Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Discover a unique and flavorful way to enjoy cabbage, taught by a hostess from Spain, where this humble vegetable is transformed into a dish so delicious, it rivals meat! This simple bistro-style recipe brings together the sweetness of caramelized onions, the savoriness of ground meat, and the distinct taste of cabbage, seasoned perfectly with paprika. Perfect for a cozy dinner or as a novel addition to your culinary repertoire, this dish is a testament to the wonders of simple ingredients coming together in perfect harmony.


  • 1 head of cabbage: The star of the dish, providing a hearty and nutritious base.
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of vegetable oil: For sautéing the onions and browning the meat.
  • 2 onions, chopped: Adds a sweet depth of flavor once caramelized.
  • 300 grams (10.5 ounces) of ground meat (beef, pork, or a mixture): Offers richness and protein to the dish.
  • Salt, to taste: For seasoning and enhancing the natural flavors.
  • Paprika, to taste: Introduces a smoky warmth, characteristic of Spanish cuisine.
  • Ground black pepper, to taste: Adds a slight heat and complexity.


  1. Carefully peel the leaves from the head of cabbage. Blanch the leaves in boiling water for 2-3 minutes or until they are soft enough to roll without breaking.
  2. In a pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Sauté the chopped onions until they become translucent.
  3. Add the ground meat to the onions. Cook until the meat is browned. Season with salt, paprika, and black pepper. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  4. Take a cabbage leaf, place an appropriate amount of the meat filling on one end, and roll up, tucking in the sides so the meat is completely enclosed.
  5. Place the cabbage rolls seam side down in a baking dish.
  6. You may want to add a sauce over the top at this point—tomato sauce is commonly used.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 175°C (350°F) for about 45 minutes.


This Spanish-inspired cabbage dish is a delightful surprise for anyone who tries it, proving that simple ingredients can create incredibly satisfying and flavorful meals. Whether you’re seeking a comforting weeknight dinner or a new recipe to impress your guests, this cabbage and meat sauté will not disappoint. Enjoy the harmony of flavors and the joy of discovering that sometimes, vegetables can indeed rival meat in deliciousness.