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Italian Cabbage Casserole Recipe

Italian Cabbage Casserole Recipe

"If your gang likes stuffed cabbage, they'll love this filling, beefy recipe. And you'll love that it has all the flavor-but with a lot less work than stuffed cabbage!" Debra Sanders - Brevard, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 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 11x7-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.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 223 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 438mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 7g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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contrarywife User ID: 2675625 223380
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"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."

bziol User ID: 698746 142181
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"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."

rhobleymattson User ID: 4757695 102715
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"I have made this recipe many times... We love it!!"

crissysanders User ID: 6821337 91463
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"This is my mothers recipe and I just finally made it for the first time.. Loved it.."

kgburgess User ID: 2727982 108015
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2012

"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."

jenniferr74 User ID: 1225411 210159
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"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!"

Cast2 User ID: 6228322 91457
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"Loved it!"

culady139 User ID: 5412830 91440
Reviewed May. 21, 2011

"I used a jar sauce instead of making my own, but this was VERY easy to make and leftover-for-lunch worthy!"

culady139 User ID: 5412830 163894
Reviewed May. 21, 2011

"great flavor and VERY easy. Leftover-for-lunch worthy"

rothgirl User ID: 5514405 158835
Reviewed May. 4, 2011

"Added canned cannellini beans (rinsed) and canned mushrooms. I'm doing weight watchers, and 1 serving (computed as 8 servings) was only 4 points."

PeachyKeen1298 User ID: 5419261 106264
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"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!"

houseoftwirls User ID: 5568513 175515
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"Not bad! Everybody liked it. Will add a lot more seasonings next time though!!!"

abd297 User ID: 2989055 102661
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"so easy and is perfect if you don't have time to make stuffed cabbage."

Rebecca0629 User ID: 1484202 163893
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"Could this be made in a slow cooker? Would you have to steam the cabbage first?"

hm-fisher User ID: 5318511 94978
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"Even quicker is to use pre-packaged coleslaw mix - has the added benefit of grated carrots in the mix (for those hidden veggies)."

tsp5424 User ID: 3146069 94977
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"Great flavor and easy to prepare. This one is definitely making it to our "favorites"."

Susan W User ID: 4125016 115960
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"Wow! Very tasty! I just steamed the cabbage in the microwave. quick and easy!"

euge1 User ID: 3773156 175514
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"loved recipe i added more spice and extra water and some rice ...would highly recommend"

ceb7418 User ID: 1224648 142180
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"My husband loved it!! Next time I would use italian stewed tomatoes instead of plain cut tomatoes & not quite so much oregano."

Rickone User ID: 3890996 115959
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"It's great. Instead of the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce I used a spicy spaghetti sauce to kick it up somewht."

womo User ID: 1554423 91439
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"We love this! So good and good for you!!"

vennet User ID: 2103056 163888
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2009

"This sounds very good, and I intend to try it soon; I'm Italian and I love cabbage!"

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