Unstuffed Cabbage Roll with Quinoa

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This recipe is a unique take on the traditional Unstuffed Cabbage Roll due to the addition of quinoa. Quinoa is a grain-like seed that I have been incorporating more into my cooking lately. It is gluten-free, high in protein, and low on the glycemic index. While we are not necessarily a gluten free family, I try to limit the overall amount we eat by making gluten free meals regularly. Other ingredients like bone broth, grass fed beef, tomato paste, and cabbage make this dish the perfect nourishing meal.

Tomato paste adds delicious flavor to this dish. I made homemade tomato paste with our fresh garden tomatoes and used it in this recipe. If you have an abundance of tomatoes, I highly recommend making your own. It is much richer than store bought paste and is a great way to use up any extra tomatoes you may have laying around. There are a few different methods for making tomato paste but this is the one I followed.

4.67 from 3 votes

Unstuffed Cabbage Roll with Quinoa


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken bone broth
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley


  1. Brown hamburger in a large saucepan, deep skillet, or dutch oven. Drain and set aside.

  2. Heat olive oil in the saucepan and saute onions until tender. Add in garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.

  3. Add in chopped cabbage, hamburger, quinoa, tomato paste, bone broth, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.

  4. Bring to a boil. Then turn down the heat to low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is cooked and liquid is absorbed, approximately 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Simple recipes that come together quickly are great to have in your repertoire. Most of the ingredients in this recipe are always on hand in my kitchen. This makes it a great option for nights when I haven’t planned out a meal ahead of time. Which happens more often than I care to admit!

Also, I love that this recipe only requires one pot. Fewer dishes and easier clean up are always a good thing! My deep cast iron skillet works perfectly for this recipe and even has a lid so I can store leftovers in the same pot I cooked in. This skillet is very similar to the one I use.

This recipe makes the perfect comforting meal for the cooler fall days. Enjoy!

Try out these recipes if you are looking for more quick, healthy meal ideas.

Instant Pot Potato, Leek, and Bacon Soup

Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot

Tomato Basil Soup


  • Maia Bonaparte-Garcia
    Posted October 9, 2018 10:15 am 0Likes

    Wow, I never thought to make this dish like this. I am going to try it with veggie crumbles since my hubby is vegetarian.

  • Lacey
    Posted October 9, 2018 11:27 am 0Likes

    This looks amazing, and perfect for these chilly fall evenings. I wonder how adding corn kernels or carrots would contribute to the dish? In any case, I’ll be trying this soon!

  • Rachel
    Posted October 9, 2018 2:09 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    Yummm! I love easy recipes that are ALSO super delicious!! =)

  • Shelby @Fitasamamabear
    Posted October 9, 2018 2:57 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    Omg I am a cabbage roll fanatic! But also lazy haha so unstuffed is perfect for me!

  • chloe@callmecoco.co
    Posted October 10, 2018 7:18 am 0Likes

    I love quinoa and never thought of pairing it with cabbage, thanks for the inspo 🙂

  • Lacy
    Posted October 10, 2018 8:18 am 0Likes

    Yum, This looks amazing! What a creative recipe!

  • mrsg
    Posted October 10, 2018 9:42 am 0Likes

    I love cabbage rolls but they are a lot of work this is a great idea!

  • Erica Katsanis
    Posted October 10, 2018 1:54 pm 0Likes

    4 stars
    I am not a big fan of cabbage, but this recipe looks good and I may have to give it a try

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