cabbage roll casserole

★★★★☆ 55
a recipe by
Michelle Crawford
Brady, TX

My kids are very finicky when it comes to cabbage (one of my favorites) so I only do half the head. I would love more in it, so use the whole thing if you want to. I miss my grandma's cabbage rolls. But that's a lot of work steaming each leaf and then filling and placing in another pan so I turned it into this.

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Cabbage rolls are delicious but making them can be a bit tedious. Michelle took her grandmother's cabbage roll recipe and turned it into a casserole. It tastes just like cabbage rolls, but without the work. Yay! We loved the flavor Rotel adds to the meat during the cooking process. That, along with the fresh vegetables, adds a ton of flavor to this meal. You will need to watch this while cooking, but this is a fabulous one-dish recipe.

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★★★★☆ 55
prep time 10 Min
cook time 2 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For cabbage roll casserole

  • 1 md
    head of cabbage shredded (I use about half of it)
  • 1 lg
    onion chopped
  • 1 md
    bell pepper chopped
  • 1 can
    Rotel tomatoes, 10 oz.
  • 2 can
    tomato sauce, 8 oz. each
  • 2 lb
    ground beef
  • 5-6 c
    cooked rice
  • 1 can
    water (use tomato sauce can), if needed
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How To Make cabbage roll casserole

  • Prepping cabbage, onions, and peppers.
    Prep: Shred cabbage. Chop onions and bell pepper. Cook rice.
  • Ground beef, onion, bell pepper, and Rotel added to the Dutch oven.
    In a large Dutch oven, add ground beef, onion, bell pepper and Rotel (cooks into meat for extraordinary flavor, didn't believe it till I did it).
  • Meat cooked until brown.
    Cook until meat is done.
  • Cabbage and tomato sauce added.
    Then add cabbage and tomato sauces. Allow to cook until cabbage is done almost clear.
  • Adding water to the pot.
    If it needs water, add it so it stays juicy for rice. One 8 oz can of water is usually enough.
  • Adding rice to the Dutch oven.
    Add rice one cup at a time until you feel it's enough. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Ingredients mixed together.
    Mix well. It is so tasty!