Oma's One-Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Casserole

Love German cabbage rolls? You'll absolutely love Oma's one-pot unstuffed cabbage roll casserole. Same great taste, but a LOT less work. No rice or tomatoes here. Just real German goodness. REAL GERMAN FOOD!

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes


Makes 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 small green cabbage, shredded
  • 2 - 3 cups beef broth, divided
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • about 4 tablespoons Veloutine or 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook until no pink is visible.
  2. Add onions and continue frying until onions are slightly browned and translucent.
  3. Remove beef and onions to a bowl. Add part of the cabbage to the saucepan and fry for a few minutes to soften and brown. Add a bit more oil if needed. Add remainder of the cabbage, stir and continue frying for a few minutes.
  4. Return beef and onions to the cabbage. Stir in 2 cups of broth, salt and pepper.  Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  5. Depending how much sauce you'd like, either add another cup of broth or water. Add Veloutine to thicken sauce. (Or mix cornstarch with a bit of cold water and stir in enough to thicken.)
  6. Season with salt and pepper and serve.


  • Add whichever spices you like, such as caraway.
  • Adding a tablespoon or so of vinegar is a nice touch. It reminds me of this braised cabbage I grew up with.
  • Serve this with boiled potatoes on the side.

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