Quick Cabbage Rolls and Sauerkraut (Trader Joe’s)

Quick  cabbage rolls and sauerkraut are perfect for the busy  cook who wants the usual time-consuming supper on  the  table in about thirty minutes.
Quick Cabbage Rolls and Sauerkraut

Quick Cabbage Rolls and Sauerkraut

By Sue Lau | Palatable  Pastime

Quick Cabbage Rolls and Sauerkraut is my recipe  of the day, which utilizes frozen cabbage rolls from Trader Joe’s, which while convenient  and  easy to  make, lack any  sort of sauce or finishing touches.

Quick Cabbage Rolls and Sauerkraut

Convenient  Food Buy (with a catch!)

I bought them when  I was shopping in  a  hurry and  when I  got home, realized  there wasn’t any type of sauce on  them. So adding a few pantry ingredients, I have transformed them  into  being  more like the  cabbage  rolls I do in my slow cooker.

I do  like sauerkraut with them  to  brighten the flavor, and  always some sort of  tomato based sauce.

Served alongside something like mashed potatoes and gravy or  buttered egg noodles, and adding a side such as peas or  green beans,  the whole homestyle dinner is  there.

Cruciferous Veggie

I have read some reviews that claim these cabbage rolls smell really  bad by themselves.  Well,  honestly, they are a cruciferous veggie, so they are going  to  smell  like cabbage cooking. But beyond that, as to flavor, just right  out of the package they do need something, as there really isn’t much sauce.  And  no one I know would eat cabbage rolls like that.

But plopping  the frozen rolls right onto the sauerkraut as it simmers  is  a brilliant idea, at least for  me. Dinner will have the aroma of kraut, but for some  of us  that  is a comforting  thing that reminds of home,  cool autumn days and wholesome stick to your ribs cooking.

Kraut Lovers Gather Near!

So if  you’re still with me knowing that kraut  is in the dish  (some people just hate cabbage),  you’ll still be here for the cabbage rolls. And for those who  buy these and  realize there  isn’t much sauce inside,  won’t have to  worry,  and  you might even want to do this  on  purpose. Considering making  cabbage rolls from scratch is a pain,  if not a delicious pain.

Just grab a jar of kraut and can of tomatoes when you buy the cabbage rolls. And if  you are really   in  a hurry,  you could grab a bag of those refrigerated mashed potatoes to just heat and serve,  saving even more time. They aren’t   top of the line,  but they are okay and good for a pinch.

Quick Cabbage Rolls and Sauerkraut

Quick Cabbage Rolls and Sauerkraut

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Quick Cabbage Rolls and Sauerkraut

Quick Cabbage Rolls and Sauerkraut

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 15 ounces canned diced tomatoes (with juice)
  • 24 ounce jar (German-style) sauerkraut
  • 11 ounces canned tomato juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 (12 ounces each) packages frozen Trader Joe's Beef Cabbage Rolls


  • Saute the onion and garlic in the oil to soften.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients except cabbage rolls and bring to a boil.
  • Place frozen cabbage rolls right on top.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for thirty minutes.


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