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
Featured In: 13x9 Casserole Recipes
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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 medium head cabbage (2 pounds), shredded
  • 1 cup 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Minimize mess by using 90% lean ground beef or ground sirloin (so you can skip the draining step) and use coleslaw mix (so you don't have to chop cabbage).
  • Try serving with a splash of red wine or cider vinegar.
  • Take this with a grain of salt: Our tasting panel finds salt preferences vary widely. We recommend adjusting according to your dietary restrictions, if any, and taste. Remember the hidden sources of sodium, like bacon, cheese, and canned sauces, soups and vegetables.
  • Originally published as Cabbage Roll Casserole in Taste of Home April/May 2005, p12

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    rjanet User ID: 4251554 264830
    Reviewed Apr. 18, 2017

    "This recipe is awful. The spices are overpowering. This is very disappointing. I would not recommend this recipe . It does not live up to the taste of actual cabbage rolls. I threw it all out."

    Kathie User ID: 8990282 264346
    Reviewed Apr. 5, 2017

    "Why is there no print button on this recipe?"

    Patricia User ID: 8964678 264312
    Reviewed Apr. 4, 2017

    "navy1015 if you buy Minute Rice brand rice, that doesn't have to be cooked. All you do is take it right from the box, measure it, and add it to the recipe. Good luck with your cooking and I also would like to Thank You for your service."

    Jan User ID: 8793265 264283
    Reviewed Apr. 4, 2017

    "I made this and we loved it! I used all diced tomatoes. It was delicious! Will definitely make


    luvdemgrits User ID: 8486223 264280
    Reviewed Apr. 4, 2017

    "Navy1015 I have made this casserole without cooked rice, and it is still good.

    Thank you for your service :)"

    navy1015 User ID: 2860208 264275
    Reviewed Apr. 3, 2017

    "I'm a widower and would like to know how this would be if I omit the cooked rice. Thanks in advance."

    DebHorton User ID: 6356683 264081
    Reviewed Mar. 30, 2017

    "I just made this, and it's fantastic! I goofed when I halved the recipe and used the whole head of shredded cabbage. Wonderful flavors and I'll definitely make it again. I'll probably use the extra cabbage again, too."

    geewizkid1 User ID: 8817658 263657
    Reviewed Mar. 19, 2017

    "I used one can of tomato sauce and a can of diced tomatoes, chopped the cabbage instead of shredding, omitted the dill, cayenne, and cheese. I added oregano, Worcestershire sauce, and a small amount of Frank's Hot Sauce. It was good and I'd make it again."

    elaineae User ID: 3082225 263596
    Reviewed Mar. 18, 2017

    "Just a so so recipe. I won't make this version again."

    Sharon User ID: 9091224 261781
    Reviewed Feb. 25, 2017

    "I make these the hard way by rolling up meat in cabbage. Will be trying this but will do the german version. Use saurkraut instead of tomato sauce or tomatoes."

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