Italian Cabbage Casserole Recipe
- 1 medium head cabbage, coarsely shredded
- 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 1 large green pepper, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1. Place cabbage in a steamer basket; place in a large saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 6-8 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
- 2. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook and stir the beef, green pepper and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
- 3. Place half of the cabbage in an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray; top with half of beef mixture. Repeat layers (dish will be full). Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
- 4. Serve immediately or before baking, cover and freeze casserole for up to 3 months.
- 5. To use frozen casserole: Remove from the freezer 30 minutes before baking (do not thaw). Cover and bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
1-1/3 cups equals 223 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 438 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 21 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.
Reviews for Italian Cabbage Casserole
"This is wonderful; however, after reading several reviews I upped the seasonings, approximately tripled what's listed in the recipe, added about a teaspoon or so of hot sauce, sprinkled on some Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Garlic, and since I didn't have any mozzarella cheese I substituted Swiss cheese and it was delicious. Since my hubs is a hunter I used ground venison instead of ground beef."
"I have been doing "unstuffed" cabbage for several years now. Wilting, stuffing, and wrapping the cabbage is so time consuming. This sounds like it could be an alternative flavor profile to my current version and will give it a try the next time I make it."
"I have made this recipe many times... We love it!!"
"This is my mothers recipe and I just finally made it for the first time.. Loved it.."
"I thought this was a bit bland the first night, so I just sprinkled some Nature's Seasons seasoning blend on mine, and it was delicious. But we had the leftovers the second night, and I really think it tasted even better leftover! My 4 year old really liked it, as well, and my husband said he enjoyed it a lot. We would definitely have it again."
"I use bagged cole slaw mix instead of having to shred the cabbage...saves some time and clean up. My husband LOVES this dish! I have made it for family get togethers and I am always asked for the recipe!"
"I used a jar sauce instead of making my own, but this was VERY easy to make and leftover-for-lunch worthy!"
"great flavor and VERY easy. Leftover-for-lunch worthy"
"Added canned cannellini beans (rinsed) and canned mushrooms. I'm doing weight watchers, and 1 serving (computed as 8 servings) was only 4 points."
"I have made this recipe twice since discovering it. My husband loves it. To make it a little heartier I added a can of light red kidney beans and substituted ground turkey for the ground beef. YUMM-O!"
"Not bad! Everybody liked it. Will add a lot more seasonings next time though!!!"
"so easy and is perfect if you don't have time to make stuffed cabbage."
"Could this be made in a slow cooker? Would you have to steam the cabbage first?"
"Even quicker is to use pre-packaged coleslaw mix - has the added benefit of grated carrots in the mix (for those hidden veggies)."
"Great flavor and easy to prepare. This one is definitely making it to our "favorites"."
"Wow! Very tasty! I just steamed the cabbage in the microwave. Quick and easy!"
"loved recipe i added more spice and extra water and some rice ...would highly recommend"
"My husband loved it!! Next time I would use italian stewed tomatoes instead of plain cut tomatoes & not quite so much oregano."
"It's great. Instead of the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce I used a spicy spaghetti sauce to kick it up somewht."
"We love this! So good and good for you!!"
"This sounds very good, and I intend to try it soon; I'm Italian and I love cabbage!"