Grew up eating golumpki. Yes I'm mostly Polish, but always wanted more sauce on them and didn't like the 'mushiness' of the burger inside. This is the version I came up with and hope you enjoy!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 20 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Boil cabbage in a stockpot until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well.

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Mix salt, parsley, onion powder, and black pepper into ground beef.

  • Bring water and rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir tomato soup and crushed tomatoes together in a bowl.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Combine cabbage, seasoned ground beef, rice, and tomato mixture together in a bowl; transfer to a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 45 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

This recipe uses a lot of sauce. If you like the traditional golumpki-version, you may want to reduce the amount of sauce. I happen to dislike the old family recipes that are very dry.

I put the brand names of the sauce in there, because it is my personal preference and love the flavor.

Nutrition Facts

287 calories; protein 14.4g; carbohydrates 36.7g; fat 9.9g; cholesterol 34.8mg; sodium 726.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2015
Lazy Golumpki Haiku: "Used some of cook's notes, coz we don't like it too saucy. Couple swaps as well." Unlike the recipe submitter who prefers a wetter golumpki, we want it a little more dry, so I only used 1 15 oz. can of Hunt's tomato sauce; I believe it was an Italian-seasoned one. To save a step, I used a coleslaw-mix produce bag, but added some work back in (lol) by using 1/2 chopped onion instead of onion powder. This is one of those very forgiving, very comforting casseroles that some may call bland, but we just love. Other than it possibly needing garlic (and myself adding Sriracha to my plate), I think it was great. Making it ahead of time and leaving it covered in the oven for a bit longer than the recipe stated (so the cabbage on top didn't char too much) made dinner even easier. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/31/2019
As always, the first time I make a recipe, I follow it exactly. Not complicated to make, but disappointed in lack of flavor. Very bland. Would like to make it again but not sure what to add to give it a boost! Great texture, perfect amount of liquid. Maybe next day it will taste better! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2015
Lazy Golumpki Haiku: "Used some of cook's notes, coz we don't like it too saucy. Couple swaps as well." Unlike the recipe submitter who prefers a wetter golumpki, we want it a little more dry, so I only used 1 15 oz. can of Hunt's tomato sauce; I believe it was an Italian-seasoned one. To save a step, I used a coleslaw-mix produce bag, but added some work back in (lol) by using 1/2 chopped onion instead of onion powder. This is one of those very forgiving, very comforting casseroles that some may call bland, but we just love. Other than it possibly needing garlic (and myself adding Sriracha to my plate), I think it was great. Making it ahead of time and leaving it covered in the oven for a bit longer than the recipe stated (so the cabbage on top didn't char too much) made dinner even easier. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2017
I love love love this! It's so easy and gives me the flavor and food I crave without hours in the kitchen! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2018
Easy and perfect lazy golumpki recipe. I did add a teaspoon of paprika and tweaked recipe slightly by excluding tomato soup and crushed tomato. I added 24 ounce pasta sauce and 14.5 ounce of stewed tomatoes. A little less liquid than what recipe called for but it wasn't too dry. I like golumpki's and would make this lazy version again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2018
I will be making this again! So simple...and tastes just like stuffed cabbage. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/17/2019
It was good but a little bland maybe add a little heat if you try it Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/12/2020
I made it to recipe other than adding extra meat since my cabbage was pretty big. We all enjoyed it though I will play with extra spices next time I make it as it was on the blander side. Satisfying dish on a chilly evening. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2020
I thought this recipe was delicious. As advised by another reviewer, I did add a little onion and garlic powder, which helped increase the flavor. We thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to left-overs. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
08/31/2019
As always, the first time I make a recipe, I follow it exactly. Not complicated to make, but disappointed in lack of flavor. Very bland. Would like to make it again but not sure what to add to give it a boost! Great texture, perfect amount of liquid. Maybe next day it will taste better! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2018
I used red cabbage because it is better for you than green and because of my food intolerances I had to substitute the soups for other things like more tomatoes and some ketchup. Will do it again! Read More
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