Slow Cooker Lower Carb Cabbage Roll Stew

4.56 from 9 votes

Make this delicious way to eat cabbage. You'll love it!

Looking for lower carb recipes? Look no further! We’ve found this tasty alternative to high-carb stews by Kristine Fretwell, host of Busy, But Healthy. Here’s what Kristine has to say about her fabulous Lower Carb Cabbage Roll Stew:

Hey everyone at Skinny Ms.! I’m super excited to share one of my favorite slow cooker recipes with you! It’s my recipe for slow cooker lower carb cabbage stew.

Growing up, cabbage rolls were a regular staple in our house. With my grandma being part Ukrainian, she made them quite often, and we certainly didn’t object! She was an expert at making them. Tightly wrapped to perfection, all uniform in size and drizzled with a delicious tomato sauce.

Fast forward to me as an adult…I’ve made cabbage rolls numerous times, but I don’t have the patience (or skill) to make them like my grandma did. Let’s face it, being a busy working mom, I rarely have the time! That’s why slow cooker methods are so amazing! It has all the flavor, but without all the fuss! I also lowered the carb content by not using brown rice. By using lower sodium stock and tomatoes, it also lessens the salt too! I find it just as satisfying without the rice, but if you’d like to add it, by all means, go for it!

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4.56 from 9 votes

Slow Cooker Lower Carb Cabbage Roll Stew

A unique take on a traditional dish, this cabbage roll stew takes less time to prepare and is low-carb!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine European


  • 1 pound ground beef extra lean, could also use ground bison or moose
  • 1 yellow onion medium, chopped
  • 15 ounces canned stewed tomatoes
  • 15 ounces canned tomato sauce low sodium or no salt added
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth or beef broth, low sodium
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper crushed
  • 1/2 head of cabbage chopped


  • In a medium pot, brown beef & onions. Place everything in slow cooker (except meat mixture and cabbage) and mix well. Add beef mixture, then cabbage. Cook on LOW for 5-6 hours.


Sodium: If you use "no salt" added items for tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes & chicken/beef broth, it's 143mg sodium per serving.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 463mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 324IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
Keywords Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Slow Cooker

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  1. New to using the slow cooker and I have a couple questions. Would diced tomatoes work instead of stewed and would they need to be drained? Is everything stirred together once the meat and cabbage are added or are they left to cook in layers? Looking forward to making this and appreciate any help. Thanks!

    1. Tina – Yes, you can switch the tomatoes and use them according to instructions. You can stir or not, but minimize the amount of time the lid is off any way you can.

    1. Love the recipe… but is it possible that the calories are not matching the quantity, I mean 1/3cup = 242 calories! If so it’s not light at all!! ??

    1. Emily, Sure! I would recommend cooking the meat as instructed, then adding the ingredients to a large pot, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer or low-boil. Cooking approximately 1 hour or until desired consistency. 🙂

    1. Yes, you can add both to this recipe. A 1/4 cup of each should be plenty. Keep in mind this will change the nutritional information.

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