Cabbage Rolls

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 30m
Ready In

"This is a traditional Polish dish we have quite often when the family gets together. I make loads of these at a time and freeze them. If freezing, do not stack them in the freezer bags. Freeze them in one layer or you will have a difficult time taking them apart to thaw. You can stack them atop each other once bagged. I like serving these with mashed potatoes and mixing the tomato juices with them. If making gluten free, make sure you use gluten free Worcestershire sauce, tomato soup and vegetable stock."

Original recipe yields 24 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (217.1 g)
  • Calories 178.8
  • Total Fat - 8.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 47.1 mg
  • Sodium - 160.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 11.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.7 g
  • Sugars - 3.9 g
  • Protein - 15.6 g
  • Calcium - 49.3 mg
  • Iron - 2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 34.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Bring cabbage to a boil in a large stockpot, removing leaves as they fall off into the water and are tender. Run under cold water and drain. Cut the thick membrane off bottom back of each leaf.

Step 2

Meanwhile, mix ground meat with onions, garlic, basil, salt, pepper, celery salt, cloves and Worcestershire sauce.

Step 3

Place meat in large pot, throw in bay leaves and add stock. Cook on medium heat until meat has browned. Drain liquid and return to pot.

Step 4

Mix cooked meat mixture with cooked rice

Step 5

Lay out leaves and add meat mixture in center of leaf. Turn leaf sides over meat and roll.

Step 6

Freeze or bake.

Step 7

If freezing, place these, seam side down in a freezer bag, in one layer and freeze.

Step 8

If Baking, place rolls, seam down into a greased roasting pan.

Step 9

Mix crushed tomatoes, tomato soup and melted butter together and pour over rolls.

Step 10

Add tomato juice to bring juices just over cabbage rolls. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 11

Cover roasting pan and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 2- 2 1/2 hours. After 1 hour add more tomato juice if needed.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I made these but only using 1 can of tomato soup as I only had one and these were delicious. I serve them with mashed potatoes.

review by:
(14 Aug 2012)


I really like these cabbage rolls. I use 2 pounds ground pork and 1 pound ground moose meat and the rest of the ingredients are the same. I keep a couple of batches of these in my deep freeze all the time for when some visitors drop in. Thank you for giving me this recipe.

review by:
(10 Aug 2012)


These were ok but we thought they were rather salty and sweet tasting for us, probably from the soup, I'm not sure. If I made them again, I would leave out the soup and use some other form of tomato in place of it.

review by:
(14 Apr 2012)