Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
This slow cooker recipe, for turkey and cabbage rolls, is simple and yummy. We’ve replaced the traditional beef in cabbage rolls with lean ground turkey, cutting down on fat and calories without sacrificing protein and flavor!

Serve cabbage rolls with mashed potatoes, garlic mashed cauliflower, orย  brown rice. Ladle the tomato sauce over the top of the potatoes or the rice.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 2 cabbage rolls | Calories: 218 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 93 mg | Sodium: 201 mg | Carbohydrates: 23 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 12 g | Protein: 17 g | SmartPoints: 7 |

Ingredients

    For the rolls:
  • 12 leaves cabbage
  • 1 cup cooked long grain rice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped white or yellow onion
  • 1 clove finely chopped garlic
  • 1 pound raw, lean ground turkey
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

Directions

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Boil cabbage leaves for 2 minutes. Whisk together tomato sauce, honey, spices, lemon juice, ketchup, the salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.

In a separate bowl, combine the cooked rice, egg, milk, onion, garlic, and ground turkey. Add in 1/4 of the sauce and combine well.

Scoop about 1/4 cup of the gound turkey mix into the center of each cabbage roll. Roll up the leaves, tucking in the ends. Top with tomato sauce and cover.

Cook on low for 8 to 9 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.

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39 Comments on "Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls"

  1. carrie  February 16, 2014

    I am going to make these but instead of rice I am going to try quinoa. It will bump up the protein and lower the fat.

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    • angie  September 14, 2014

      Did you try this? How'd it work?

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      • SkinnyMs  September 15, 2014

        Angie, We've gotten several positive reader responses on this recipe. One reader suggested adding a touch of clove powder to the mix. One reader thought it bland and I suggested adding more honey for those that like it sweet, salt to bring the flavors forward, or other seasonings.

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        • Ginger  January 13, 2016

          I have a similar recipe that uses grape jelly and chili sauce for the sauce. Very tasty.

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          • SkinnyMs.  January 14, 2016

            Made with sugar-free varieties, we imagine that would be delicious. Thanks for sharing!

    • amanda  October 16, 2014

      there is no fat in rice….

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  2. shawnd  February 25, 2014

    is the meat suppose to be precooked?

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    • SkinnyMs  February 27, 2014

      The meat goes in uncooked and will cook in the slow cooker. You can brown it ahead of time if desired, but I didn't:)

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  3. Cheryl  March 19, 2014

    6quart slow cooker???

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  4. poshlaw  June 28, 2014

    the sauce has salt listed twice?

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    • SkinnyMs  June 30, 2014

      Poshlaw, Only add the salt once. Thanks for noticing that.

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  5. Pamela  August 1, 2014

    If using mince, how much? Thank you.

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    • SkinnyMs  August 4, 2014

      Pamela, About 1 pound mince, same as the ground turkey.

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  6. robin  August 6, 2014

    can I put this together the night before

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    • SkinnyMs  August 7, 2014

      Robin, yes you can put this together the night before in the crockpot insert and keep in the fridge and then put in the crockpot to cook all day.

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  7. Marc  August 10, 2014

    In the process of cooking right now, excited to try. I used brown rice instead of white.

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  8. Michael Wondoloski  August 16, 2014

    Secret Ingredient !!!!! for an extra added flavor bonus toss in about 5 whole cloves ! (Discard upon serving)

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    • SkinnyMs  August 18, 2014

      Michael, I could see how cloves would be a nice addition. Thanks for sharing the tip;).

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  9. Helene  August 31, 2014

    Can these be frozen

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    • SkinnyMs  September 2, 2014

      Helene, Yes, this can be frozen and reheated.

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  10. linda  September 1, 2014

    VERY disappointed after spending the time to buy the perfect ingredients. tasteless. so glad my friends didn't accept my offer for stuffed cabbage for dinner tonight.

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    • SkinnyMs  September 2, 2014

      Linda, Did you add salt to taste? Salt really brings the flavors forward in a recipe. Some have recommended a pinch of clove powder. Another idea if not adding clove powder is to add a pinch of cayenne pepper for some spice. Also if you like a sweeter dish add more honey. Feel free to adjust seasonings and modify to your liking.

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  11. lj M  September 17, 2014

    use ground Pork or seasoned breakfast sausage [the "other" white meat. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    ground Elk or Deer. real shredded corned beef would be good too.

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  12. Monica  September 28, 2014

    Did I miss something? We definitely did not have any liquidy sauce after the 8 hours (and I added an additional 6oz can, too). Otherwise quite yummy.

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    • SkinnyMs  September 29, 2014

      Monica, It may depend on the slow cooker used. Definitely check and add more liquid if necessary. If readers can only check towards the end of cook time, and it looks dry then, tomato sauce or 1/2 cup of water or other liquid can be stirred in then.

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  13. Sam  January 24, 2015

    New to the world of cooking som i'm just wondering: do I cook the turkey before I add it to the mix?

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    • SkinnyMs  January 26, 2015

      Sam, You can add the turkey raw. If you wanted to brown it a bit first you could, but it’s really not necessary and might make it drier.

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  14. Brenda  April 18, 2015

    Made 8 larger rolls. Used beef mince. Cooked for 4½ hours. Filling was fairly bland; sauce had plenty of flavour. When I made the filling, I also added a teaspoon of beef stock powder for added flavour, but think it needs a little more flavour. I found the cloves quite overpowering in the sauce. Next time would probably halve the honey and lemon juice and only add 2 cloves instead of 5. Will make again with a few changes. Thanks for the recipe!

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  15. Carole  January 5, 2016

    I made them with 97% lean ground beef and followed the directions. They were very bland. They need something more than salt, for sure. Maybe a pinch of cayenne and idk what else.

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    • Melissa Florero  January 6, 2016

      Carole, Yes, you can feel free to add more salt to the recipe and any hotter spices to suit your tastes.

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  16. Kate  January 23, 2016

    Great Blizzard day meal cooking all day. My family loved it !!

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    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2016

      Kate, You’re right, perfect this snowy weather. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. ASA  January 29, 2016

    I used a small can of spicy V-8 in the sauce and added garlic salt and rosemary to the filling. No cloves for me

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  18. Jacquie  March 15, 2016

    I made this last night with a few changes: Cauliflower “rice”, jarred no sugar added tomato sauce, 1 can diced tomatoes with basil/oregano, added salt, pepper, Italian seasonings to the meat mixture. It was a HUGE hit!! Thanks the base recipe!

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    • SkinnyMs.  March 16, 2016

      Thanks for sharing, Jacquie! We’re glad you enjoyed it!

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    • Colleen  April 5, 2016

      I was just scrolling through wondering if cauli rice would be good in this – thanks for posting!

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      • Kym Votruba  April 6, 2016

        Cauliflower rice would probably be excellent in this. If you give it a try, we’d love to hear what you think.

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  19. Allison  November 3, 2016

    These are delicious. Even my very picky and skeptical husband liked them. I put rosemary and Italian seasoning in the meat mixture. We didn’t find them bland at all. I love the sauce!!

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    • Kym Votruba  November 4, 2016

      That’s wonderful, Allison! We’re so happy your family like them.

      Reply

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