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Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls are packed with a delicious meat mixture and cooked to perfection. This will soon be a family favorite meal idea.

Cabbage rolls in a slow cooker
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These slow cooked cabbage rolls are soft, loaded with flavor and easy to make. The cabbage rolls are rolled with a meat mixture that makes it a hearty meal.

Slow Cooker Recipes are save me time when preparing our weeknight meals. If you love these cabbage rolls, try Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe or Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works:

The next time you need a simple and crowd pleasing meal, make this crock pot cabbage rolls recipe. The cabbage, sauce and meat filled cabbage rolls are layered in a slow cooker to create a delicious meal.

Serve these cabbage rolls with a side of white rice and air fryer broccoli for a complete meal idea.

Ingredients: 

Cabbage Rolls Ingredients - cabbage, ground beef, onion, rice, minced garlic, egg, italian seasoning, salt, pepper, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, brown sugar
  • Head Cabbage 
  • Lean Ground Beef 
  • Onion (finely diced) 
  • Cooked Rice 
  • Minced Garlic 
  • Large Egg (beaten) 
  • Italian Seasoning 
  • Salt 
  • Pepper 
  • Crushed Tomatoes 
  • Tomato Sauce (15 ounces) 
  • Tomato Paste 
  • Worcestershire sauce 
  • Brown Sugar 

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

Variations:

  • Change the Meat – Feel free to change the meat to what you prefer. You can use chicken, ground sausage, turkey, ground pork or a mixture of these meats.
  • Tomato Soup – Feel free to add in a can of tomato sauce instead of using tomato sauce.
  • Spices – You can add in different spices or fresh herbs to the meat mixture. Add in red pepper for an extra kick of flavor.

Step by Step Instructions: 

Placing the cabbage in a bowl

Step 1 – Remove the outer tough leaves from the cabbage.  Place the cabbage (core side down) in a large microwave safe dish and pour approximately ½ cup of water around the cabbage. 

Cooked cabbage in a bowl

Step 2 – Microwave for 10 minutes.  Carefully flip the cabbage over in the dish and microwave for another 10 minutes.  Cool Cabbage slightly and remove about 14-16 cabbage leaves.

Combining the meat mixture ingredients in a bowl

Step 3 – In a large mixing bowl, stir together the ground beef, onion, rice, minced garlic, egg, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.  

Mixing the sauce in a bowl with a wooden spoon

Step 4 – In a separate large bowl whisk together the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar.  

Placing the cabbage leaves and topping with sauce in the slow cooker

Step 5 – Cover the bottom of the crock pot with any excess cabbage leaves.  Then pour ⅓ of the sauce into the crock pot on top of the cabbage leaves. 

Preparing the cabbage rolls by rolling in the meat mixture

Step 6 – Then it’s time to prepare the rolls.  Place approximately 3 tablespoons of the ground meat mixture into the center of each cabbage leaf.  

Layering the cabbage rolls in a slow cooker

Step 7 – Fold up the sides of each cabbage leaf and roll the leaves to form a small burrito and place the cabbage rolls seam side down into the crock pot.  Continue this process until you have 1 layer of cabbage rolls in the crock pot.  Top with another ⅓ of the sauce mixture

Cabbage Rolls on a plate topped with sauce in a slow cooker

Step 8 – Follow the same process to form the remaining cabbage rolls with the remaining leaves and mixture.  Make a 2nd layer of cabbage rolls in the crock pot and top with the remaining sauce.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours until the rolls reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.  Serve and Enjoy!

Recipe Tips:

  • Heat Cabbage – Carefully heat the green cabbage before preparing the stuffed cabbage rolls. Cook for about 10 minutes on each side.
  • Layering Ingredients – Layer the cabbage rolls in the slow cooker to make this crockpot cabbage rolls. Cook on low for about 6 hours or cook on high for about 4 hours.
  • Boil Cabbage Rolls – If you prefer you can cook the cabbage rolls in a large pot of boiling water. Bring the large pot or water to boil and then place the cabbage rolls in the pot.
Cabbage Rolls on a plate topped with sauce

Serving Suggestions:

The cabbage rolls can be served with many different side dishes. We like to serve with white rice, brown rice and a side of roasted vegetables. Add a side of Homemade Rolls to give every last drop of the sauce.

Cabbage Rolls on a plate topped with sauce

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

How to Reheat Leftovers:

When you are ready to serve slow cooker stuffed cabbage rolls, reheat in the microwave for about 30 seconds until reheated through.

More Easy Cabbage Recipes:

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Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls

5 from 4 votes
Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls are packed with a delicious meat mixture and cooked to perfection. This will soon be a family favorite meal idea.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Calories 244

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Remove the outer tough leaves from the cabbage.  Place the cabbage (core side down) in a large microwave safe dish and pour approximately ½ cup of water around the cabbage.
  • Microwave for 10 minutes.  Carefully flip the cabbage over in the dish and microwave for another 10 minutes.
  • Let the cabbage cool slightly (so you can handle) and carefully remove the leaves from the cabbage.  You will need 14-16 cabbage leaves.  Set them aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the ground beef, onion, rice, minced garlic, egg, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • In a separate dish whisk together the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar.
  • Cover the bottom of the crock pot with any excess cabbage leaves.  Then pour ⅓ of the sauce into the crock pot on top of the cabbage leaves.
  • Then it’s time to prepare the rolls.  Place approximately 3 tablespoons of the ground beef mixture into the center of each cabbage leaf.
  • Fold up the sides of each cabbage leaf and roll the leaves to form a small burrito and place it seam side down into the crock pot.  Continue this process until you have 1 layer of cabbage rolls in the crock pot.
  • Top with another ⅓ of the sauce mixture.
  • Follow the same process to form the remaining cabbage rolls with the remaining leaves and mixture.  Make a 2nd layer of cabbage rolls in the crock pot and top with the remaining sauce.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours until the rolls reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Then the cabbage rolls are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 244kcal, Carbohydrates 22g, Protein 13g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 61mg, Sodium 557mg, Potassium 562mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 11g, Vitamin A 317IU, Vitamin C 11mg, Calcium 72mg, Iron 3mg

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