I make a mean cabbage roll from scratch and love them. One of my first YouTube videos shared the recipe and method for how to prepare them. I don't think many people even make homemade cabbage rolls any more which is a shame - they are not difficult and are so much better than frozen store-bought ones.
An alternative to starting with steamed cabbage leaves and a hand-mixed meat and rice stuffing, is to make a lazier version of cabbage rolls. Last night I tested a recipe for Unstuffed Cabbage. It was very simple to prepare by using chopped cabbage, sauteed meat and onion with instant rice (I used quick cooking brown rice) and regular old canned tomato soup for the sauce. The results were quite good!
The cabbage bed is spread in a greased casserole dish and the cooked meat is mixed with the rice and seasoning. That is evenly spooned over the cabbage and then the soup and water is poured over top. The dish is baked for 50 minutes and then uncovered and sprinkled with shredded cheese and cooked for another 10 minutes to a golden, melty finish. I used a food processor to chop the cabbage and I would recommend doing this step by hand instead. My cabbage ended up too small I think and I would have preferred a chunkier cabbage layer. It was still delicious and so simple to make. I will totally make this again. The recipe says it makes 4 servings but you could easily feed 6 people the main course and add a salad or vegetable for a side.
You can get the recipe for the Unstuffed Cabbage HERE from Taste of Home if you want the quick and easy version of homemade cabbage rolls or watch my video below to learn how to make them totally from scratch. They are almost as simple and fast to prepare the old fashioned way so maybe try them on a weekend and see for yourself how tasty they are!