Hungarian-Style Cabbage Roll in a Bowl

Cabbage rolls can be a lot of work, but now you can get all of the flavour of an authentic Hungarian meal without all the fuss!

Being half-Hungarian myself, this recipe brings back a lot of memories from my younger years, particular of my grandmother’s (nagymama) cooking. The added sauerkraut and paprika make the dish a genuine and foreign favourite! Get ready to dig into this hearty Hungarian comfort food. Mmm…





*shown without rice.


  • 1 Tbs avocado oil
  • 2 lb ground chicken ( or ground meat of choice)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt & black pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce (if on whole30, make sure to read ingredients for a compliant brand)
  • 1 – 2 Tbs Hungarian paprika
  • 1 cup chicken stock (can sub for water)
  • 2 cup cooked rice (exclude if following a Paleo/Whole30 diet)
  • 1 medium head cabbage, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup wine sauerkraut – fully rinse underwater to tame the flavour!

Directions (Instant Pot):

  • Press the saute button on the Instant Pot
  • Heat oil and then add the gound meat, salt & pepper
  • Brown meat, about 5 minutes
  • Add the onion, garlic, paprika and mix well
  • Add the tomato sauce and chicken broth
  • Cover and cook high pressure 15 minutes.
  • Quick release, add the rice (if desired), cabbage and sauerkraut and cook 5 minutes high pressure.
  • Quick release and Enjoy!!

*add a dollop of sour cream for real authentic flavor!

Stove Top Directions:

  • Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat oil
  • Add the ground meat, salt & pepper
  • Brown meat, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion, garlic and paprika stir.
  • Add the tomato sauce and chicken broth
  • Cover and cook medium-low 25 minutes.
  • Add the cooked rice, cabbage and sauerkraut, cook approx. 15 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender.
  • Enjoy!

*add a dollop of sour cream for real authentic flavor!





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