Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole Recipe

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"I received the recipe for this hearty ground beef and cabbage casserole from a teacher at the preschool where I work," notes Judy Thorn of Mars, Pennsylvania. "It's a nutritious and economical meal for busy families."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 6 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked instant rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 342 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 690mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 5g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable.


  1. Place the cabbage in a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the rice, salt if desired and pepper; spoon over cabbage.
  2. Combine soup and water; pour over beef mixture. Cover and bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until rice and cabbage are tender. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Unstuffed Cabbage in Quick Cooking November/December 2002, p61

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knollbrookcook User ID: 4057123 265916
Reviewed May. 13, 2017

"This turned out good and I made it simpler by using a bag of pre-washed cabbage salad. I used only one can of tomato soup, along with one 14 oz. can of no salt added plain tomato sauce. I also increased the ground beef to 1 pound. I will certainly be making this again."

Medic 716 User ID: 4089259 224417
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"Loved this and so easy to make."

75Sally User ID: 8021903 220626
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

"My husband is a chef and is picky about my cooking. But he absolute loved this recipe and it did not last long. I will definitely do this recipe again soon!"

DragonSlayersRosebud User ID: 198468 82583
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"If you like stuffed cabbage, this recipe is much easier than rolling everything into cabbage leaves. It's easy, a crowd pleaser & delicious. To add an extra zippy taste, add chili powder in to the soup & water mixture."

labozeman User ID: 6062063 122064
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"Hubby & me like this dish..I add more ground beef & onion & garlic..keep everything else the same...easy & delicious!!!"

FoodieVal User ID: 7150279 122063
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2013

"easy to make and tastes just like Mom used to make but without the hassle. I filled a 9 X 13 glass baking dish with chopped cabbage, used a lot more ground beef (1 1/2-2 lbs.)& 26 oz. can of soup, and also substituted Orzo for rice, as my boyfriend doesn't care for rice, and he loved it. I always use Campbell's soup, as it has a distinct flavor and that's what Mom used also. I didn't care for the cheese on top because Mom never put cheese on the stuffed cabbage, but that's just my taste. This is one of those dishes that taste better the next day, and I may start making double batches for that reason. It's so easy and so good that it's my go-to dish when it's stormy and you want comfort food to warm you up. Definately passing this recipe on to family and friends!!"

Alyson0510 User ID: 3190582 44940
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"This recipe was ok...but it was lacking something???? I'm not sure what...too much cabbage not enough other things. Maybe needs some more veggies, etc??"

terriesherrow User ID: 2533485 44939
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"will never roll cabbage again - quick and easy - taste just like the time consuming rolls"

Sunshine1984 User ID: 5297683 132435
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"This is SO delicious and easy to make. Love it!"

MarlaKin User ID: 457225 121942
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2009

"This has been one of our favorite recipes for years! Love the cabbage roll taste but this is really simple to make and you get the right effect!"

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