Quick n Easy Stuffed Cabbage Recipe

 Quick n Easy Stuffed Cabbage Recipe

Though traditional stuffed cabbage recipes are made with meat, here Savoy cabbage leaves are stuffed with a combination of rice, mushrooms, onions, garlic and herbs for a healthy vegetarian stuffed cabbage recipe. The stuffed cabbage leaves gently bake in a simple tomato sauce. This easy stuffed cabbage recipe can be made ahead of time and baked just before serving.

Cook Time: 1 hr 15 mins

Additional Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 2 hrs

Servings: 4

Yield: 4 servings

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1 cup water

½ cup short-grain brown rice

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided

1 large Savoy cabbage (2-3 pounds)

1 pound baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon dried rubbed sage

½ teaspoon crumbled dried rosemary

1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided

½ cup red wine

¼ cup dried currants

1/3 cup toasted pine nuts (see Tips), chopped

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 small onion, chopped

garlic, minced

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 28-ounce can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes (see Tips)

½ cup red wine




To prepare cabbage & filling: Combine water, rice and 1 teaspoon oil in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain the barest simmer, cover and cook until the water is absorbed and the rice is just tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.


⭐Meanwhile, half fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Line a baking sheet with a clean kitchen towel and place near the stove.


⭐Using a small, sharp knife, remove the core from the bottom of the cabbage. Add the cabbage to the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. As the leaves soften, use tongs to gently remove 8 large outer leaves. Transfer the leaves to the baking sheet and pat with more towels to thoroughly dry. Set aside.


⭐Drain the remaining cabbage in a colander for a few minutes. Finely chop enough to get about 3 cups. (Save any remaining cabbage for another use.)


⭐Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, garlic, sage, rosemary and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until the mushrooms have released their juices and the pan is fairly dry, 8 to 10 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring, until evaporated, about 3 minutes more. Add the mixture to the cooked rice along with currants and pine nuts.


⭐Heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in the skillet over medium-high. Add the chopped cabbage, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring, until the cabbage is wilted and just beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add to the rice mixture.


⭐To prepare sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, 2 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and wine; bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.


⭐Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.


To stuff cabbage: Place a reserved cabbage leaf on your work surface; cut out the thick stem in the center, keeping the leaf intact. Place about 3/4 cup filling in the center. Fold both sides over the filling and roll up. Repeat with the remaining 7 leaves and filling.


⭐Spread 1 cup of the tomato sauce in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Place the stuffed cabbage rolls, seam side down, on the sauce. Pour the remaining sauce over the rolls and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.


⭐Bake, uncovered, basting twice with the sauce, until hot, about 45 minutes.


Make Ahead Tip

Prepare through Step 10, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking.


For the Best Flavor

Toast nuts and seeds before using in a recipe. To toast small nuts, chopped nuts & seeds, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.


Sodium Variation

Sodium amounts vary widely among brands of plum and crushed. And although it can be hard to find any labeled “no-salt-added,” for the best tomato flavor we use brands that have little or no added sodium. Compare nutrition labels and choose one that has 190 mg sodium or less per 1/2-cup serving.

Nutritional Info:

Serving Size 2 rolls

calories544 total fat 24g saturated fat 3g sodium 499mg total carbohydrate 61g dietary fiber 12g total sugars 22g protein 14g vitamin c 71mg calcium 132mg iron 7mg potassium 1833mg

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