Stuffed Cabbage Stew


Stuffed Cabbage Stew

Stuffed Cabbage Stew
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 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup water, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon 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.


  • Wrap up this delicious meal by presenting your group with our All in One Carrot Cake, and they just might kiss the chef!
  • And don't forget to check out our collection of Easy Cabbage Recipes, which has even more great ways to cook up cabbage.

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 8

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 290
  • Calories from Fat 109
  • Total Fat 12g 19 %
  • Saturated Fat 4.6g 23 %
  • Trans Fat 0.7g 0 %
  • Protein 18g 37 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 71mg 24 %
  • Sodium 668mg 28 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 28g 9 %
  • Dietary Fiber 5.2g 21 %
  • Sugars 16g 0 %

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can I make this in a crockpot if so how long do I cook it?

Hi! This can be made in a crockpot. Cook on low heat for 6 to 7 hours or on high heat for 3 to 4. :) Hope this helps.

Good. I substituted diced tomatoes for the crushed. I added 1 14 oz can of sauerkraut. Ditched the bread crumbs and used 1/2 cup uncooked rice to bind the meat balls. Now it was just right. Ate it all week.

Hi, I have watched the video 3-4 times just to count the meatballs you made. I use Rosina Homemade meatballs instead of making my own as it's quicker and I like their flavor and texture. To me they taste like homemade meatballs, but then again, that's me. This recipe looks tasty and easy and I will rate it once I have made it.

Sorry. I wasn't clear in my post. How many meatballs were there?

Hi there! While the Test Kitchen isnt sure of the exact amount of meatballs that you will get from 1 pounds of ground beef, we estimate that it makes 18-20 meatballs. Enjoy!

My husband and I really enjoyed this dish. I'm planning to try it for company. Could you recommend a few side dishes to go with it? Btw, in your answer to Cat re making this with peppers instead of cabbage, you say to simmer on low until RICE is fully cooked, but I don't see rice listed as an ingredient in this recipe.

Hi there! This is really a hearty all-in-one stew, so we don't recommend anything too filling served alongside it. We like to serve it with some green beans, a salad, or crusty bread. In regards to the user below, we were giving a suggestion for a variation of stuffed peppers, which calls for rice. Hope this helps, and we hope your company loves the dish as much as you guys did! )

My hubby and I absolutely LOVE this! So much easier than rolling the cabbage. I have a question Is there any way I could do this same thing with green peppers, instead of cutting the tops and cooking them whole? Thanks for a great recipe, as always ) Cat

Hi there! Yes, you can make stuffed peppers similar to this cabbage stew recipe by doing the following: Chop peppers into 1-inch chunks and cook in a skillet along with ground beef and onion. Cook until no pink remains in the ground beef. Add the remaining ingredients from the recipe and simmer on low until rice is fully cooked. There you go! If you make this recipe and like how it turns out, let us know by sending us a picture. Enjoy!

Too late I made this myself last night before I saw your response No picture for you this time I'm afraid It's gone LOL Believe it or not I just made meatballs put my own ingredients in onions garlic powder spices and some rice Put some of my famous spaghetti sauce Chunky Ragu I like shortcuts What can I say Put some of the Ragu in the bottom of the sauce pan a little more rice to cook in the sauce then carefully placed my meatballs in the sauce I cut up my green peppers in chunks like you said added a pinch of brown sugar more Ragu and cooked It turned out great Will be making it again when I have the kids over so I'll double the recipe and send a picture It takes about an hour to cook the peppers and meatballs through It just goes to showRead More you when you follow the recipes on your site and read what others have experimented with you can really make your own original meal Thanks Cat

Hi Cat! We're glad that this recipe turned out well for you, including your own variation. Thanks for sharing, enjoy!

Being diabetic, I have to stop using these recipes until that nutrition information is provided.

Hi there! While we are working on adding nutrition to the recipes on this site, you may want to check out our diabetic-friendly site: :)

How may calories and how much fat for each serving?

Hi there! Unfortunately we do not provide nutrition information on our recipes right now. This is an ongoing project and should be completed soon. If you would like to find out the nutrition information for a recipe, we recommend using a calorie counting tool that can be found via search engine. Thanks, and enjoy!

Made this 2 nights ago and had leftovers this evening. It was even better the second time. I served it with whole grain egg noodles with some of the sauce over the noodles. I have 2 comments 1) it is still a bit time consuming because of making all the small meatballs and also shredding the cabbage. I won't use bagged stuff because it is more expensive and it has a funny taste compared to fresh. 2) the meatballs were much too bland for hubby and I. Next time I make it I will add garlic powder and maybe a bit of basil or oregano to the mix.

Wow, does this ever look good or what! Many thanks to Howard staff.

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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