Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls are a quick & easy one pot wonder with ground beef, rice and cabbage, almost a Casserole! Perfect When You Are in a Hurry! - Lazy Cabbage Rolls (Ленивые Голубцы)
In a large cast iron dutch oven, (I used a 8 quart size) heat the oil on high heat and add the onions and fry for a few minutes until the onion softens. Add the carrots and 3 cloves garlic and continue to cook until carrots are tender.
Add the ground beef and continue to cook for about 15 minutes, stirring and breaking up the pieces occasionally. Mix in the dill, thyme, salt and pepper.
When the meat is cooked, add the cabbage leaves into the dutch oven. If there is too much cabbage, put the lid on for a few minutes, and the cabbage will reduce, as it's mostly water. Then add the rest of the cabbage. Stir with the meat mixture until combined.
*Using Passata gives this recipe a fresher tomato taste instead of cooking in tomato sauce and water like traditional Cabbage Rolls. Passata is an uncooked tomato purée that’s been strained of seeds and skins. If your supermarket doesn’t carry Passata, it can be found in Italian delis. If unavailable, substitute with 4 cans of crushed tomatoes.