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Un-Stuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet Meal

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Get the flavor of cabbage rolls without the work! Un-stuffed cabbage casserole is a quick and easy one pan dinner that makes cabbage roll goodness possible on a weeknight.

plate full of cabbage with rice, ground beef, tomatoes etc for unstuffed cabbage dinner in front of skillet with remaining cabbage

       This economical and flavorful dinner is a great way to feed your family.  A pound of ground beef is stretched with rice and plenty of healthy cabbage making it possible to feed the whole family for under ten dollars. Plus you can get the flavor of grandma’s stuffed cabbage rolls without the effort and only 1 dirty pan!

     I was first introduced to cabbage rolls when I asked family members for favorite recipes. My husband’s uncle Greg sent over a guide for how he make golumpki (or gotabki depending on who you ask.)

      I gave them a go and they were delicious, but to be honest they were also a fair amount of work. So despite enjoying them and really needing to update the pictures, I haven’t made them again since.

deep saute pan with browned ground beef, toasted rice and diced onion ready to make unstuffed cabbage roll skillet meal.

      However I have made versions of this casserole version several times.  It is a lot quicker to make and every bit as flavorful.

Tips and tricks

Make sure to use a large enough pan. The cabbage cooks down quite a bit but will take up a lot of space to start with.

Use a pan with a lid. That will help the rice and cabbage to cook evenly. I’ve used both an enameled cast iron braiser and covered saute pan with great success.

swiss diamond saute pan filled with cabbage roll casserole.

Do yourself a favor and core the cabbage and cut it into nice bite sized pieces while it’s raw. It will make serving and eating it much easier.

Possible Substitutions

Not into white rice?  Use brown rice or quinoa instead. Just be sure to adjust the amount of beef broth and cook time accordingly.

skillet of un-stuffed cabbage roll skillet meal with browned mozzarella cheese on top.

Could you use a different kind of greens? Sure, but cabbage’s mild flavor and sturdy leaf really is ideal.

A cabbage cousin like bok choy or napa would do well. Kale would alter the flavor, but would likely be delicious if you are a kale lover.

Uncle Greg sent a list of spices he like to use. He said he generally picks 2 or 3 of them and mixes and matches.

plate of stuffed cabbage roll casserole in front of skillet of remaining dinner.

I generally stick with marjoram or oregano and some garlic  because those are flavors my family loves. Greg also suggests celery seed, thyme, nutmeg, ground mustard, ground cumin, garam masala, or cloves.

He gravitates toward cloves plus one other spice. You can do whatever your mood and imagination dream up.

He also likes to add mushrooms, green beans and other vegetables to the mix in his cabbage rolls. You could easily do the same in this skillet meal.

The cheese topping is not at all traditional, but makes it super delicious. Plus a layer of melted cheese helps me sell almost any meal to my family. Feel free to leave it off if that’s your preference.

dinner plate full of cabbage roll skillet dinner with fork ready to eat.

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Now get this perfect one pan un-stuffed cabbage skillet dinner on your menu and let me know what you think!

Yield: 8 Servings

Un-Stuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet Meal

plate of stuffed cabbage roll casserole in front of skillet of remaining dinner.

Get the flavor of cabbage rolls without the work! Un-stuffed cabbage casserole is a quick and easy one pan dinner that makes cabbage roll goodness possible on a weeknight!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 head cabbage (small to medium)
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup white rice (uncooked)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram or oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a deep sauté pan, dutch oven or braiser over medium heat. Add the ground beef, salt and pepper.  Brown the beef and drain any extra grease.
  2. Add the diced onion and cook until translucent. 
  3. Add the rice and toast for a minute or two then stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, soy sauce, beef broth and seasonings. Cut the cabbage into bite sized pieces and add to pan.  
  4. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.  If it starts to look dry, add a bit more broth or water. If after 20 minutes it looks a little loose, simmer for a few minutes with the lid off.  Adjust the seasoning to your taste.
  5. Sprinkle with mozzarella and either put the lid on to melt or place under the broiler for a minute or two to brown.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 834mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 23g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Get the flavor of cabbage rolls without the work! Un-stuffed cabbage casserole is a quick and easy one pan dinner that makes cabbage roll goodness possible on a weeknight!

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Friday 7th of August 2020

We had this for dinner tonight. Two thumbs up from us! Yum!

Carlee

Saturday 29th of August 2020

YAY! I am so glad you liked it!

Anne

Thursday 12th of September 2019

I love this idea! Stuffed cabbage takes so long to make and I'm sure it tastes just as good!

Carlee

Saturday 14th of September 2019

This is soooooo much faster!

Amy (Savory Moments)

Thursday 5th of September 2019

I love cabbage rolls and making them in a skillet is a great shortcut!

Carlee

Monday 9th of September 2019

It cuts out the boiling and rolling part which saves so much time!

Erin

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

I hated stuffed cabbage as a kid but maybe I would like this!

Carlee

Monday 9th of September 2019

Tastes evolve and you can change the seasoning to your taste. We make ours taste almost like lasagna ;-)

Sue Lau

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

Makes quick work of a laborious meal!

Carlee

Monday 9th of September 2019

It really does

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