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Stuffed Cabbage Stew


Stuffed cabbage rolls are something that I wasn't introduced to until I moved to Ohio. They are made by wrapping cabbage around a filling of meat, rice, onion, and seasonings, then slow cooking the delicious little guys in a tomato sauce.

My soon-to-be mother-in-law makes the most delicious stuffed cabbage rolls! I have had a hankering for them lately, so when I saw fresh cabbage galore at the farmer's market yesterday morning I knew what was for dinner! The problem was... stuffed cabbage rolls are time consuming to assemble and slow cook, and I wanted to go hiking instead of being in the kitchen that afternoon. So, I decided to make a stew version instead. You could also make this a vegetarian dish by using veggie stock instead of beef broth and skip the meat and add carrots or even potatoes.

Stuffed Cabbage Stew

  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 2lbs of ground beef
  • 1 quart (4 cups) beef broth
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 ribs of celery
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (or more!)

Yields about 4-6 servings depending on serving size.

Heat a stock pot and add ground beef. Brown meat, strain, and set aside to add back to the pot in just a bit.


Chop veggies and mince the garlic. Re-heat stock pot and add olive oil, onion, celery, and bay leaves. Cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes, then add garlic and continue to cook until onions become translucent.


You can use pre-ground coriander and black pepper, but I love using my mortar and pestle any chance I get! So I ground mine up while waiting on the onions to cook.


Add browned ground beef and all other remaining ingredients. Stir well and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to med/low and let simmer for 30-45 minutes until cabbage is tender.

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Serve with rice to complete the stuffed cabbage roll's main ingredient list!




Suzanne Dessens

Oh yum, sounds love carb (without the rice) to me!


Yes! Definitely low carb! Draining the meat makes it lower fat too! Yum yum!

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