Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe
Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce, divided
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
- 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
- 1 medium head cabbage (2 pounds), shredded
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in one can of tomato sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in rice and bacon; heat through. Remove from heat.
- 2. Layer a third of the cabbage in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with half of the meat mixture. Repeat layers; top with remaining cabbage. Pour remaining tomato sauce over top.
- 3. Cover and bake 45 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
1 serving equals 230 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 620 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 vegetable, 2-1/2 lean meat, 1/2 fat.
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"It was fairly easy to make. I thought the seasoning was lacking. Not sure if I will do it again."
"i love that one the same way to my mom mike it all so"
"I skip the cayenne & dill weed. I use 1/2 lb lean ground beef and 1/2 lb sweet italian sausage and I use 1 c. instant rice (uncooked), 1 can tomato sauce & 1 can petite diced tomatoes. Sometimes I layer & cook it in the slow cooker and turns out great!! This casserole also freezes real well. I brown my meats with onions & garlic and use precooked bacon bits. I do not bring to a boil & simmer just mix it all up and make my layers."
"This is a really great recipe base but it needs additional spices. I omitted the bacon and cayenne and added additional spices and green pepper for flavor, in addition to using a large head of cabbage, about 3#. I also substituted a combination of brown rice and quinoa for a whole grain meal."
"I cut the recipe in half because it was too large for me. It was ok but I did not see the purpose of the bacon or cheese as they are not part of a normal cabbage roll."
"Excellent recipe! Easy to make! Extremely wonderful!"
"We thought this was really good. I used one can of tomato sauce and one can of diced tomatoes. Was a little dry and will use more next time. I used brown rice. I shredded the cabbage and cooked for 55 minutes before adding cheese. All the cabbage cooked just fine. I did not add cayenne pepper. Had enough for a smaller 2nd casserole that I gave to my sister. She and her husband loved it! I will recommend this recipe."
"WONDERFUL Recipe! I didn't add cayenne (don't do spicy!) I think just the pepper was enough. A keeper for sure!"
"Great "cheater" recipe!. Tastes just like cabbage rolls without the effort! Cayenne pepper was a bit strong for our tastes. Next time I will reduce the amount by half. and add more cabbage because you can never have too much cabbage. Reheats beautifully, too."
"Excellent recipe. A little bland on first day, but flavor improved by 2nd day.I used 2 ready to eat tomato soups instead of tomato sauce.Will make it again ."
"Loved this recipe. So easy to make and tasted great. I added more seasoning and used Pasta sauce instead tomato sauce. Thing only thing I will do different next time is blanch only the top layer of cabbage. It was a little crispy for my taste, I wanted it to be done like the rest."
"This is soooo easy. Taste just like stuffed cabbage without the effort !!!!!!"
"Made it recently. Great taste and you don't have to roll them up."
"I wasn't sure about this recipe but decided to give it a try. It was really yummy and the only change I made was adding a can of diced tomatoes.i didn't find it bland at all but then we don't really like spicy food. Will definitely make this again."
"Excellent recipe. I used 1-1/2 times the spices and 1 t. salt."
"This looked and sounded great. My niece loved it. The other three people said it was ok and added hot salsa to it. I only made 1/2 recipe. We all love cabbage but it was totally lost to the eye as well as the taste. Maybe if it were cut into bite size pieces, instead of shredded."
"I have to try this!"
"Very good recipe. I made 1/2 recipe for the 2 of us and still have plenty of leftovers for another meal. I didn't quite have enough cabbage so used a bit of cauliflower to make up the difference. I used seasonings for a full batch and it still needs a bit more though. A very tasty, healthy meal."
"Great substitute for heavy pasta! I used my favorite spaghetti sauce I use for regular Lasagna and a small tub of ricotta cheese layer. Big hit with everyone!"
"I made but used 1 lb ground beef and 1 lb sausage was good that way!"
"This recipe is really good. I cut up the bacon and cook it along with the ground beef, eliminating one step. Shredded the cabbage quite thin and baked the casserole for an hour instead of 45 min, it was not too crunchy although we like just a bit of crunch- make sure it is covered well so the cabbage will really steam. Adding the Worcestershire makes a huge difference in flavor, as does using Spicy V-8 on top! (or regular V-8 for sissies...) It does need more than 1/4 tsp salt, otherwise I think the spices are good although I don't measure, just toss in an amount that "looks about right"... Oh, I used brown rice. Delicious."
"I made this a couple years ago but then forgot about it. Will make again on St Patrick's day coming up. I par-boiled the cabbage for a couple minutes then re heated in the bacon drippings. I also found 1 tea of Worcestershire and soy sauce makes a big difference. I topped with Bloody Mary Mix instead of the 2nd can of tomato sauce. You could also use spicy V-8 juice if you wish. This dish is now tangy and may be a little too much for real small children."
"I make this every February/March, building up to St. Pat's Day. Love it!"
"Made this casserole last week and it turned out pretty good. Good flavours and it made a lot. I put it in a 8.5 x 12 dish and a 8x8 dish. I froze the larger one for later. I assembled it and cooled and then froze it. The one thing I think I did wrong was maybe I should have shredded the cabbage finer as it wasn't all cooked through. It was a bit crunchy still. Perhaps the recipe should say "finely shredded" cabbage. I maybe could have cooked it longer as well. I will make this again."
"Very good Cabbage casserole that I will definitely be making again. My measure of an excellent dish is when I want more even though I feel full. What a great way to put cabbage in the diet! I will make some changes next time. I like the suggestion of Worcestershire sauce. I will likely drop the sage and use one can of tomato paste for a thicker sauce. I will also likely add some cheese in the middle for a cheesier dish!"
"This is a delicious, satisfying meal! I added a side of roast citrus glazed carrots."
"Pretty good and easy to make. Next time I'm buying already shredded cabbage."
"I made it as stated,,, but added Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce, left out the dill and thyme,( wife don't like it),,,, cooked an extra 20 minutes on 275,, to cook the cabbage.. next time Ill par boil the cabbage, great recipe. will be making it again"
"When I make traditional stuffed cabbage I add a layer or two of sauerkraut and add the tomato sauce. Normally it takes hours to prep and cook. Will try this version, but add sauerkraut and leave out the mozzarella cheese. The sauerkraut may be the ' the little extra' some said is missing. Susan"
"Excellent! I agree it needs a little something. I will substitute tomato soup for the sauce next time. The soup has a little "sweeter" taste."
"Two words ~~ Loved It! The whole family (7 in all) ate 'til it was all gone and asked for more!!Made this as written, minus the cheese. (Forgot to buy it with the other supplies) it was NOT missed at all. Definitely a keeper!!!"
"Pretty tasty but not great eye appeal. I made 2 smaller casseroles. Janet"
"Very few tweeks - very tasty! Hubby, who has been a cooked cabbage hater all his life, like this recipe."
"I added dill and bacon to this recipe and cooked the cabbage in the bacon grease. It was very good. My children loved everything, but the cabbage. :-)"
"Like most everyone else, I liked this recipe. I agree that it needed a little something extra in terms of flavor--next time I will probably add some worchestershire sauce, extra garlic and try using spicy V-8 juice instead of tomato sauce. The different textures of the rice mixture and cabbage make it very unique. The fam loved it."
"Great recipe!!! I added 1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper and a I increased the amount of spices but not by a measurable amout...I also used an extra clove of garlic and and a bit more tomato sauce and mozzarella...FANTASTIC!!!"
"I thought this was amazing!!! I also added 1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper because we like a little "zing" and an extra clove of garlic...also, I used a smidgen more tomato sauce as well as mozzarella...one question, if anyone can reply, the cabbage was a tad crunchy..."
"This is great. Use packaged shredded cabbage to speed the process. I think it works better."
"I have made this several times for my family. I have used ground turkey in place of the ground beef with no problems. I do leave out the thyme, sage and bacon. I also cheat and buy a bag of shredded coleslaw mix with carrots and red cabbage, works excellent and is a big time saver. I also add a can of diced tomatoes to the meat mixture. I don't like using tomato sauce for the top. Instead I've used V8 juice or tomato juice. I may have to try spicy V8 as another has suggested. Either way every time I make this it's never enough for my family, it gets devoured every time."
"This is the best recipe ever! I hate all the prep of cabbage rolls, so it's great! Every time I've made it for someone I get asked for the recipe!"
"I didnt shred the cabbage witch would have made it better. We ate one and froze one."
"I have made this recipe a few time for pot luck dinners. Everyone loves it. Hint: Don't skimp on the spices."
"This was excellent and much easier than regular cabbage rolls."
"I love this recipe and make it often. Very quick and much easier than cabbage rolls."
"Tasted just like a cabbage roll without all the fuss and muss of cooking cabbage leaves and rolling. This does need a bit more in the spice department though."
"Much easier than fussing around rolling up cabbage leaves!! Good recipe, but it needs something. Going to try increasing the spices next time."
"So much easier and much tastier than regular cabbage rolls. We all love it."
"This is a great and easy recipe! The only thing I will do differently next time is use three cans of tomato soup. The mozzarella adds so much to this!!"
"It is so much easier to make than cabbage rollsm and tastes just as good."
"I'd make the recipe again, but with some changes. Basically it's quite good, but I didn't like the can of tomato sauce poured over the top. Like someone else did, I think I'd use some tomato soup, as the recipe I use for cabbage rolls is from an old Campbell's soup cookbook and is made with tomato soup which i spice up a little bit with liquid smoke. The stark, unseasoned taste of tomato sauce just isn't appetizing when you take a bite of this casserole, but underneath, the dish is juicy with the cabbage....especially noticeable when it's cooled down and has set for awhile.... and tastes very good. Also, I forgot to add about a fourth of the cabbage (left it in my food processor by mistake), and there was plenty of cabbage in the dish. I'd cut down on the amount of cabbage the next time I make it. A friend who eats dinner with us a lot commented that it tasted bland after the first bite, and I agree. It's all a matter of opinion.....some love it as is, I think it needs some tweaking to suit my tastes better."
"For extra flavor, I use Spicy V-8 Juice in a 12 oz can and omit one tomato sauce. Wonderful recipe!"
"Make this again and every time i make it gets better!Idid do the cabbage in the microwave and it was perfect after baking it! Made for our house and made some to take to my son and wife!"
"I found this casserole to be very bland. It is lacking something."
"Wonderful recipe! I never thought I would be a lover of cabbage, but this dish was so easy to prepare and came out so well. My husband requests it all the time and even my 4 year old daughter liked it!"
"This will be the second time that i will made this and it does make alot so i bought some to work and all the girls wanted the receipe. I did find that it has to cook longer cause my cabbage was not soft enough but i think i will do like a other and do the cabbage in the micowave and get it cooked some. I used hunts spicy sauce and that has tons of favor. other wise i did the receipe to a tea. thanks for sharing:)"
"I love this recipe. I have made it several times and my family loves it. I add a little bit more of the cayenne, it gives it a little more kick. I highly recommend this one:)"
"We really like cabbage rolls but they are so much work. I thought this would have the same great flavor with less effort. We were both disappointed. I'm glad I only made half the recipe."
"This recipe rocks! I had to cut it in half because I didn't have enough cabbage, but it turned out great!!Very flavorful , easy and comforting! Thanks so much for posting!!"
"I made this for the first time today and served it to my Daughter and Son-in-law.My son-in-law doesn't like cabbage but he hadtwo helpings."
"This was very good. I made a few changes based on what I had on hand, using tomato soup instead of sauce (I also added it every layer), and I used a mixed shredded italian cheese instead of just mozzerella. It got rav reviews, though I think some sauerkraut will give it some extra kick next time. I halved the recipe, and it was enough for two nights of dinners, plus one lunch, for my husband and myself. Very yummy."
"I pour sauerkraut over the top and instead of adding the bacon in I lay several uncooked slices across the top. Cook covered for the first half then uncover. Simple delicious and easy!"
"I have made a dish similar to this and yes it can be frozen"
"I made this tonight for my husband and myself. Instead of shredding the cabbage, I peeled off the leaves, microwaved them until tender, and layered them whole, lasagna-style. It worked out great, and really made us think of cabbage rolls. As my husband says, "It's a keeper!""
"This is an excellent recipe. I prepared half the recipe for my husband & I and baked in an 11"X7" pan. Does anyone know if the leftovers can be frozen successfully?redlegs_1"
"This was great! I also added a can of Sauerkraut to the raw cabbage and it gave it some added "german" flavor. A definite repeat!"
"Thank you for this delicious recipe! I've heard from a co-worker, that cabbage rolls can be made in casserole form, but I never tried it before. It was GREAT, and so much less work. I'm sure I will make it time and again! Thanks again! nightingale3"
"EXACTLY what I was looking for. Cabbage rolls without all the work! Thanks for a great recipe!"
"I've made this dish twice. It's one of my favorites of all the TOH recipes that i've tried. I add a little hot sauce on mine. Great recipe!"