Meatballs with Cabbage

Meatballs with cabbage is a perfect dinner idea for lovers of Polish "gołąbki" (stuffed cabbage leaves). It is a great meal on a budget for the whole family. It is simple to make and anyone can do it!

preparation: 20 minutes

making: 1 hour(s) 00 minutes

total: 1 hour(s) 20 minutes

servings: 6 portions

nutrition: 385 calories per serving

cuisine: Polish


For meatballs

  • 750g beef pork minced meat
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 1 tsp of ground paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 20g breadcrumbs
  • 1 white onion
  • 20g of fresh parsley
  • Oil for greasing

For cabbage

  • 1 British sweetheart Cabbage, 500g
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 garlic gloves
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 600ml of water
  • salt, for taste
  • black pepper, for taste
  • 1 veg stock cube
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes, 400g
  • 20g of fresh parsley


All the ingredients on the tabletop ready to make meatballs

Chop parsley for meatballs and cabbage and put half into a large bowl. Leave the other half for later.

Grate onion and add into the bowl together with meat, seasonings (salt, pepper and paprika), egg and breadcrumbs.

All the ingredients in a bowl ready to make a mix for meatballs

Massage (slowly squeeze and mix) with your hand until the mixture is soft and all ingredients are well combined.

Meatballs balls on a chopping board before frying

Once you get the mixture done take a spoon portion and start forming balls.

Heat the oil in a skillet and fry the meatballs for a while until all nicely browned.

Nicely fryed meatballs on a plate

Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Chopped British sweetheart Cabbage on a chopping board

Halve and core the cabbage, then chop it into small pieces.

Peel and chop the onion and crush the garlic and put it all together in a pan.

Add butter and 100ml of water.

Chopped British sweetheart Cabbage in a pan

Bring to a boil stirring constantly, then lower the heat and cover with a lid. Simmer for 10 minutes until the cabbage gets tender, stirring occasionally.

Season with salt and pepper.

Add the crumbled veg stock cube and chopped tomatoes. Bring it to a boil.

After a few minutes pour the remaining water, cover with a lid and continue to cook.

Cabbage and meatballs cooking in a pan

After a while put meatballs in the cabbage.

Cover and simmer over medium-high heat for about 25 minutes. Couple minutes before the end add chopped fresh parsley.

Serve hot!

Meatballs with Cabbage served on a plate

This meal doesn’t need any side but it’s delicious with baked new potatoes!