, you can explore different flavor profiles using alternative meats. Ground pork is an excellent option that adds a unique taste to the rolls, creating a delightful variation you and your family might enjoy.

Can I Make Stuffed Cabbage Rolls in an Instant Pot?

Yes, absolutely! Making stuffed cabbage rolls in an Instant Pot offers a quicker cooking time and a convenient alternative to traditional baking or simmering methods. Arrange the rolls in the Instant Pot, pour the sauce over them, and cook for 20 minutes under high pressure to achieve tender and flavorful cabbage rolls in no time.

You can even make this recipe using a slow cooker. Use the same steps and cook on low for eight hours or high for four hours. 

Can I Make a Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe Out Of This?

You can make a delicious cabbage roll soup instead of using the same ingredients and flavors from the stuffed cabbage rolls. To create the soup, chop the cabbage, onions, and any leftover cabbage roll filling into bite-sized pieces. Combine these with tomato sauce or broth in a large pot, and simmer until the cabbage is tender and the flavors have melded together.

How Long Can Cabbage Rolls Stay in the Fridge?

Cooled cabbage rolls can be refrigerated for a few days, typically lasting around 3 to 4 days when stored correctly in an airtight container. This allows you to enjoy the delicious leftovers without worry.

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Keto cabbage rolls
Can I Freeze Cabbage Rolls?

Yes, you can freeze the cabbage rolls for future consumption. To freeze, cool the cabbage rolls completely, then transfer them into a freezer-safe container or wrap them individually in plastic wrap. Cabbage in the freezer can last up to 2-3 months, providing a convenient option for quick and tasty meals whenever you desire.

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Explore the scrumptious world of casserole dishes with these mouthwatering options:

Dive into the creamy delight of a cheesy cabbage casserole. Embark on a flavorful journey with a zesty taco casserole. Experience the irresistible fusion of flavors in a chicken bacon ranch casserole. And don’t miss out on the cheesy goodness of sauerkraut casserole or cheesy Brussel sprouts. Each dish promises a delightful and filling meal, ready to please your taste buds.

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Easy Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Zuzana Paar
5 from 4 votes
Learn how to make Easy Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe in no time. Those cabbage leaves filled with ground beef mixture and poured over with tomato sauce will be your next go-to dinner, which the whole family loves.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main dishes
Cuisine International
Servings 20
Calories 95 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Ground Beef Mixture

  • 500 grams Minced Meat
  • 3 Zucchini
  • 2 Eggplant
  • Half of Cauliflower
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Garlic
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Almond Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Prepare all ingredients. Clean cabbage and onion. Cut out the center thick part of the cabbage head. Regarding the filling, I have used our mini burger mixture, which is a combination of ground meat and veggies to give you more volume. At the same time, heat the oven to 180 Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit.
  • Cook cabbage leaves by submerging the whole cabbage into the pot of boiling water for a few minutes and removing softened leaves one by one. Last, dip the green ends of the spring onion and cook for a few seconds. Cut the ends. 
  • Take one cabbage leaf and place some ground beef mixture on it. Roll the cabbage as seen in the video, and secure it by tying one spring onion string. Place the cabbage rolls seam side down one by one onto a baking dish. You can pour some tomato sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. 
  • Pour the remaining sauce over the cabbage rolls in a baking dish. 
  • Bake the cabbage rolls for 60 to 90 minutes or until fully cooked and tender. Before serving, sprinkle with chopped spring onion on top of cabbage rolls. 

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Notes

  • Leftovers – If you have leftover cabbage or remaining sauce, you can freeze it later in other recipes.
  • Variations – Explore variations using different meats like ground pork or green cabbage instead of regular cabbage.
  • Soup – Make an unstuffed cabbage roll soup using the same flavorful ingredients.

Nutrition

Serving: 1RollCalories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 147mgPotassium: 285mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 1113IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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