This is a quick and easy main dish. My kids don't even like cabbage, but they love this. I usually try to serve it with green beans, new potatoes, corn, and a pan of corn bread. They eat over half the pan every time. Also, the longer it stands the better it tastes.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef and onion in the hot Dutch oven until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Add cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, garlic, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover Dutch oven, reduce heat, and simmer until cabbage is tender, about 30 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

398.3 calories; protein 28.5g 57% DV; carbohydrates 16.3g 5% DV; fat 23.8g 37% DV; cholesterol 92.9mg 31% DV; sodium 1294.3mg 52% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2014
Nothing annoys me more than someone posting a review when they didn't follow the recipe as written... and now someone posting a 1-star review who didn't even TRY it. Use some common sense people!!! This is delicious as written. If you choose to spice it up or alter it somehow, that's your choice but shouldn't be a criticism of the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/12/2015
For more flavor, I replace the plain tomato sauce with Campbell's Tomato Soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2014
Nothing annoys me more than someone posting a review when they didn't follow the recipe as written... and now someone posting a 1-star review who didn't even TRY it. Use some common sense people!!! This is delicious as written. If you choose to spice it up or alter it somehow, that's your choice but shouldn't be a criticism of the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2014
I saw this recipe on Facebook and now I see it here. I tried it today and added 3/4 cups brown rice and 1 1/2 cups more water. I used spicy diced tomatoes. I cooked it on top of the stove for about 1 1/2 hours on a simmer. It turned out so delicious. I serve it with sour cream on the side. I love cabbage rolls and this is a reasonable facsimile. There will be leftovers for lunches. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2014
This was a very good recipe. However, I made a couple of adjustments. I wanted rice, so I added 1/2 cup of instant rice and added 1 cup of liquid. I try to use beef or chicken broth instead of water in most recipes, so I substituted beef broth in this case. My husband said it was better than rolled cabbage rolls. I agree, and I think the flavors blended better this way. I may never roll cabbage again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2014
I've been making this recipe for over 40+ years and there are so many variations. I've never had an actually recipe. I just throw ingredients in the pot. I've made it with ground turkey or chicken. I've omitted ground meats and added kielbasa and have also made it with sweet sausage. Always add garlic. Added rice or chopped or slice potato. Normally add a teaspoon or 2 of sugar. This is a great basic recipe play with the ingredients and spices. No matter what you add or not it's always satisfying. Kraft recipes also has a version of it also. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2015
Unstuffed cabbage roll, genius. I tried this recipe, and it essentially mimics any cabbage roll filling. Don't put Campbell's soup in this. Instead, take a can of tomato paste and add water to your liking to taste. Tomato paste is tangy and can be regulated with your personal salt content. Campbell's soup is salt in a can. I bought two cans of tomato paste in case I needed a tomato flavor. It's cheap, and does not taste like soup, you are putting into, well, soup. I surfed the web and found a lot of people use brown sugar, vinegar, or lemon in the recipe. The vinegar and lemon would be used to cut the cabbage bitterness... and sugar... to mimic American-Italian sauces? They contain a lot of sugar, by the way. I did add a splash or two of Worcestershire sauce. BUT THAT'S IT. Turned out awesome. I freezed half of it for later. Everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/12/2015
For more flavor, I replace the plain tomato sauce with Campbell's Tomato Soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2014
Only thing I changed was I added 1 cup of water and 1 cup of rice. This tastes just like Halupki's without the mess of boiling the cabbage and wrapping with meat and rice. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2014
My family enjoys this recipe, but I add about 1/8 cup of vinegar & 1 tbsp of sugar to give it the flavor of the stuffed cabbage they love! Healthy, easy & delicious!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2014
Excellent dish, does need more spice...added additional salt & pepper, along with some brown sugar. Cooked about a 1/2 hour longer than stated, to let flavors blend and to soften the cabbage a little more. Served on a bed of rice. Read More
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