Savoy Cabbage Stuffed With Ground Beef And Vegetables In A Tomato Sauce

In this underappreciated cabbage world, savoy cabbage is the one that never seems to get the love it deserves, but it's both delicious and nutritious! This recipe will show you just how creative you can get with a head of savoy cabbage. Brace yourself, because we're stuffing it with ground beef, veggies, and herbs, and tying it up with some twine so it looks like a tasty little pumpkin when you serve it!

You'll Need:

  • 1 small head of savoy cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 10 oz ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 qts broth (beef or chicken)


  • cooking twine
  • 7-inch glass bowl
  • 5-quart stock pot
  • tomato sauce to garnish

Here's How:

1. Remove the stalk from the savoy cabbage and take off the outer leaves.

2. Boil the outer leaves in salted water for 2-3 minutes and then plunge them in ice water.

3. Dab the leaves with a paper towel. Line a bowl with plastic wrap and place a layer of savoy cabbage leaves in it.

4. Cut the savoy cabbage innards, carrot, bell peppers, onion, and garlic into small pieces and saute everything in a skillet with some olive oil. Season with fennel seed, salt, and pepper. Transfer the medley to a bowl and let cool.

5. Add the ground beef, eggs, shredded mozzarella, parsley, salt, and pepper to the bowl and combine well. Now transfer about ⅓ of the mixture to the bowl with the plastic wrap and cabbage leaves.

6. Now alternate layers of savoy cabbage and the ground beef mixture in the bowl, with the last layer being savoy cabbage. Close the plastic wrap around the stuffed cabbage so that it's in the shape of a ball and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

7. Preheat the oven to 350°F and lay out the cooking twine like a spider web, as shown in the video. Remove the plastic wrap from the cabbage and place the stuffed head in the middle of the cooking twine. Knot the twine at the top and cut off the excess string.

8. Place the stuffed cabbage in a stock pot and add 2 quarts of warmed broth. Place the lid on the pot, transfer the pot to the oven, and cook for 60 minutes. Let the stuffed cabbage cool, remove the cooking twine, serve with tomato sauce, and dig in!

This recipe is perfect for cabbage lovers and will even convert the non-cabbage lovers out there. Why? Because the combination of ground beef and cabbage is one for the ages and the presentation alone is enough to knock everybody's socks off. No one will be able to resist it!

Get the recipe for the Meatball & Brussels Sprout Bake featured in the bonus video.


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