Stuffed Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls Make Ahead Meal

I have upped my meal plan with the best slow cooker cabbage rolls.

Are you intimidated by cabbage? I admit cabbage scares me a little. What I loved about these is this meal did not have a strong cabbage flavor like you would expect. We could barely taste it. Only near the end of the roll, the thicker part of the cabbage, tasted like cabbage.

I have been looking for a few new go to meals to add to my meal plan for my family.

I will definitely be adding this to our meal plan on a monthly basis.

The Best Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage rolls in slow cooker Meal Idea

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Ingredients for Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls

1 head of cabbage
1 lbs ground meat
1 medium diced onion
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 eggs
1 29oz can tomato sauce
1 cup uncooked rice
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

A slow cooker just like this one

Directions on how cook slow cooker cabbage rolls

Cut approx 1/4 inch off the bottom of the cabbage head and place the whole head in boiling water. Then boil about 2 minutes. Peel off the leaves as they soften. This goes pretty quick.

Place remaining head back in the boiling water and repeat until you have at least 8 large cabbage leaves.

(You can freeze cabbage then thaw and skip the boiling part. We just need the leaves soft enough to roll)

In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, uncooked rice, 1/4 cup tomato sauce, minced garlic, pepper, salt, and diced onion.

Stir in egg and combine well.

Whisk together tomato sauce, paprika and Worcestershire sauce in another bowl.

Place 1/4 cup meat mixture in center of leaf and roll up like a burrito.

Pour enough sauce to cover the bottom of your slow cooker.

Place cabbage rolls seam side down in slow cooker, in two layers so they are touching but not over crowded either.
Mix all sauce ingredients together and pour over rolls.

Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours in your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls Make Ahead Meal Idea

Deliciously easy, this Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll recipe cooks up all day. Make dinner with all of the flavor without any fuss!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cabbage rolls, easy, make ahead meal, meal plan, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Amy

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1 lbs ground meat
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 jar tomato sauce
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Cut approx 1/4 inch off the bottom of the cabbage head and place the whole head in boiling water. Then boil about 2 minutes. Peel off the leaves as they soften. This goes pretty quick.
  2. Place remaining head back in the boiling water and repeat until you have at least 8 large cabbage leaves.
  3. (You can freeze cabbage then thaw and skip the boiling part. We just need the leaves soft enough to roll)
  4. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, uncooked rice, 1/4 cup tomato sauce, garlic powder, pepper, salt, onion.
  5. Stir in egg and combine well.
  6. Whisk together tomato sauce, paprika and Worcestershire sauce in another bowl.
  7. Place 1/4 cup meat mixture in center of leaf and roll up like a burrito.
  8. Pour enough sauce to cover the bottom of your slow cooker.
  9. Place cabbage rolls seam side down in slow cooker, in two layers so they are touching but not over crowded either.
  10. Mix all sauce ingredients together and pour over rolls.
  11. Cook on high for four hours or low for 8 hours.

Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls Meal Idea. Make ahead meal idea.

Cabbage Roll Meal Ideas

These were so good. They remind me of slow cooker Italian meatloaf or a slow cooker meatballs recipe. Are you brave enough to give these a try? These are perfect since you don’t have to precook the meat or the rice. You can throw them together pretty quickly to create a meal to fix and forget. Make these on a Sunday for a make ahead meal idea and freeze them to have them ready to eat. This is a great scaleable meal for one or a large family. This meal is a terrific meal to cook for a lunch idea for the entire week. Are you looking for more lunch ideas? Visit my lunches for one Pinterest board for more inspiration, or try my slow cooker recipes board for easy slow cooker meals.

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Slow cooker stuffed cabbage Rolls Make ahead for an easy lunch idea.

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  1. Half the ingredients on the list do not have measurements in front of them. What sz tomato sauce jar? Garlic powder is not even list as well as the Worcester sauce. What are the measurements?

    • Thank you so much for pointing that out. I must have missed this in my edits. I have added the correct measurements to make this amazing dish.

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  3. Hi Amy.
    Quick question.Do you cook the hamburger meat first or just in the crockpot?My gut is telling me in the crock pot…thanks!