Lazy Halupsi (Cabbage Rolls)

Lazy Halupsi (Cabbage Rolls)

So when I first moved to the Iron Curtain in North Dakota, I can’t remember who it was that said we were having “halupsi” for a meal. I am fairly certain I looked at them like they were crazy or that they had spoken another language. The individual than described to me “you know, pigs in a blanket!” I pleasantly thought, OHHH yes, sausages wrapped in pancakes. Awesome! 

Much to my surprised, I was served what looked like ground beef and rice rolled in cabbage. Still delcious, but totally not what I was thinking. Why this part of North Dakota calls cabbage rolls pigs in a blanket? I have no idea. Just another one of those Germans from Russia things. But I embrace it and call it what the locals call it. I’ve made this dish once before and let me tell you, as with anything this delicious, it’s a lot of work. Getting the cabbage the PERFECT consistency to roll up… not too firm, not too hard is a delicate task. I love the taste of this dish, mainly because I love cabbage. So when I stumbled across a lazy version of this, I HAD to try it out. Same great flavor without all the hassle? Perfection. 

Lazy Halupsi (Cabbage Rolls)
Serves 6
an easy way to make cabbage rolls, in a casserole
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  2. 2 tablespoon butter
  3. 1 medium onion, diced
  4. 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  5. 1/2 head cabbage, chopped
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1 teaspoon paprika
  8. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  9. 1 1/3 cup rice, uncooked
  10. 2 - 10 oz cans tomato soup
  11. Heavy cream
  12. Mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium pan, brown the ground beef. Drain off any fat. Empty into greased casserole dish.
  3. In the same pan, add 2 tablespoons butter. Saute the onion, carrots, and cabbage until soft and translucent. Season with paprika, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the rice. Stir well. Remove and empty into casserole dish with the beef.
  4. Mix the tomato soup with 1-2 cans of heavy cream (as creamy as you'd like it) and pour over casserole. Give it a good stir.
  5. Bake casserole for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, top with Mozzarella cheese and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.
  1. Add cooked rice to reduce cooking time!
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  1. Bunchie
    September 23, 2014 / 11:50 am

    Hey there,

    Your blogs are always great! I am writing because I remember this from an old polish boyfriend’s family. Your neck of the woods actually has a large polish heritage…settlers/pioneers there! These are actually called Galumpkis!

    • September 29, 2014 / 9:54 am

      Thank you! Yes, I know the Polish do these as well! I love how different heritages do similar things with their own flair!

  2. Anjanette
    September 23, 2014 / 11:58 am

    Pigs in a blanket!! Haaa … gonna try this though!

  3. Cheryl
    September 23, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    I take an extra shortcut when I am in a hurry…Cole slaw mix! If I use the finely chopped version I can even get Paul to eat it!

  4. September 24, 2014 / 2:21 am

    Cabbage rolls are a holiday stable in my house, mum does them for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner but man they are a lot of work… gonna have to try out the lazy version myself!
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    • September 29, 2014 / 9:55 am

      They ARE a lot of work! But they are so delicious!!

  5. January 6, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    We had both Halupsi and the easy kind in the Hazen area. We called the lazy kind goulash.