unstuffed cabbage rolls

★★★★★ 4
a recipe by
Deb Wilson
New Glasgow, NS

I got this recipe from a community cookbook years ago - they were trying to raise money to get their community center some new flooring. It was called unstuffed cabbage rolls in the book but we call it just "Cabbage Roll Casserole". Not exactly as good as real cabbage rolls but a really close second if you haven't the time or inclination to fuss with cabbage rolls.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We loved this casserole recipe. It is just like a deconstructed cabbage roll. All the great flavor without the work. Fresh onion and garlic add a lot of flavor to this dish but is not overpowering. It's made with very simple ingredients and will appeal to a variety of tastebuds. When testing, we went with the Crock Pot to finish slow cooking the casserole and loved the results. This would be just as tasty out of the stove. Definitely comfort food for the cooler months.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 4
serves 8
prep time 20 Min
cook time 3 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For unstuffed cabbage rolls

  • 1 1/2 lb
    lean ground beef, chicken or pork
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 lg
    onion, diced
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c
    quick cooking rice
  • 1 sm
    cabbage, chopped
  • 1 can
    diced tomatoes, 28 oz
  • 1 can
    plain tomato sauce, 8 oz
  • 3/4 c
  • 1 tsp
    each salt and pepper

How To Make unstuffed cabbage rolls

  • Ground meat and onion cooking in a skillet.
    In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the ground meat and onion and cook, stirring, until ground beef is no longer pink and onion is tender. I don't use oil if I'm using beef because even the lean beef is usually fat enough without.
  • Rice and garlic added to the skillet.
    Add rice and garlic to meat and continue cooking for 1 minute.
  • Tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt added to the skillet.
    Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt.
  • Adding chopped cabbage.
    Add the chopped cabbage.
  • Pouring water into the skillet.
    Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Ingredients transferred to a slow cooker.
    Cover and place in a slow (300 degree) oven for 2 to 3 hours. You can also pour into a slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  • A bowl of Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls with crusty bread.
    Good with crusty rolls. Serves 8.