How to cook cabbage rolls without rice: an interesting alternative

Tetiana KoziukFood
Recipe for cabbage rolls with bulgur. Source: klopotenko.com

Homemade cabbage rolls are a delicious, hearty, and easy-to-prepare dish based on rice, minced meat, cabbage, and flavorful sauce. It's worth noting that they can be made from different types of cabbage - white or Chinese cabbage, as well as in different ways - in the oven or a slow cooker.

On her Instagram page, food blogger Tatiana with the nickname 5lewis55_favorite_food shared a recipe for cabbage rolls with bulgur and minced meat in tomato sauce, which are very satisfying.

Recipe for cabbage rolls with bulgur



  • minced pork and beef
  • onion
  • carrot
  • garlic
  • bulgur
  • salt, pepper, vegetable seasoning
  • dry broth (optional)
  • cabbage



  • tomato paste
  • water\broth
  • salt, pepper, sugar, vegetable seasoning
  • leeks
  • garlic

How to cook:

1. To prepare the filling, chop the onion, and grate the carrots. Fry the vegetables until soft and golden.

How to cook delicious cabbage rolls without rice

2. Boil bulgur in advance. When ready, mix it with minced meat, roast and garlic, passed through a press. Add salt, pepper, vegetable seasoning, and dry broth if desired. Mix well.

3. Boil the cabbage leaves, cool slightly, and cut into pieces.

Cabbage for stuffed cabbage rolls

4. Form the cabbage rolls and put them in a frying pan or cauldron.

5. To prepare the sauce, dilute the tomato paste with water or broth, add salt, pepper, sugar and seasoning.

6. Chop the leeks and garlic. Fry the vegetables until soft and add the tomato pieces. Cook for a few minutes.

Stuffed cabbage rolls in tomato sauce

7. Pour the prepared sauce over the cabbage rolls, cover, and simmer over low heat until tender.

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