Cabbage Pizza Rolls

Holy shart, makeup is expensive. I decided to splurge a little for our wedding since I’m doing my own makeup and hair, and daaaaayuuuuum, checkout was tough. I wonder what the mark up is on makeup. It might as well be called markup. HA! I’m funny.

I’m ready to get the hell out of Colorado right now. I need a little bit of a reboot. After the last snow storm that brought the heaviest snow EVER, our backyard is complete mud after being dug up for a new sewer line. And half of our chain link fence is missing from bringing a tractor in the backyard. And we also removed all the bushes that use to be in our backyard, so all the neighbors around us can see in. Which really creeps me out, especially since I work from home every day. Luckily our fence goes up next week just in time for us to leave for Jamaica. Perrrrrfect. I really hope that the Jamaica air just washes all of my adult worries away for a week.

I’m even having really terrible vivid dreams. Last night, one of my close friends died in my dream. I woke up sobbing. I even woke my fiancé up from my sleep crying. Is that a thing? Sleep crying? If it is, it’s f*cked up. After so many things going wrong, I think I have this deep fear of things getting worse and worse when we are out of town. How do I knock that off?! The last thing I want to be worrying about is Colorado when I’m in Jamaica. Knock it off, Juli!!!

Ok, let’s talk about these cabbage rolls, because they bring happiness to the world. Not sobbing. Cabbage rolls is an ugly name. But pizza cabbage burritos sounds worse. But that’s what these adorable little guys are. They’re little burritos, in pizza flavor, that are just the best. For real. Don’t question making these. Just do it. And enjoy a burrito again.


Cabbage Pizza Rolls

  • Yield: 5-6 1x


  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1/2 cauliflower, riced (about 2 cups riced)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 pound spicy italian sausage

For the pizza sauce (from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place a large pot of water over medium heat and cover to bring pot to boil. Peel off 10-12 leaves from the head of cabbage and place in water for about 3-4 minutes, until soft and pliable. Place the blanched cabbage leaves in a colander to drain off excess water and cool to touch.
  3. Grease a 8×8 baking dish. In a large bowl, mix together cauliflower, pepper, onion, garlic, and italian sausage until combine. Scoop about 1/4-1/3 cup of the mixture into each of the cabbage leaves. Fold in two sides, then roll (like a burrito). Place fold side down in a baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the meat and leaves. If you have leftover meat, press it into the crevices between the cabbage rolls.
  4. To make pizza sauce, heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and sauté for about 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat to low and allow to thicken for about 10 minutes.
  5. Once thickened, pour pizza sauce on top of cabbage rolls. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  6. Then eat it up, buttercup!

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27 thoughts on “Cabbage Pizza Rolls”

  1. I LOVE your pizza spaghetti squash recipe (not to mention your cookbook), so I am so pumped about these! Silly Q, but should the meat be cooked before going into the oven, or will it cook just fine when baked. Thank you!

  2. Pizza flavored anything is usually delicious. I feel you on needing to get away. I just need a little break from life. Hopefully putting in your new fence goes well and then you can just forget about everything in Jamaica. Everything is always better with a beach, friends, and drinks…and you are getting married!

  3. Ummm, definitely have sleep cried/sobbed several times. Stress man, it makes you cry in your sleep! Definitely freaked my boyfriend out recently when I woke up with tears streaming down my face.

    1. OMG, thought I was the only person sleep-crying. Freaked my boyfriend out a couple of times too. Good to know sleep crying is a thing and I am not completely weird 😉

  4. This is exactly how I was in the weeks before our wedding. Life stress, vivid nightmares…ALL OF IT. But in the end, it was awesome, I have no regrets, and also — it’s over! When it’s all said and done, regular life (even with house problems) will feel amazing.


    Thinking of you and sending calming vibes!

  5. Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere. Enjoy your wedding because you know FOR SURE that that is going to happen. Don’t let all of the crazy things that will not happen ruin it for you!

    1. THANK YOU for posting the link for that product – just went to Amazon to order it. Had bought a diffuser and lavender oil for my teen and it didn’t work at all for her so I’m going to give this a try.

  6. Jamaica is such a perfect place for a destination wedding. My husband and I went there for our Honeymoon. So.stinkin.amazing! Must go to Ricks Cafe if you have time. We saw the most beautiful sunset there and it just had an incredibly awesome environment with the cliff diving and being right on the water. It was perfect!

    AND Love the simplicity of this recipe – and pizza…..yes please!

  7. this looks delicious.! I would love it if you made a plantain lasagna recipe. I had some that someone else made and omgah it was amazing but I can’t re-create it for the life of me.

    Thanks so much for all your recipes and motivation! Can’t believe how much this site has improved since I first started following you! I mean the recipes have always been fantastic but the pictures and the website itself have become really amazing!!

  8. This is such a great idea! Reminds me of the polish galumpkis of my childhood minus the grains and whatever else Polish people add to it 🙂 The sausage is a nice touch!

    I hope you’ll be able to calm down before your wedding a bit, I second the natural calm! I had a serious eye twitch from stress before my wedding, it was a great look lol. Luckily it stopped in time for the nuptials.

  9. I can definitely relate on wanting to leave. I’ve lived in LA for 18 years and now that I’m off to college soon I just want to get out and explore the world! 😀 These pizza rolls look to DIE for and I didn’t even believe those were just cabbage leaves wrapped around the beef!

  10. Two things:
    1.) made these for dinner tonight and I may have told my 5 and 3 year old that the cabbage was a special kind of tortilla so they’d eat it without complaining. Success! #momoftheyear
    2.) I prepped everything yesterday and plopped it all in my crockpot, put it on the “keep warm” setting all day, and they were delish!

    Thanks for your great humor and tasty recipes!!

  11. I make at least one of your recipes weekly and never comment, but I had to for these since I don’t think anyone else has commented about them. I LOVE THEM! I had to modify with brown rice because I really don’t like cauli rice, but they are excellent. The sauce is perfect. I apparently am terrible at pulling off cabbage leaves because I have a lot of mini rolls, but whatever – it all made it in the pyrex, into the oven, and into my belly.

    Love your blog and especially love Jackson!

  12. This recipe was aaamazing. The bf who usually won’t eat a meal that doesn’t contain some type of starchy carb killed it and asked for seconds. He had no clue it didn’t have rice in the stuffing. Love love your site and find myself reading your posts in my free time (or in the office), so thank you!

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