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Cabbage Casserole

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Unstuffed cabbage roll casserole is a delicious combination of ground beef, fresh cabbage, white rice, and the perfect blend of seasonings.

This recipe is just like stuffed traditional cabbage rolls; however, you get all the flavors without any of the work!

This easy healthy dish is perfect as a main dish or a complementary side dish to many other recipes. Easy to alter, this comforting casserole can make a cabbage lover out of anyone!

plate of cabbage casserole.

Why you will love making Cabbage Casserole!

Super Filling– Casserole recipes are one of the best ways to use up household ingredients and cook for a crowd. This dish is a delicious addition to any monthly menu and provides good leftovers. 

Family Favorite – There really are only so many chicken nuggets and fries that we can all eat, but no fear – this weeknight meal recipe is sure to become a struggle meal recipe and family dinner favorite. And if you love cabbage recipes, this will give you another amazing side dish option.

Plus, unstuffed cabbage casserole is also the perfect recipe for using up leftover beef and giving it new life again. 

Ingredients

  • ground beef
  • diced yellow onion
  • fresh green cabbage, chopped
  • tomato sauce
  • uncooked white rice
  • seasonings – garlic powder, kosher salt, paprika, thyme, ground black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • beef broth

How to make Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 baking casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Add beef and onion to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat, browning beef and cooking until onion is translucent. Drain grease.
  3. Add beef mixture to the prepared baking dish.
cabbage casserole with beef.
  1. Stir in cabbage, tomato sauce, uncooked rice, and seasonings, and mix well.
  2. Pour broth on top and spread evenly into pan.
  3. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove foil, stir and cover again; bake for another 20 minutes.
  4. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
cabbage casserole recipe.

Get Busy with those Spices!

Every household likes a different flavor or has a favorite spice or seasoning.

Nutmeg, garlic, hot sauce, and Italian seasoning make great choices when deciding what to dig out of the pantry. 

easy delicious recipe with cabbage.

Cabbage Casserole Tips

There really is nothing easier than making a casserole. It’s the perfect ingredient-based dinner that gives you a homemade taste without being a connoisseur in the kitchen. 

Hearty and filling without adding too many calories, chopped cabbage is one of the best and most underrated vegetables!

Try mixing up extra flavor by adding chopped red pepper to the beef while sauteeing, doubling the rice for a more robust casserole, or adding a can of Rotel tomatoes or pepper flakes for some spice. 

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To power up the meat, try adding some Worcestershire sauce and minced garlic. 

To save time, purchasing pre-chopped or shredded Cabbage or coleslaw works great. 

Serve this lazy cabbage rolls recipe with another delicious side dish like mashed potatoes.

Our pick for the best breakfast casserolesBiscuits and gravy casserole, ham and hashbrowns, and our very favorite breakfast casserole recipe here.

Our pick for the best vegetable casseroles – Unstuffed mushroom casserole, stuffed bell pepper casserole, and 

Our pick for the best weeknight dinner casserolesChicken and Rice casserole, cheeseburger casserole, and this zucchini tomato casserole recipe.

family friendly casserole dinners.
5 from 2 votes

Cabbage Roll Casserole (Unstuffed Lazy Mans Way!)


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Layers of Cabbage Roll Casserole with fresh cabbage, rice, and beef – the lazy man's guide to the perfect weeknight dinner casserole. Budget-friendly, waist line friendly!

Equipment

  • 9×13 casserole dish

Ingredients
 

  • fresh cabbage head  chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ cup yellow onion diced
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce
  • ½ cup white rice uncooked
  • 2 cups beef broth

Seasonings

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. 
  • Add uncooked beef and diced onion to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat, browning beef and cooking until onion is translucent. Drain excess grease.
  • Add beef mixture to the prepared baking dish. 
  • Stir in chopped cabbage, tomato sauce, uncooked white rice, and seasonings, and mix well.
  • Pour beef broth on top and spread evenly into the pan.
  • Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake for 1 hour.
  • Remove foil, stir the casserole mixture and cover again, baking for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Let cabbage casserole stand for 5 minutes before serving. 

Notes

Try mixing up the extra flavor by adding chopped red pepper to the beef while sauteeing, doubling the rice for a more robust casserole, or adding a can of Rotel tomatoes or pepper flakes for some spice. 
Try adding Worcestershire sauce and minced garlic to power up the meat. 
To save time, purchasing pre-chopped or shredded Cabbage or coleslaw works excellently. 
Every household likes a different flavor or has a favorite spice or seasoning. Nutmeg, garlic, hot sauce, and Italian seasoning make great choices when deciding what to dig out of the pantry. 

Nutrition

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 770mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 353IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. To make this the Polish way, use tomato soup mixed with water and brown sugar instead of tomato sauce and add bacon to the top. Been making golumbki for 50 years. The tomato sauce throws off the true ethnic flavor.

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