How To Make Cabbage Rolls

Meat rolled in savory cabbage leaves
Cabbage rolls are a delicious traditional food, which look complicated, but are actually easy to make! Cabbage rolls are a very forgiving recipe, and you can change the amounts of many ingredients or make substitutions without ruining them. There are many different recipes out there because cabbage rolls were traditionally a dish to use up leftovers.

Step 1


  • 2 large heads of cabbage
  • 3 cups uncooked long-grain rice
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound pork sausage
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid


  • Pot for cooking rice
  • Microwave-proof dish
  • Pan for sautéing
  • Casserole dish
  • Blender
  • Aluminum foil

Step 2

Cook the rice. First, wash the rice thoroughly. Next, combine 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to simmer the rice for about 20 minutes, until all of the water has been absorbed and the rice turns tender.

Step 3

Prepare the cabbage. While the rice is cooking, remove the core from the cabbages. Lay each cabbage in a microwave-proof container and pour half a cup of water on it. Microwave for ten minutes, then turn over and microwave for ten more. Then repeat this process with the other cabbage. You can also boil to cook them, if you prefer. Once the cabbages are done cooking, separate the leaves.

Step 4

Prepare the filling. Chop the onions, and then sauté one of them in butter until translucent, but not brown. In a large bowl, mix the cooked rice, 1 cup of uncooked rice, both onions, ground beef, sausage, garlic, dill weed, salt, and pepper. Stir the mixture well so that each roll will get an even mixture of ingredients.

Step 5

Make the cabbage rolls. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the mixed ingredients into each cabbage leaf. Roll the leaves and tuck in the ends to keep in the filling. You may want to use toothpicks to make sure they don't unroll, but if you lay them close together, they should keep each other from unwrapping. Lay the cabbage rolls in a single layer in a casserole dish, with a layer of cabbage leaves under them.

Step 6

Make the sauce. Before you bake the cabbage rolls, don't forget to make the sauce. Blend together the tomato soup and tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Then, pour this mixture over the cabbage rolls until they are covered.

Step 7

Bake the cabbage rolls. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil, and bake at 350 degrees for about 2 hours. Serve hot, or freeze for later use.

Cabbage rolls are an impressive dish to make for friends and family. This comfort food is sure to please everyone!


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