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Cabbage Rolls

It’s my week for Mom to be at my house so that makes it a good time to make a batch of cabbage rolls. Mom taught me how to make them when I was a young girl. I’ve been making them ever since. They do take some time to make, but they are worth it. If you have a couple extras hours some afternoon give this recipe a try. I make a large batch so you can freeze some for another day.

Cabbage Rolls

Serves 12
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 15 minutes
Cabbage rolls with a rich tomato sauce like mom used to make.


  • 2lb ground chuck
  • 1lb ground sausage
  • 2 cups brown rice (cooked)
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 egg
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (adjust to your taste)
  • 1 head green cabbage (soften)
  • 2 cans tomato soup or sauce


I always make a large batch so I can freeze and share this recipe. It takes some time to make but it's worth the effort.


Add beef, sausage, onion, garlic, oregano, cayenne pepper and eggs together in a large bowl
Add cooked rice
Mix together, set aside.
Remove any blemished outer leaves.
Place head in large pot, cover with water.
Heat to boiling. Cut away leaves as they become tender. I do it right in the pot. You can take it out of the pot to do this step. Careful it's hot!
Lay leaves on paper towels to dry and cool.
Cut off the hard part of leaves.
Lay leaf flat.
Fill with a handful of meat/rice mixture.
Roll forward once.
Fold sides in.
Roll forward again.
Place in a single layer in a large oven safe dish. I used a roaster pan.
Spoon tomato soup or sauce over rolls.
Cut up any remaining cabbage and place on top.
Cover and cook at 350 F for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Internal temperature should be 165 F.

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20 thoughts on “Cabbage Rolls”

  1. Evelyn says:

    I am just wishing to let you know that I chose you as one of my recipients for the Liebster Blog Award!! I have so enjoyed following your blog. You can see the post here.

    Have fun making your post and passing it on!


    1. Diane says:

      Wow…what a wonderful surprise! I really appreciate you choosing me. I went to visit your blog and it’s really nice. You are the first I have found that talks about the struggles of Alzheimers. It was a real gift to me reading about your struggles and understandings of it all. I felt a door open for me reading your blog. Thank you for your honesty. I am a follower now! Thank you again.

  2. Jen` says:

    I hope you made some for me!!!!!!!!!

    1. Diane says:


  3. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

    No doubt they are amazing! I haven’t had cabbage rolls in years-enjoy:@)

  4. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    What a wonderful family recipe, and this is a fabulous tutorial as well! My Mom used to make cabbage rolls with me as well, but I have not made them in years. (I have made vegetarian cabbage rolls, but not my Mom’s recipe.) I like how your Mom’s recipe includes both beef and sausage – it really does sound delicious.

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks so much April! I will have to try a vegetarian recipe. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes says:

    There is nothing like good times with family, and it sure sounds like you made some good memories making these cabbage rolls with your mother. They really do look delish! Thanks for sharing this recipe at my party, and I hope we’ll see you next week!

  6. Lisa says:

    I just made these this week! They are one of our favorites and yours look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  7. Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers says:

    I love cabbage rolls. Your recipe sounds delicious! I also like to make a large batch and put some in the freezer for a fast and easy homecooked meal on a busy night.

  8. Balch Diane says:

    Stuffed cabbage is a classic dish that I have forgotten about, thanks for jogging my memory. Please share this on my foodie friday linky today.

    1. Balch Diane says:

      I signed in with FB it doesn’t post my blog:

      1. Diane says:

        I am having such a hard time getting fb to work properly. Thanks for letting me know.

  9. Nena Sinclair says:

    I absolutely love cabbage rolls! I’ve been looking for a good recipe for awhile now and yours sounds perfect! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  10. Shirley Carr says:

    Gotta make these for my son, loves them.

  11. India says:

    Oh my this is great. What do you normally eat with this? #sitsblogging #commentlovetribe

  12. Linda says:

    Hey sis, I found your recipe for cabbage rolls. I used yours for a reference making sure I didn’t forget anything. Last time I Cathy and I made them at her house I burned them in my pressure cooker. Thought I’d use the oven instead.

  13. Peggy says:

    I grew up eating these along with borsht and perogies. my Father’s parents were Ukranian My Grandfather would use 1/4 cup buckwheat with 3/4 cup rice, and some dill.

    1. Diane says:

      I remember my mom making perogies. Yum. I love the different variations. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  14. Nancy Payette says:

    I’ve always wanted to try these. Thanks for sharing.

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