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cabbage roll casserole

(55 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Michelle Crawford
Brady, TX

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

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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. 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.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(55 ratings)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 2 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For cabbage roll casserole

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

How To Make cabbage roll casserole

  • Ground beef, onion, bell pepper, and Rotel added to the Dutch oven.
    In a large Dutch oven, add the ground beef, onion, bell pepper, and Rotel (it cooks into meat for extraordinary flavor - I didn't believe it till I did it).
  • Meat cooked until brown.
    Cook until the meat is done.
  • Cabbage and tomato sauce added.
    Add the cabbage and tomato sauces. Allow to cook until the cabbage is done and almost clear.
  • Adding water to the pot.
    If it needs water, add it so it stays juicy for rice.
  • Adding rice to the Dutch oven.
    Add the 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!