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cabbage roll casserole

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Beth Pierce
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 the leftovers heat perfectly in the microwave.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

While delicious, cabbage rolls are time-consuming to prepare. This 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, though 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's even ideal for New Year's or St. Patrick's Day.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 50 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For cabbage roll casserole

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

How To Make cabbage roll casserole

  • Baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray.
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick or olive oil cooking spray.
  • Browning ground beef, onion, and seasonings.
    In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. About halfway through, add the onion. Once 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.
    Add the paprika, onion powder, cayenne, brown sugar, tomato sauce, beef broth, and rice. Bring the mixture to a low boil. Turn to a simmer and cover with a lid. Cook 20 minutes until the rice is tender.
  • Cooking onions and cabbage in another skillet,
    Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in another large skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 of the chopped cabbage and cook until slightly tender; 5-7 minutes. Remove and repeat with remaining olive oil and remaining cabbage.
  • A layer of cabbage in the baking dish.
    Spread the cabbage over the bottom of the casserole dish.
  • Ground beef mixture on top of the cabbage.
    Top with half of the ground beef mixture.
  • Cheese sprinkled over the ground beef.
    Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheeses, blending them.
  • Remaining cabbage added to the baking dish and layers repeated.
    Spread the remaining cabbage over the cheese in the casserole dish. Top with the remaining beef mixture and then with the remaining cheese.
  • Covered casserole baking in the oven.
    Cover the casserole with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Foil removed and continuing to bake the casserole.
    Remove the foil and bake another 20 minutes or until the cheese is lightly browned.