Grandmas Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Grandmas Stuffed Cabbage Rolls quick in less than an hourGrandmas Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

I am not a fan of corned beef and cabbage.  I admit, I have never really tasted it.  I know you think well that I have not given it a fair taste comparison and you are saying you need to try it and then decide. 

Nope- Doesn’t matter to me. The smell of it cooking will send me out of the house gagging. My hubby and his kids love it! Gross! I won’t allow it in house. Huge conflict when we were first married.  Not so much any more.  Since I cook 90% of the meals. It’s my way.

 No Corned Beef and Cabbage in my house

I am not apposed to beef and cabbage together. I love my Grandmas Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.  I have adapted her recipe to suite my style of cooking. It is my version of Corned Beef and Cabbage. I love to make Grandmas Stuffed Cabbage Rolls during March as a festive way to celebrate the Irish St Patrick’s Day.

Have you heard? Cabbage has been declared the new super food. Which is so much easier than Kale don’t you think. “Kaleslaw” is pretty lame. But Coleslaw made with cabbage rocks the barbeque every time.

Back to my Grandmas Stuffed Cabbage Rolls recipe. It makes enough for 12 servings.  Cabbage can be softened in the microwave oven. If make too much filling don’t worry just  use it to make Stuffed Bell Peppers.   You can also use leftover ground beef and rice.   It Works really well. 

What I love is the sauce that the finished rolls are cooking in.  Yummy sweet tomato sauce. My version takes about an hour.  Which is about the limit of cooking in our busy households. Anything longer is for the weekends or holidays. This dish is suitable for an Easter celebration too.

My hubby has conceded to the NO Corned Beef and Cabbage rule now that he has tasted my alternative Grandmas Stuffed Cabbage Rolls recipe. He likes it equally.

Grandmas Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Serves 12
Delicious version of stuffed cabbage rolls
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
275 calories
58 g
6 g
3 g
14 g
1 g
982 g
272 g
3 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275
Calories from Fat 26
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 6mg
Sodium 272mg
Total Carbohydrates 58g
Dietary Fiber 22g
Sugars 3g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 12 large cabbage leaves
  2. 1 cup cooked rice
  3. 1 cup cooked ground beef
  4. 1/4 tsp black pepper
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1 small onion, diced
  7. 1 tsp sage
  8. 2 8 oz cans tomato sauce
  9. 1/4 cup water
  10. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  11. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  1. Clean cabbage head and peel the large leaves off the head carefully leaving it as whole as possible.
  2. Place the cabbage leaves in a large baggie and place in a microwave oven.
  3. Cook for 1 minute to soften.
  4. If it needs more softening cook another minute.
  5. Carefully remove from bag and let sit before handling.
  6. Combine the rice, beef and spices in a medium sized bowl.
  7. Place the rice mixture in the center of the cabbage leaf and roll together like a burrito.
  8. Place a tooth pick in the seam and any edges that need to be sealed.
  9. In a large skillet or dutch oven place cabbage rolls gently.
  10. Mix together in a small bowl tomato sauce, water, brown sugar, lemon juice.
  11. Pour over the cabbage.
  12. Cook until the sauce incorporates into the cabbage mixture for about an hour.
  13. Serve with roasted potatoes
Adapted from LeAnn
Adapted from LeAnn
Pantry Friendly Cooking



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LeAnn teaches cooking classes throughout the Salt Lake City area. Recently featured in Taste of Home Magazine, runner up in the Cache Valley Cheese Signature dish contest and Winner of Better Recipes Best Blogger Potluck Recipe. Created customed recipes for Hi Grade Meats to use in their promotions, She has been a frequent guest on Good Things Utah, featured chef on Studio 5, the CW 30 and at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Show. She recently auditioned for the Fox 13 show Master Chef. She hopes her passion and love of cooking will inspire you to cook from your pantry and create your own cuisine traditions. Her cookbook "Pantry Friendly Mexican Cooking is available at She is currently working on a 2nd book titled Pantry-Friendly Anti-Aging Cooking and a video series called Cook Away Hunger.


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