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Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet

This easy Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet has all the flavor and everything you love about traditional stuffed cabbage rolls but without all the work, and it's ready in under an hour!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 441kcal
Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pounds ground meatloaf mix (beef and pork or beef, pork and veal)
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups beef stock or broth, I use 2 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon Roasted Beef Base mixed with 2 cups of water
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • ½ cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 7 cups roughly chopped cabbage, ½-inch to 1-inch pieces (about 1½ pounds of cabbage)
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet (one that has a tight-fitting lid) over medium-high heat. Note: I use an 11-inch skillet that's 2½ inches deep, and everything fits perfectly. If you don't have one, a large pot or Dutch oven with a lid will work too.
  • Add the meatloaf mix and onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the meat is no longer pink and the onions have begun to soften, about 4 minutes. Drain excess grease, if needed.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute.
  • Add the beef broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, rice, and Worcestershire sauce; stir to combine.
  • Add the cabbage and stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat, and simmer until the rice is cooked and the cabbage is tender, about 25 minutes.
  • Give it a stir, then taste and adjust seasoning, if needed.

Recipe Notes

  • You could use all ground beef instead of meatloaf mix if you prefer.
  • I use and recommend the roasted beef base with water for the stock/broth because I think it gives this dish the best flavor, but you can use your favorite beef stock or broth. 
  • I love serving this dish with a side of mashed potatoes topped with butter. Yum!
  • Leftovers reheat very well. In fact, this is one of those dishes that tastes even better the next day! The rice may have soaked up some more of the liquid, so add a little broth when reheating if needed. 
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