Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe
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Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe

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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
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Cabbage Roll Casserole in Taste of Home April/May 2005, p12

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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."

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