Lazy Cabbage Rolls

tasty and wholesome cabbage recipe
Tasty and wholesome cabbage recipe
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For the cabbage rolls:
4 cups White rice cooked, at room temperature
½ Cabbage medium, sliced into ¼-inch wide strips
1 lb Ground pork
1 lb Ground turkey
1 Onion large, divided (½ grated and ½ finely diced)
2 Large eggs
Seasoning to taste
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
2 tbsp Parsley finely chopped parsley or dill
For the sauce
1 tbsp Olive oil
3 tbsp Butter
1 Carrots large, julienned or grated
2 cups Marinara sauce store-bought marinara or homemade
3 cups Water hot

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  • For the sauce

Lazy Cabbage Rolls


Lazy Cabbage Rolls are my simple take on stuffed cabbage rolls. Stuffed cabbage is common in Eastern Europe and it is a great way to use nutrient-rich cabbage in your meals. Cabbage has so many health benefits and it is a great source of vitamins too. I love exploring cabbage based recipes.

I start these lazy cabbage rolls by blanching sliced cabbage leaves in boiling water. Next I make a filling from ground pork and turkey mixed with rice, onion, eggs and cabbage. I make the meat into patties and place them in a casserole dish before cooking up a tomato sauce. Pour the sauce over the meat patties and bake in the oven!

To make my Lazy Cabbage Rolls, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Lazy Cabbage Rolls

Steps to make Lazy Cabbage Rolls


Heat the oven


Preheat the oven to 425 °F and lightly grease two 9-inch casserole dish.


Steam cabbage


Place ¼-inch wide strips of cabbage in a heat proof bowl. Pour over boiling water and leave to soften for 10 minutes. Drain the water from the cabbage and squeeze the excess water with your hands.


Make meat filling


Combine 1 pound each of ground turkey and ground pork with the drained cabbage and 4 cups of cooked rice in a large mixing bowl. Place ½ a grated onion into the meat mixture. Add 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of all-purpose seasoning, ½ a teaspoon of black pepper, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 2 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley. Mix well.


Shape meat into patties


Shape the meat mixture into ½ cup oval patties with your hands. Arrange them in the prepared casserole dish.


Sauté onion


Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and 3 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ½ a diced onion and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until soft.


Make sauce


Add julienned carrot to the onion and cook for 3 minutes more before adding 2 cups of marinara and 3 cups of hot water. Bring the sauce to a boil and add ¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of all-purpose seasoning.




Pour the sauce over the meat patties and cover the baking dish with foil. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until cooked through.



Serve on plates with sour cream or Greek yogurt and enjoy!

This Lazy Cabbage Rolls is comfort food on a plate with added cabbage! If you try this recipe, please come back to leave a review below to tell me what you think!

Lilly is an enthusiastic and cheerful young mom. She knows as well as any parent that children can be really picky when it comes to food. And she’s had plenty of experience trying to cook meals that are both tasty and nutritious, and able to satisfy the tastes of a fussy kid right away! To save you some precious time, Lilly's going to share with you all the tricks she learned the hard way, so you don’t have to! She has a wealth of recipes for quick and easy meals for kids and families on a budget.

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Total Reviews: 17
Kataleya Kuhlers

Too much parsley!!! It's overwhelming dont add so much or it ruins the other spices.

Antonella Renstrom

The chicken cabbage pirog was better.

Aryana Gicker

My kids gobbled these right up never been more happy with a recipe that has cabbage in it until today lol, thanks.

Novalee Alain

Can't get enough of the cabbage roll recipes on here they are all so delicious :)

Joyce Scalice

Kinda expensive but I'd say the meal is worth it for sure plus you can make a bunch of mini ones and toss the rolls into some spagethi

Vivianna Policicchio

Filled me right up, perfect lunch for sure or even for a snack during the middle of the day too.

Coraline Allrich

Ate mine cold at work today i personally think they taste better.

Regan Sepulbeda

Crowd loved it, the crowd being my entire family and their friends who ate everything i made in under 10 minutes lol.

Mckayla Reed

Love me some Russian cabbage rolls! thx for the share.

Maryjane Jedziniak

I used brown rice instead of white and added ground chicken in place of pork since pork is extremely fattening.

Devyn Fedigan

Lilly always makes the best stuff, very pleased with how this turned out.

Akira Sarcona

Flavorful and unique design I enjoyed every bite of these scrumptious rolls!


Takes a while to make something thats supposed to be considered lazy but it was still very tasty just wishing it was under 40 minutes atleast.

Anayah Fakes

Loved the sauce so much I used it for some pasta too.

Zaria Vinette

Wishing it was spicy cause the flavors aren't too strong in this.

Mercy Abramson

Obsessing over the flavor in this ukranian/russian dish ive never had anything similar to this in my life.


Great recipe! Our collection of traditional and popular Ukrainian recipes is here: Popular Ukrainian Recipes or Ukrainian Food.

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