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Stuffed Cabbage Stew

(24 Votes)
1 Hr 5 Min

Our Stuffed Cabbage Stew is a classic old-world main dish using a shortcut that fits today's busy lifestyle. It's super easy to make and perfect for dinner any night of the week!

What You'll Need:
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup water, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, not drained
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 head green cabbage, shredded (about 12 cups)
What To Do:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, 1/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Form mixture into 1-inch meatballs.
  2. In another medium bowl, combine tomatoes, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, salt, and remaining water; mix well.
  3. In a soup pot, place half the shredded cabbage. Add meatballs and half the tomato mixture. Top with remaining cabbage and remaining tomato mixture. Do not stir!
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes. Stir gently, being careful not to break up meatballs. Simmer an additional 40 minutes, or until cabbage is soft, stirring halfway through.

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Am making this right now. Only thing different, I only used one pound of meat as there are only two of us! It still looks like a lot!

I am making this right now. Followed the recipe as is except, I'm baking it in a 325 oven, covered for the first 45 min. now will finish baking uncovered. Will let you know what we think of it after we taste it. JS

We would love to hear how your dish turned out. Thanks!

Can this be frozen, and if so, before or after it is cooked. Thank you.

You can freeze before cooking - enjoy!

Thank you, I'm making this today. It sounds yummy!

Just to clarify, don't cook the cabbage or the meatballs.

Correct - don't cook anything; just freeze, thaw, and cook when ready!

Thank you so much, sorry to be a pest.

This was fantastic and did save a ton of work!! I did mine in the crock pot and since I love cabbage so much i put extra in there so it took awhile for it to get done, but well worth the wait. The only thing i did different was i cut back on the filler to a 1/4 cup and then added a half a cup of rice which worked out great. Thank you again, it was such a cold winter we definitely needed this comfort food.

We loved it! I have a question though.. made it the first time "covered". It came out fine. I just re-read the directions and they say "not" to cover on top of the stove. Do all of you cook this uncovered? Thanks for a yummy recipe!

Made this for the first time. Made meatballs with with ground turkey. They were great. Increased amount of cabbage to 4 1/2 lb.. Had to triple the sauce to accommodate changes. This was a great recipe. Glad I increased proportions. Love this recipe. Looking forward to making it again in a couple of weeks. Thanks for this gift.

excellent, easy to make, same great taste

To me cabbage rolls need rice so I added some to the meatball mix and served it over some. I also baked the meatballs first to get rid of some of the fat. In place of the lemon juice I added some sauerkraut to the tomato mix. OH it's so good!

LOVE THIS! I've been rolling cabbage for years. I added some onions and extra spices to my meatballs, but otherwise the recipe is a great idea! Thank you so much for making this a quick, fix meal :)

Made this in the crockpot. Baked the meatballs first, adding minced onion and garlic powder. Layered cabbage, meatballs, sauce per directions but added crushed red pepper and garlic powder to sauce. Cooked on Low setting for 6 hours. Turned out great.

Thanks, Bristol. I was curious about how long to make this in a crock pot.

trying turkey meatballs for less fat and cholesterol. thanks for directions to make in crock pot, less time at the stove.

I made this with a little variation. I made it in the crock pot, added rice and small can of tomato sauce. Also made beer bread to go with it. Very tasty.

While this does not taste like my Polish cabbage rolls I usually make, this was excellent. It was very easy and my picky husband ate two helpings. He also wants the leftovers for dinner tomorrow night. I served it over rice as my cabbage rolls have rice in the meat mixture. I can't wait to share this with my friends. Perfect winter meal!! Try it, you won't be disappointed.

Sounds delicious and quick to make but one thing is missing, the rice.

Can this be made in the slow cooker? I need a good potluck dish.

Yes, this can be done in a slow cooker. Not sure of the exact time because we havent tested it, but it should take about 6 to 8 hours on low.

lucylou3740 This is an excellent recipe that I have made for years. It is much better made a day before and to take to a friends as a casserole. I make my own meatballs, so I know what is in them and cook on cookie sheet in oven.

Lucylou.. did you used to know a Cathy (receptionist in Birmingham) This is she )

Agree with baking the meatballs first to eliminate some of the fat. Still waiting for the response to the questions above - can this be made in the crockpot? Seems like it could.

I learned when I worked in restaurant to make your meatballs, place them on a shallow baking dish or cookie sheet and put them in a hot oven for about 15 or 20 minutes (depending on size). No matter what you are going to use them for pre-cook them to get rid of fat and make them hold together better.

Can the cabbage stew be made in the crock pot?

use ground turkey and cut down the calories

Why not make this even easier by buying ready-made frozen meatballs?

why can we not print this stuffed cabbage recipes??

there is a print button on the screen below the recipe. I was able to print.

Have a question for the 'Mr. Foods Kitchen Team,' ..... can this be made in a slow cooker??? Thanks in advance! Love all your delicious recipes and love this site. Sincerely, 'little ole' Ohio cook' Sherry


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