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Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe

Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe

I layer cabbage with tomato sauce and ground beef lasagna-style to create a hearty casserole that tastes like cabbage rolls but without all the work. —Doreen Martin, Kitimat, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing YIELD:12 servings


  • 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
  • Coarsely ground pepper, optional


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat, crumbling beef, until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in one can of tomato sauce and next six ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Stir in rice and bacon; 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 until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. If desired, sprinkle with coarsely ground pepper. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 256 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 544mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.

Reviews for Cabbage Roll Casserole

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LeslieH User ID: 191346 255819
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"Delicious flavour, but to all who make this dish, please be advised that it takes at least 2 hours to fully cook the cabbage in this dish. Other than that the dish is awesome."

dlyn9smith User ID: 1866642 255671
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2016

"I did not have enough shredded cabbage, so I used cabbage leaves on the bottom of the dish, and then layered the rest as directed. I would recommend using cabbage leaves instead of shredded cabbage. I could not taste any cabbage except the whole leaves I had on the bottom. The meat and rice mixture was very delicious, and it was easier to assemble than cabbage rolls."

cindiak User ID: 221828 254335
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"It was so nice to have cabbage rolls without all the work. I will definitely make this again since it's so simple."

angcy User ID: 1160970 254254
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016

"Easy and tasty!"

SweetGrandmaJan User ID: 1245033 251738
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2016

"Made this and used the prepackaged shredded "cole slaw" cabbage! That added carrots and purple cabbage and colors! Very, very good!!! Easy and fast! (I used ground beef that I cooked ahead and put back in the freezer for fast dinner nights, so just had to assemble all and bake while relaxing. Excellent dinner, will definitely make again."

KookieB User ID: 8859340 249751
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2016

"Made this in my slow cooker. Sooo good. Loved by all. Thanks so much for the idea. 5 *"

sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 249424
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2016

"Delicious casserole with all the flavors of stuffed cabbage rolls. I had to drastically back on the ingredients to make it for 4 servings but the flavor was great. I flavored the cooked beef with some powdered beef bouillon, and used the cayenne pepper...not at all bland. I did cut way back on the rice using only 1/2cup for the four servings. Will make again."

LindaS_WI User ID: 7202558 245614
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2016

"It tastes just like my grandmother's cabbage rolls without all the work. My husband and I loved this and I've shared this recipe with all my sisters. It was perfect for St. Patrick's Day."

renleary User ID: 8663679 245477
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2016

"Bland and unappealing...don't make this again...that's what my family told me after I made this recipe."

abashu User ID: 6784654 244940
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"I like this better than cabbage rolls. It is simpler to make and tastes great."

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 244792
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"My husband and I really enjoyed this tasty casserole! I cut the recipe in half for the two of us and baked it in an 8x8-inch pan. It was easy to make and very delicious. We're not usually big fans of cooked cabbage, but I'll definitely be making this again!"

UKCatsFan User ID: 6283647 244628
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"Delicious! My husband and I really enjoyed this casserole. I divided the recipe in half, using lean ground turkey instead of beef, which worked fine. After reading the reviews I did increase amount of onion, spices, and used red pepper flakes while cooking the meat. Also sprinkled red pepper flakes on cabbage layer. This recipe will stay in my TOF online cookbook for a long time! Thank you for submitting it."

Susierae1 User ID: 6497163 244406
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"Made this and everyone loved it. Tweeked some of the seasonings due to personal tastes but my family loves it and my daughter usually doesn't eat cabbage."

szuelke User ID: 8245530 243993
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"Tasteless and as much work as lasagna. Way to bland"

1914skin User ID: 8300958 243732
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2016 Edited Mar. 6, 2016

"I'm Ukrainian, was raised on bland cabbage rolls, so over the years kept tweeking my moms way of making them, and I believe have come up with THE BEST. Your cassaroll gave me the idea to make my recipe into a cassaroll. Thanks! ..... Boiled the rice yes, next the bacon fried and crumbled, the meat I used is ground beef, pork, hot Italian sausage which I fried all the crap out till it was browned, added caramelized onion, salt, pepper,thyme, sage, and a heap of garlic powder, 1 can spiced tomato sauce. In the meantime I started to shred the cabbage till I cut myself, so chopped the remainder and boiled it , then followed your recipe for layering and adding mozzarella, also the second can of tomato sauce had no seasoning. Oh my, my, my, my had two friends over ..... the 3 of us ate the entire cassaroll, and my Chihuahua licked the cassarole clean! ..... Thank you soooo much for the idea!"

lilbonbon User ID: 6790905 243649
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2016

"I never made this yet but I will soon and I will use some of grandmawaynes Ideas and add to my recipe it sounds sooo good We love cabbage."

SKBanitt User ID: 8364726 243511
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"It was fairly easy to make. I thought the seasoning was lacking. Not sure if I will do it again."

MY REVIEW User ID: 2952403 242135
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"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."

SuzBrinkman User ID: 4499086 239710
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2015

"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."

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 236772
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2015

"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."

jonesmr11 User ID: 1438192 227817
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2015

"Excellent recipe! Easy to make! Extremely wonderful!"

CarmenAiken1 User ID: 8020762 222679
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"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."

bschuck User ID: 3529989 222583
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"WONDERFUL Recipe! I didn't add cayenne (don't do spicy!) I think just the pepper was enough. A keeper for sure!"

bovent User ID: 8112556 222392
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2015

"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."

dianedrugas User ID: 2423188 222250
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"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 ."

Bomma User ID: 6446495 222180
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"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."

gucci65 User ID: 7131119 222057
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

"This is soooo easy. Taste just like stuffed cabbage without the effort !!!!!!"

ggnelda5 User ID: 8094195 222054
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

"Made it recently. Great taste and you don't have to roll them up."

Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 222032
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"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."

Olsenmeadowpark User ID: 7904156 222014
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"Excellent recipe. I used 1-1/2 times the spices and 1 t. salt."

forever55 User ID: 6288714 221987
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"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."

zulemagarza User ID: 8270138 221961
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"I have to try this!"

MaryAliceH User ID: 7877378 221949
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"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."

Beaujo User ID: 1506033 221931
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"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!"

tsuecollins User ID: 4186164 221924
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"I made but used 1 lb ground beef and 1 lb sausage was good that way!"

dovecanyon User ID: 6559068 221912
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015 Edited Mar. 18, 2016

"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."

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 221899
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"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."

heart4asia User ID: 4883587 221238
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"I make this every February/March, building up to St. Pat's Day. Love it!"

knollbrookcook User ID: 4057123 220642
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

"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."

daahoffman User ID: 5193713 220567
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"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!"

WisconsinG User ID: 4499424 220519
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015 Edited Mar. 1, 2015

"This is a delicious, satisfying meal! I added a side of roast citrus glazed carrots."

cumminj User ID: 8251899 220419
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2015

"Pretty good and easy to make. Next time I'm buying already shredded cabbage."

wfmarotz User ID: 8256675 220339
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

"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"

sognek User ID: 8197470 220223
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"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"

Hcksslr User ID: 7422823 220184
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"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."

asnunez User ID: 2408742 220117
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"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!!!"

dublinlab User ID: 1682119 206365
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"Pretty tasty but not great eye appeal. I made 2 smaller casseroles. Janet"

CWOCN User ID: 4346648 63930
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"Very few tweeks - very tasty! Hubby, who has been a cooked cabbage hater all his life, like this recipe."

Mandy257 User ID: 6312943 63929
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014 Edited Mar. 18, 2016

"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. :-)"

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 56051
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"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."

maureenf1222 User ID: 7183229 63928
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013 Edited Mar. 18, 2016

"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!!!"

maureenf1222 User ID: 7183229 116591
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013 Edited Mar. 18, 2016

"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!!!"

Sarigen User ID: 667916 116583
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"This is great. Use packaged shredded cabbage to speed the process. I think it works better."

brendabalduck User ID: 609201 86817
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"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."

janetlynnatkins User ID: 6035276 59684
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"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!"

eddyeornot User ID: 3601580 60016
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"I didnt shred the cabbage witch would have made it better. We ate one and froze one."

ellen10 User ID: 6445355 86675
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"I have made this recipe a few time for pot luck dinners. Everyone loves it. Hint: Don't skimp on the spices."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 55667
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"This was excellent and much easier than regular cabbage rolls."

pennyandmickey User ID: 1438122 137716
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"I love this recipe and make it often. Very quick and much easier than cabbage rolls."

niagaracat User ID: 3122379 55666
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"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."

estancia11880 User ID: 6386981 137649
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"Much easier than fussing around rolling up cabbage leaves!! Good recipe, but it needs something. Going to try increasing the spices next time."

deegnome User ID: 6439674 137460
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2012

"So much easier and much tastier than regular cabbage rolls. We all love it."

shearprincess33 User ID: 6433776 71524
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"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!!"

marshmallow ladies User ID: 5712065 59683
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"It is so much easier to make than cabbage rollsm and tastes just as good."

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 116578
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"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."

Berthelote User ID: 175971 55665
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"For extra flavor, I use Spicy V-8 Juice in a 12 oz can and omit one tomato sauce. Wonderful recipe!"

snackcake User ID: 4580851 63884
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"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!"

esto13 User ID: 1855872 109575
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"I found this casserole to be very bland. It is lacking something."

ynapoli User ID: 5715753 143237
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"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!"

snackcake User ID: 4580851 143227
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"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:)"

DKSPMPRD User ID: 2394276 143222
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"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:)"

Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 55659
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2010

"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."

Marlene. User ID: 4408420 109574
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2010

"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!!"

pmoss User ID: 4337704 143219
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"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 had
two helpings."

deadkandance User ID: 3437935 63830
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"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."

ldbarnes10 User ID: 1384428 71470
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2010

"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!"

benj.63 User ID: 3932051 63829
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"I have made a dish similar to this and yes it can be frozen"

lenfinger User ID: 1357210 137044
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2009 Edited Mar. 18, 2016

"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!""

cee-jay User ID: 1579946 109573
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009 Edited Mar. 18, 2016

"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?


ChefTrish70 User ID: 3328246 137457
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2008 Edited Mar. 18, 2016

"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!"

nightingale3 User ID: 3387843 63828
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2008

"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"

awclibrary User ID: 1676957 149392
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2008 Edited Mar. 18, 2016

"EXACTLY what I was looking for. Cabbage rolls without all the work! Thanks for a great recipe!"

Summerjewl User ID: 2957013 56046
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2008

"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!"

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