Our stuffed cabbage casserole recipe is an easy meal with layers of ground beef, cabbage, tomatoes, rice, and cheese. This is a deconstructed version of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls, and it’s a huge hit with my family!

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Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe

If you love stuffed cabbage rolls but not the time it takes to make them, this recipe is for you.

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To make this a keto or low carb casserole just swap out the rice and replace it with more meat.

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This is one of my favorite ground beef casserole recipes that also works well as a freezer meal.

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How to Make Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

To make this easy casserole, start by pre-heating your oven to 350 degrees. Next, spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large skillet over medium heat add the ground beef, onion, and garlic. Cook these ingredients until ground beef is browned and thoroughly cooked. If you have excess grease, feel free to drain it here.

Now, stir in your oregano, thyme, paprika, water, Worcestershire sauce, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce.

Allow this to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, and then turn off the heat and stir in 2 cups of cooked rice.

While the sauce for your stuffed cabbage casserole is simmering, add a tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet or dutch oven, the add the cabbage.

Season with salt and pepper, cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally to ensure all the cabbage is cooked. You’ll want to cook the cabbage until just tender, or about 5 minutes.

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Spread half the cabbage evenly over the bottom of the baking dish, then spread half the sauce over the cabbage, repeating the process until all ingredients have been utilized.

At this point you should cover your stuffed cabbage casserole tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes.

Remove from the oven, cover with the 2 cups cheese, return to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes uncovered, or until the cheese melted and starting to brown.

Finally, garnish your cabbage casserole with some fresh parsley and enjoy!

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Cabbage Casserole Tips

  • This recipe is good in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days. You can freeze the casserole for up to 3 months.
  • You can make this a keto cabbage casserole by swapping the rice for more ground beef.
  • Make your stuffed cabbage casserole dairy-free by dropping the cheese!
  • Spice it up a bit by adding a couple pinches of crushed red pepper to your tomato sauce.
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More Easy Ground Beef Casseroles

4.33 from 107 ratings

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Author: Crissy Page
Servings: 10 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 50 minutes
Stuffed cabbage casserole (or cabbage roll casserole) is a flavorful and delicious family meal that's so easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 large onion diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 ½ heads green cabbage cored chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Garnish with fresh parsley optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat add the ground beef, onion, and garlic. Cook until ground beef is browned and thoroughly cooked, drain if needed.
  • Stir in oregano, thyme, paprika, water, Worcestershire sauce, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, turn off the heat and stir in 2 cups of cooked rice.
  • While the sauce is simmering, add a tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet or dutch oven, add the cabbage, season with salt and pepper, cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook just until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Spread half the cabbage evenly over the bottom of the baking dish, spread half the sauce over the cabbage, then repeat.
  • Cover tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, cover with the 2 cups cheese, return to the oven and bake uncovered for an additional 20 minutes, or until the cheese melted starting to brown. Garnish with fresh parsley, optional.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 367mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g
Nutrition values are estimates, sourced from an online nutrition calculator. This information should never be considered a substitute for medical advice. Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Course: Casseroles
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cabbage beef casserole, cabbage roll casserole, easy cabbage casserole, ground beef casserole, stuffed cabbage casserole

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8 Comments

  1. Thomas Kelley says:

    ; “WOW”!!!! Absolutely Fantastic. This has become a frequent meal in our home. Thank you

  2. This was delicious! I added some bell pepper for more veggies and my whole family loved it. The melted browned cheese on top was so good. Definitely making again!

  3. Very yummy!!! The whole family LOVED this!!!! The next time I make this I will probably add a little crushed red pepper, we felt like it needed a little kick to it.  I think we will probably also add 1 more can of diced tomatoes and use a little less cabbage, I think one head would have worked for us.  
    Loved all the flavors in this dish!! We unfortunately did not have thyme, so I added Italian seasoning to replace it. I also added a little more w- shire sauce but that’s because my family loves that flavor!!   This dish was amazing and cannot wait to make it again!!!

  4. Linda DeCarli says:

    Where does the 1/4 cup of water fit in the recipe?

  5. Nancy A Mueller says:

    Do you freeze before or after baking.

  6. Sweety Sultana says:

    you! My family was craving brownies and so I searched online for a recipe and decided to try yours. So glad I did because they came out great. My family loved them. I added semi sweet chocolate chips and milk instead of water, they were delicious

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