Easy Amish Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Ring the Dinner Bell by 30Seconds Food

Easy Amish Cabbage Rolls Recipe: Ring the Dinner Bell

Most of us know that Amish recipes are generally comforting and delicious. These Amish cabbage rolls are no exception. Unlike most cabbage roll recipes, this one from the Pennsylvania Dutch country includes a step of browning the rolls in oil before simmering. Genius! Maybe that's why we all love Amish recipes so much. 

To make these gluten-free Amish cabbage rolls, you'll need green cabbage leaves, ground beef, cooked rice, onion, an egg, tomato sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice (fresh is best). After softening the cabbage leaves in boiling water, the filling is mixed up and rolled in the cabbage leaves. Then the stuffed cabbage rolls are browned in a little oil before the tomato-based sauce is poured over and they are baked in the oven. So easy! 

These Amish cabbage rolls are sure to please and become a family favorite. And they're easy on the wallet. Serve this budget-friendly ground beef recipe with a fresh garden salad with Amish lettuce dressing.  

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 12 large green cabbage leaves
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

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Recipe Notes

  • Fresh is best when it comes to lemon juice. In a pinch, you could use bottled lemon juice.
  • Love garlic? Add some garlic to the tomato sauce.
  • Try this recipe with ground chicken or ground turkey.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Soak the cabbage leaves in boiling water until limp, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, rice, onion and egg. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. 
  3. Divide the mixture between the cabbage leaves. Roll up tightly and secure with toothpicks, if needed. 
  4. Heat the oil in a skillet with a lid. Add the cabbages rolls and lightly brown on both sides, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Combine the tomato sauce, water, sugar and lemon juice. Pour the mixture over the cabbage rolls. Cover and simmer gently for about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 271

Total Fat: 8.3g

Saturated Fat: 1.6g

Cholesterol: 84mg

Sodium: 236mg

Total Carbohydrate: 37.3g

Dietary Fiber: 2.8g

Total Sugars: 20.9g

Protein: 12.5g

Vitamin D: 6mcg

Calcium: 63mg

Iron: 7mg

Potassium: 432mg

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Elisa Schmitz
My Old World grandmother used to make these. Sooooo delicious. Making this recipe for my family, they will freak!
Looks amazing! 🙌🏼
What a gastronomical delight...

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