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Cabbage Roll Casserole

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Are you craving the flavors of a cabbage roll without all the fuss? Cabbage Roll Casserole is the answer! This adapted recipe gives you all the deliciousness of a cabbage roll in a convenient one-dish meal. With ingredients like crumbled ground beef, tomato sauce, cabbage, rice, and more, this casserole is sure to become a family favorite. The best part? It comes together in just minutes and bakes in the oven. It’s a hearty, comforting meal that’s sure to satisfy. In this article, you’ll learn how to make Cabbage Roll Casserole and how to customize it with your favorite add-ins. Let’s get cooking!

Cabbage Roll Casserole

I crave cabbage rolls on occasion. But I talk myself out of making the due to the prep. So, I got creative and made this casserole that is similar in flavor. Plus it’s easy to whip up! 

cabbage roll casserole

How to Make Cabbage Roll Casserole 

Step 1: Start by cooking your ground beef, onions and garlic. Also preheat the oven as directed in the printable recipe card below. 

Step 2: Add in your tomato sauce and seasoning and simmer for a few minutes. Then add in cabbage and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Mix in your cooked rice.

Step 3: Stir well and place in a casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes. Around 5-10 minutes before you remove, sprinkle with cheese and return the oven to melt cheese. 

What Size Pan to Use

I used a 3.6 quart cast iron dish. If you don’t have an oven safe pan you can pour into a baking dish. If need be you can half the recipe if you don’t plan on serving a good amount of people. This recipe makes quite a bit. 

What Color Of Cabbage to Use

Green cabbage is great to use in the cabbage roll bake. It offers a nice flavor without overpowering the dish. 

Buying a head of cabbage is cheap to do! Plus it will take just a handful of minutes to shred. 

If you need you can buy bagged cabbage depending on the size of the bag you might need a few to equal a head of cabbage. 

What Is The Best Rice To Use

Brown or white rice would be a nice pairing. I tend to reach. For white, but if you want to do brown go ahead. 

cabbage roll casserole

Just cook the rice according to the back of the package. The rice needs to be fully cooked before you add into the casserole. 

Could I Use Sausage Into The Casserole

Add in sausage to replace the beef or do one pound beef and the other pound beef. 

Or mix in some straight sausage. No matter how we cooked it the whole family enjoyed it! This cabbage recipe is versatile. 

Storing Leftovers

Store your leftovers in the fridge in the proper container. I suggest eating in 1-2 days. You will find the cabbage can break down rather fast when it comes to this recipe. 

cabbage roll casserole

I have not tried freezing this recipe. More than likely your cabbage could turn to mush as it thaws. So for me I would almost suggest no to freezing. 

But if you try it, let me know how it reheats and if the texture is the same. 

cabbage roll casserole

For another amazing cabbage dish, try this amazing fire grilled cabbage.

cabbage roll casserole

Cabbage Roll Casserole

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Cabbage Roll Casserole is an adapted recipe to give you similar flavors to a cabbage roll, but without the fuss. Crumbled ground beef, tomato sauce, cabbage, rice and more all in one crave-worthy dish.


  • 2 Pounds Ground Beef**
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 TBSP Garlic, minced
  • 2 (15 OZ) Cans Tomato Sauce
  • 1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
  • 1 TBSP Sugar
  • 5 Cups chopped cabbage
  • 2 Cups cooked white rice
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a covered Cast Iron casserole Dish (if you do not have one, cook in a large skillet)
  3. Brown the ground beef, onions & garlic. Cook over medium heat until not longer pink.
  4. Carefully drain any excess grease from cooking the ground beef.
  5. Add in the tomato sauce, itailian seasoning and sugar. Allow to simmer over medium heat for a few minutes. .
  6. Add in your chopped cabbage and allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes moving the cabbage around the sauce to make sure it is cooking evenly.
  7. Add in cooked rice. Stir to combine.
  8. If using a skillet, pour mixture into a baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and put in the oven.
  9. If using a cast iron casserole dish, put the lid on and place in the oven.
  10. Bake covered for 45 minutes.
  11. After 45 minutes remove cover. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top.
  12. Bake uncovered for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  13. Remove from oven and serve immediately.


**I used a 3.6 Quart Cast Iron dish. If you have something smaller in size, you may need to 1`/2 the recipe. This serving is large and feeds 6-8.

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