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Crock Pot Cabbage Rolls

With summer coming to a close my barbecue will take a back seat to comfort meals from the oven and crock pot. Crock pot meals are such a life saver for those busy back to school days that are just around the corner. If some of your family does not enjoy cabbage, leave some of the meat balls unwrapped and place those on the top of the cabbage wrapped ones.


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 1 cup cooked rice, white or brown
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 large cabbage, Asian or savoy work well
  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 1 28oz can stewed tomatoes

Asian and savoy cabbage leaves are much softer than regular cabbage leaves, and so you can just peel them off the head piece by piece and use them. If using a regular cabbage place it in several inches of water and steam for several minutes, which will help the leaves to peel off easier. Cut away the thick part in the middle of each leaf so you have nice thin leaves to roll your meat in. Swiss chard and beet top leaves also work really well and add a little different flavor and colour.
  1. Prepare your cabbage leaves.
  2. Mix all the other ingredients together well with your hands.
  3. Place a large spoon of meat filling on each cabbage leave and roll up. If you choose to leave some without the cabbage, just form meat balls .
  4. Layer inside of crock pot.
  5. Combine sauce ingredients and pour over cabbage rolls.
  6. Set your pot on low and cook 7-9 hours.
Serve over mashed potatoes or rice. Left overs freeze well. You can also bake these in the oven on 350ยบ for 1 1/2 hours.


  1. hello

    when i am making cabbage rolls i use reg cabbage and put the cabbage in the freezer and let it freeze then remove it let thaw in the sink and it works really good


  2. Haven't ever made cabbage rolls in a crockpot..will be trying that next time I make them. Thanks Kathy..great idea!

  3. I am definitely trying this recipe! Thanks!

  4. I too have never tried makig cabbage rolls in my crock pot. Thanks for the idea. I will definitely be giving this a try.

  5. Thanks Kathy. Crock pot season is a-coming around here!

  6. Your blog has been the best/worst thing that has ever happened to my husband and I. I'm learning how to bake & cook all different kinds of very delicious food every day! Thank you!

  7. I'm always a bit taken aback when I see cabbage roll recipes with so much meat. They are one of the 12 meatless dishes for Ukrainian Xmas Eve.

    Otherwise...I'm making this, oh and another otherwise, it will be with sour cabbage. Thanks for the reminder.

  8. I haven't had cabbage rolls in what seems like eons...will add this to my must-make list. I can't wait to try these. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. - re meat in the cabbage rolls - I've always thought that was the difference between the Mennonite and Ukranian versions - having grown up with a mostly meat version, I always fine the rice only kind lacking

  10. Amazing. I love your blog! I'm making my weekly menu and have 4 of your recipes in it ;) Your cabbage rolls are a family favorite! :)

  11. When you say 2 cans tomato soup; what oz and do you mean the condensed variety (if so, I don't add any water, right?) or non condensed?

  12. try adding a large can of sauerkraut on top of the cabbage rolls or add one half to one cup of vinegar while an extra zip!

  13. I like to throw in a bit of bacon or left over ham in mine, some is mixed in with the hamburger and rice and some on the top. It adds a nice smokey flavour.

    1. That would really add a nice flavour. I'll have to remember to try that the next time I make these.

  14. Fab idea, going to try this one tonight :) always wonderful recipes on here :)

  15. My Mom taught me to use tomato soup,, a little tomato paste and some kind of vinegar and a liberal sprinkle of brown sugar over all of it before putting it in the oven. Oh My... I'll have to make that soon toooo... haven't had awesome cabbage rolls for a very long time as my new husband doesn't care much for them. Save that for company night. :)


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