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German Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls with Apple and Cardamom |

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe for Quick Meals

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This German Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls recipe is a savory and delicious casserole, filled with the cabbage roll flavors you love. With perhaps a couple of new additions. But simply prepared, perfect for busy nights.


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1 tablespoon olive oil
small head of cabbage, chopped
1 lb ground turkey or beef
large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
salt and pepper to taste
15 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
10 ounce can condensed tomato soup or *soup substitute (see notes)
1 apple, peeled and chopped
2 cups cooked rice
1 cup shredded mozzarella (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 2-quart casserole or 9 by 13 inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Chop cabbage. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped cabbage; stir-fry until limp. Add the cooked cabbage to the casserole dish.

Brown the ground meat in the same skillet. Add onion, garlic, oregano, cardamom, salt and pepper to taste, tomatoes and tomato soup or substitute to the skillet. Bring to a boil; simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel and chop the apple; layer over the top of the chopped cabbage in the casserole dish.

Layer the cooked beef and rice mixture over the cabbage and apple. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Add shredded mozzarella (if using) and bake another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the casserole is bubbling.


Condensed Tomato Soup Substitute:

1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Bake


  • Calories: 320 calories

Keywords: unstuffed, casserole, unstuffed cabbage casserole, cabbage rolls, unstuffed cabbage rolls, cabbage