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Thirty Minute Meal Recipe
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Thirty Minute Meal

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"This meal is fast and inexpensive, yet it's very filling. It combines ground beef with cabbage in a tomato base. I like to serve it with corn and bread."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a large pot over medium high heat, combine ground beef and onion. Saute for 10 minutes, until beef is browned and onion is tender.
  2. Add the cabbage, soup, water and salt and pepper to taste. Mix together well and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until cabbage is at desired tenderness.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 15, 2008

This is really really good. I skip the water, just spread the canned soup over the top. So inexpensive and simple to fix. So much flavor too. My mom use to make this when I was growing up. We called it cabbage casserole. I still make it. I bake mine in the oven. After browning the meat and cooking the onion, mix in chopped cabbage, dump into large casserole dish and cover with undiluted soup, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 for about 30 min. Yumm-O! Tastes like cabbage rolls without all the fuss. Great with a crusty french bread and green salad.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 15, 2008

I would agree that this is very fast, easy and inexpensive. I would also agree with other reviewers that this recipe is rather bland. I added garlic when the beef was cooking and I added additional salt at the table to give it more flavor. I also thought it was too soupy. I would recommend less water. I doubt that I will make this again or if I do, I would probably add rice to try to thicken it up a bit.

Jan 27, 2006

Super, super simple! I used ground turkey instead of beef to make it lowfat, and pre-shredded cabbage to save even more time. Loved it! Thanks for the recipe!

Nov 22, 2005

nice hearty meal for a very cold night. I made a few changes tho, as others suggested. I added chili powder and garlic (will use something spicier next time tho) and instead of tomato soup, I used stewed tomatoes and omitted the water. I simmered it uncovered for the 20 minutes to help evaporate some of the juices. I will make again....especially on these cold Canadian winter nights

Feb 16, 2005

This dish was good especially considering how quick, easy, healthy, and inexpensive it is. I'm embarrassed to say it but my husband and I finished the whole pot in one night - yikes! But it's so healthy. I did add some garlic while I browned the beef and then drained and rinsed the beef with hot tap water after it was done to get rid of the excess fat. (I do this all the time and you can't tell the difference). I added a few shakes of hot chili powder, and also a few squirts of ketchup for some added flavor and a touch of "sweetness." I did not use what I felt was a whole medium sized head of cabbage. I used about one-half and thought it was plenty. Will definitely make again - probably at least once a week! For those that won't use tomato soup becuse they don't like it. Try it! My husband doesn't like it as soup either but likes it in recipes.

Jun 25, 2003

Good and easy meal. Thanks to other reviewers, I too added a couple dashes of chili powder, apprx 1/2 TBLS brown sugar and a few squirts of ketchup, which definately added taste that I think it would have otherwise lacked. I used apprx 1 cup leftover rice (stirred right into the cabbage mix) and also, used the pre-shredded coleslaw cabbage, which saves on chopping time. Overall, tasty and easy meal, which I will make again when all the time I have is 30 minutes!! Thanks Tina!

Jan 06, 2011

This was weak on the flavor and too watery (i even used less than recommended). We ate it again the next day and it was surprisingly better, like potato salad. Next time I'll make it a day ahead and try eating it on a roll like sloppy joes!

Jan 31, 2011

All you "Weight Watchers" out there! This recipe's a real keeper. I used 1 1/2 # of 85% ground beef instead of 1# and 1 can of tomato soup. I used about 1/2 cup water and added garlic and onion powder. Lots of room to get creative with seasonings. The whole recipe was about 36 points, delicious, fast and easy. My husband loved it, too.


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  • Calories
  • 314 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 64 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 21 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 4.3 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 15.5 g
  • 31%
  • Sodium
  • 361 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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