Italian Sausage-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Love this recipe! Very easy to make and the sausage flavor is a great twist.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium head cabbage

  • 1 (19 ounce) package mild Italian sausage (such as Johnsonville®)

  • 2 cups marinara sauce

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 2 cups cooked rice

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil, or more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, or more to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Put olive oil on the bottom of a medium-sized baking dish. Remove casings from sausage.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook cabbage leaves until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain.

  3. While the cabbage is cooking, remove casings from sausage. Cook and stir sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it into pieces as it cooks, until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

  4. At the same time, combine marinara sauce and tomato sauce in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until warm, about 3 minutes; set aside.

  5. Mix cooked rice, sausage, and 1/2 cup sauce with basil and oregano. Spread filling onto cabbage leaves and roll up like small burritos. The amount of filling in each will vary depending on how big your cabbage leaves are. Place cabbage rolls close together in the prepared dish and spoon remaining sauce over top.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Garnish with more basil and oregano.

Cook's Notes:

Use either mild or spicy Italian sausage.

I chopped up the leftover cabbage and mixed with the leftover filling and baked that like a casserole and it was great as well!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

423 Calories
22g Fat
40g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 423
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 1312mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 60mg 300%
Calcium 117mg 9%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 870mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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