Cabbage Rolls with Ground Beef, Bacon, and Cheese

cabbage rolls in a tomato sauce
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  • 75 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings
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These cabbage rolls are made without rice. Ground beef, cheese, and bread crumbs make up the filling for the stuffed cabbage rolls. For a low carb diet, omit the bread crumbs and add some lightly steamed cauliflower rice to the meat mixture. The cabbage rolls are topped with strips of bacon and baked to perfection.

The cabbage rolls are baked in tomato juice. 

What You'll Need

  • 12 large cabbage leaves
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup​ minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground​ sage
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 6 strips​ bacon

How to Make It

  1. Cook cabbage leaves in boiling, salted water until tender and flexible, about 5 minutes.
  2. Combine ground beef, onion, sage, cheese, bread crumbs, milk, and salt. Place a large spoonful of meat mixture on each cabbage leaf; roll up, tucking ends inside to seal meat in. Secure with toothpicks.
  3. Place in baking dish and add 1 cup water, broth or tomato juice. Cover the cabbage rolls with the bacon strips and bake at 350 F for 45 to 55 minutes.

    Serves 6.


    Instead of tomato juice, combine a 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes and an 8-ounce can of tomato sauce and pour over the cabbage rolls before baking.

    Replace the bread crumbs and milk with cauliflower "rice"  for a low carb dish.