cabbage roll casserole

★★★★★ 4
By Beth Pierce
from Old Monroe, MO

Cabbage Roll Casserole is an easy family favorite. It combines all the delicious flavors of stuffed cabbage rolls with a lot less time and effort. This delectable casserole makes eight healthy servings and leftovers heat perfectly in the microwave.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

While delicious, cabbage rolls are time-consuming to prepare. This cabbage roll casserole has all the same flavors of cabbage rolls, without all the fuss. The seasoning is well balanced with the tomato, rice, and meat mixture. Cayenne pepper adds the perfect amount of heat (but that can easily be omitted). We loved all the layers of cheesy goodness. It will become one of your favorite go-to dinner meals. Thanks to the cabbage, it is ideal for New Year's Day or St. Patrick's Day.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 4
serves 8
prep time 25 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For cabbage roll casserole

  • 1 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1 md
    onion, chopped
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp
    paprika
  • 1/2 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1 can
    tomato sauce (15 ounce)
  • 1 can
    low sodium beef broth (14.5 ounce)
  • 1 c
    long grain white rice, uncooked
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 md
    head green cabbage, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c
    finely shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 1/2 c
    finely shredded Monterey Jack cheese

How To Make cabbage roll casserole

  • Baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray.
    1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9×13 inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil spray.
  • Browning ground beef, onion, and seasonings.
    2
    Brown ground beef. When the ground beef is about halfway browned add the onion; cook until the beef is fully browned. Reduce the heat to low. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute stirring continuously. Drain any excess fat from the skillet.
  • Paprika, onion powder, cayenne, brown sugar, tomato sauce, beef broth, and rice added to the skillet.
    3
    Add paprika, onion powder, cayenne, brown sugar, tomato sauce, beef broth, and rice. Bring the mixture to a low boil. Turn to simmer and cover with lid. Simmer for 20 minutes until rice is tender.
  • Cooking onions and cabbage in another skillet,
    4
    Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 of the chopped cabbage and cook until slightly tender; 5-7 minutes.
  • A layer of cabbage in the baking dish.
    5
    Spread cabbage over the bottom of the casserole dish.
  • Ground beef mixture on top of the cabbage.
    6
    Top with 1/2 of the ground beef mixture.
  • Cheese sprinkled over the ground beef.
    7
    Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheeses; blending them.
  • Cooking the other half of the cabbage.
    8
    Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the other 1/2 of the chopped cabbage and cook until slightly tender; 5-7 minutes.
  • Remaining cabbage added to the baking dish and layers repeated.
    9
    Spread the cabbage over the cheese in the casserole dish. Top with the other 1/2 of the beef mixture and then with the remaining cheese.
  • Covered casserole baking in the oven.
    10
    Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Foil removed and continuing to bake the casserole.
    11
    Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes or until the cheese is lightly browned.
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