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Crockpot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

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These easy unstuffed cabbage rolls are made in the Crockpot. It’s all the great flavors you want from cabbage rolls without all the extra work!

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Once you give these unstuffed cabbage rolls made in the slow cooker a try you’ll never go back to making them the old fashioned way. All the flavors and textures we love are present and accounted for without all the messy work of trying to stuff and roll cabbage leaves!

What are cabbage rolls?

If you’ve never had a cabbage roll you might be wondering why this recipe is “unstuffed”. Cabbage rolls are typically cabbage leaves filled with rice, seasonings, and ground meat in a red sauce.

Normally you’d have to spend hours scooping, filling, and rolling the cabbage leaves just perfectly so they don’t fall apart or spill in the slow cooker.

Thanks to this unstuffed cabbage rolls recipe you can enjoy all the textures, flavors, and hearty goodness of a cabbage roll without any extra work!

A plate with rice and cabbage rolls on top ready to eat.

Is this a soup recipe?

I wouldn’t consider this a soup necessarily. With a bit more liquid you could certainly make it into a soup though!

If you want to make a cabbage soup this recipe would make a good start. Just add more broth and make make the cabbage smaller and you’ll be all set!

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How do I serve these unstuffed cabbage rolls?

You’ll see that we serve ours over rice. It’s a super easy way to present and serve this unstuffed cabbage rolls recipe. If you have two Crockpots you can even get your rice cooking at the same time!

Learn how to make the perfect rice in the slow cooker right here!

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What do I need to make unstuffed cabbage rolls?

You will find all the staples of cabbage rolls on this list. That’s because we’re not reinventing the wheel here. We’re taking something good and making it easier!

A pretty plate perfectly served up with the finished cabbage rolls ready to eat.

The slow cooker does all the hard work for you and since there’s no filling or rolling involved you won’t have to mess with half cooked cabbage leaves or the messy process of filling them and rolling them perfectly.

To make unstuffed cabbage rolls you’ll need ground beef, minced garlic, cabbage, onions, and canned tomatoes. We will also use condensed tomato soup, water, and rice if you plan to serve your finished cabbage rolls over rice!

If you want to serve them over noodles or something else you can just omit the rice from this recipe or add it in at the end and include it however you want to serve your finished recipe!

A look down into the crockpot at the finished recipe.

How to make unstuffed cabbage rolls in the Crockpot:

Place the ground beef in a skillet. Brown for about 3 to 5  minutes then add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet. Continue to brown the meat until no longer pink or internal temperature of 160 degrees. Drain the ground beef.

Cut the cabbage in quarters,  remove the core and rinse thoroughly. Cut the cabbage into large pieces and pat dry.

Spray a large crockpot with non-stick spray or use a liner. 

A view of the finished soup with plates of rice ready to be served.

Place half of the cabbage pieces into the bottom of a crock pot. Add half the cooked ground beef mixture. Then pour the undrained diced tomatoes into the crockpot. 

Add the remaining cabbage pieces to the crock pot and spread the remaining ground beef over the cabbage.

In a small bowl combine the two cans of condensed tomato soup and 1 cup of water. Pour the soup mixture into the crockpot. 

here we see the unstuffed cabbage rolls being dished out.

Place the lid on the crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours or until the cabbage is tender. Just before serving stir in the cooked white rice and heat through.

Looking for even more easy dinner recipes?

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Try out any of these Crockpot dinner recipes for smiles all around! We love Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Wings, Orange Chicken in the Crockpot, Slow Cooker Beef Stew, Beef with Broccoli Recipe, Crockpot Pulled Pork Recipe, Slow Cooker Pork Chops, Crockpot Turkey Breast Recipe, Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers, Crock Pot Cowboy Beans, and even Slow Cooker Chili Mac.

Honestly though you can’t go wrong with any of the delicious recipes here at Slow Cooker Living. There’s so much to choose from and every recipe is easy and family friendly!

Printable Crockpot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe:

Featured image showing the finished unstuffed cabbage rolls on a fork ready to be eaten.

Crockpot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

These easy unstuffed cabbage rolls are made in the Crockpot. It's all the great flavors you want from cabbage rolls without all the extra work!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Ground beef
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 medium head Cabbage
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 14 oz can Tomatoes undrained
  • 2 10.75 oz cans Tomato soup, condensed
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Cups cooked white rice for serving

Instructions

  1. Place the ground beef in a skillet. Brown for about 3 to 5 minutes then add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet. Continue to brown the meat until no longer pink or internal temperature of 160 degrees. Drain the ground beef.
  2. Cut the cabbage in quarters, remove the core and rinse thoroughly. Cut the cabbage into large pieces and pat dry.
  3. Spray a large crockpot with non-stick spray or use a liner.
  4. Place half of the cabbage pieces into the bottom of a crock pot. Add half the cooked ground beef mixture. Then pour the undrained diced tomatoes into the crockpot.
    Add the remaining cabbage pieces to the crock pot and spread the remaining ground beef over the cabbage.
  5. In a small bowl combine the two cans of condensed tomato soup and 1 cup of water. Pour the soup mixture into the crockpot.
  6. Place the lid on the crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours or until the cabbage is tender. Just before serving stir in the cooked white rice and heat through.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 396Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 101mgSodium 255mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 33g

These recipes are calculated as a courtesy. They are not intended as medical advice or guaranteed accurate. Please do your own calculations if necessary.

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Nancy Heim

Saturday 10th of April 2021

I sprinkle a small amount of brown sugar over the mixture before placing the lid to cook. It gives it a little sweetness and my family likes it!