Vegan Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage Stew

Stuffed Cabbage Stew is full of cozy, hearty and comforting vibes. This vegan and gluten free soul food is healthy and filling. Plus it is a One Pot Comfort Food Recipe !

You have come to the right place looking for the perfect recipe for those days and nights when you’re craving a simple hearty meal without putting much effort in making it.

I am including instructions to make it in either the Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker), Crock-Pot (slow cooker), or on the stovetop.

Stuffed vegan cabbage stew served in a white dinner plate with french bread.

YOU WILL LOVE THIS EASY RECIPE IS

  • HEALTHY AND FULL OF NUTRIENTS
  • EASY
  • VEGAN
  • GLUTEN-FREE
  • FULL OF PANTRY INGREDIENTS
  • LOW COST, BUDGET FRIENDLY
  • FULL OF FLAVORS
  • FULL OF PLANT PROTEIN, FIBER AND SUPER-FOODS
  • SOUL SATISFYING COMFORT FOOD

This vegetarian stew makes routine appearances on my dinner menu planning. It is our family favorite – snuggle in the bowl recipe.

Roughly chopped cabbage, rice, lentils, and tofu bulk up the stew. Tomato puree, minced garlic, red wine vinegar and liquid coconut amino (or soy sauce) bring out the umami. Smoked Paprika adds depth of flavors.

All in all, this is super easy recipe of simple ingredients big flavors. Keeps your belly full and happy for long time.

A close up photo of the recipe showing hearty thick texture.

Even though, this Vegan Cabbage Stew is full of healthy ingredients, it however does not taste like boring health food. That is especially important to have enjoyable meal without feeling deprived.

So, your body will thank you for eating this bowl of nutrients rich goodness. And all without spending big money. For under $10s, you can feed family of four multiple times.

This recipe can easily be doubled and frozen to enjoy for future meals. Its simplicity and cozy essence will make it an instant favorite, especially on cold rainy dark nights.

We love creating recipes that are full of different flavors. We also love layering the textures for all our food. This recipe has them both.

STEW OR SOUP?

Since there are chunky pieces with variety of different textures, I am calling it a stew. I am keeping it on thicker side. You can add more liquid and make it soup too.

INGREDIENTS

Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card. Here is what I included in making Vegan Cabbage Casserole:

  • Cabbage
  • Lentils : Green or brown both work well.
  • Rice : I am using white rice
  • Tofu
  • Tomato Puree or Crushed tomatoes
  • Low sodium vegetable broth
  • Flavors and Aromatics:  liquid coconut amino ( or soy sauce), minced garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander,  and smoked paprika. To add extra spice add 1/4 teaspoon red pepper powder.
  • Raw sugar, salt and pepper
  • Optional Garnishes : fresh lemon juice, fresh herbs like chopped chives, parsley or basil.

If you do not have all ingredients available, simply skip them or substitute any with your favorite.

Display of ingredients used in making this recipe.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS CASSEROLE / STEW:

I recommend serving this vegan stuffed cabbage stew with few slices of French or Italian bread.  If you want a bit of crunch, add a side of potato or apple chips. Here are some other delicious and easy options

MORE COMFORT FOOD RECIPES:

A few more of my favorites if you’re looking for easy comfort food inspiration.

A ladle full of stew made in Instant Pot.

DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS :

Instructions to make this recipe on the stove top and in the crock pot are included in the recipe card.

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS :

Turn your Instant Pot on to the Sauté function. Add the olive oil. Let the oil get warm in 30 seconds. Add tofu, minced garlic, and liquid coconut amino (soy sauce). Sprinkle some salt. Using the spatula, break and crumble the tofu. Sauté on high for 2 minutes.

Add rest of the ingredients and smoked paprika. Stir few times so ingredients are mixed well together.

Add vegetable broth (or water) and mix well. Cancel Sauté function.

Deglaze the pot by scraping the bottom with the spatula and making sure nothing is stuck at the bottom.

Place the lid on Instant Pot and move the knob to SEALING. Press MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK high pressure for 4 minutes.

After it is done cooking, wait for 5 minutes and do a QPR quick pressure release by moving the valve from SEALING to VENTING. Open the lid.

Gently stir the stew using a ladle. Adjust the seasoning. Serve in a bowl. Drizzle some lemon juice, black pepper, and garnish with fresh chopped herbs. Bon Appetit!

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A big bowl and small serving bowl full of stuffed cabbage stew. This vegan comfort food recipe can be made in Instant pot or on stove top.

Stuffed Cabbage Stew

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This easy Stuffed Cabbage Casserole is classic comfort food.
You can make this One Pot Meal in the Instant Pot, stove top, or crock pot. This nutritious healthy meal is vegan and gluten free.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cabbage - roughly chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can tomato puree or crushed tomatoes (13 oz )
  • 1 cup firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup lentils - wash and rinse ( use either green or brown lentils)
  • 1/2 cup rice - wash and rinse
  • 4 cup low sodium vegetable broth (water)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup liquid coconut amino or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon raw sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper powder - adjust per spice tolerance
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional Garnishes : fresh lemon juice, fresh herbs like chopped chives, parsley or basil

Instructions

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS :

Turn your Instant Pot on to the Sauté function. Add the olive oil. Let the oil get warm in 30 seconds. Add tofu, minced garlic and liquid coconut amino (soy sauce). Sprinkle some salt. Using the spatula, break and crumble the tofu. Sauté on high for 2 minutes.

Add rest of the ingredients and smoked paprika. Stir few times so ingredients are mixed well together.

Add vegetable broth (or water) and mix well. Cancel Sauté function.

Deglaze the pot by scraping the bottom with the spatula and making sure nothing is stuck at the bottom.

Place the lid on Instant Pot and move the knob to SEALING. Press MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK high pressure for 4 minutes.

After it is done cooking, wait for 5 minutes and do a QPR quick pressure
release by moving the valve from SEALING to VENTING. Open the lid.

Gently stir the stew using a ladle.  Adjust the seasoning. Serve in a
bowl. Drizzle some lemon juice, black pepper, and garnish with fresh chopped herbs.  Bon Appetit!

Directions:  Regular Stovetop

In a heavy bottom pan, add the olive oil. Once the oil heats up, add tofu,
minced garlic and liquid coconut amino. Sprinkle some salt. Using the spatula, break and crumble the tofu. Sauté on high for 2-3 minutes.

Add rest of the ingredients and smoked paprika. Stir few times so ingredients are mixed well together. Add vegetable broth. (or water) Mix well.

Let it come to boil on high heat. Then reduce heat, cover the pan, and let it cook for about 15-20 mins on medium heat.

Check and stir few times to make sure it does not burn at the bottom. Lentils and rice should be tender, and cabbage should be soft. Turn the heat off.

Serve garnished as suggested. Enjoy.

CROCK POT INSTRUCTIONS:

Follow same directions as above. Cook on High setting for 2 hours or Low setting for 3-4 hours. 

Notes

If you are using water instead of vegetable broth, use a teaspoon of Better than Bouillion or any other all purpose seasoning for extra flavor.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 15gProtein: 10g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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