Cabbage Roll Casserole

I love cabbage rolls, but they are time consuming to make. I wanted something similar that was a bit simpler. So I made this recipe up the other night. It turned out really good and the family enjoyed it.

Cabbage Roll Casserole

1 medium head cabbage, chopped
2lbs hamburger
1 medium onion, chopped
4 or 5 cloves garlic, chopped
1T Italian seasonings
2 14oz cans diced tomatoes
salt, pepper to taste
1 cup grated cheese (of your choice, I used cheddar but mozzarella would be great as well)

Put chopped cabbage in a stock pot with a small amount of water. Heat to boiling, turn heat down, cover and simmer until the cabbage is soft. Drain.

While the cabbage is simmering cook hamburger, onions and garlic in a large frying pan until hamburger is not longer pink and onions are soft. Add diced tomatoes, Italian seasonings along with salt and pepper (taste to adjust salt to your liking).

After the cabbage has drained combine it with the hamburger mixture. Pour into a 9x13 pan. Top with grated cheese.

Bake at 375 for 30 to 40 minutes.. until everything is hot and bubbly and cheese is melted.

Let sit for 15 minutes or so before serving. Serve over rice.

NOTES: I found this to be very juicy. But that seemed fine as we were serving it over rice. Another option would be to add 2 or 3 cups of cooked rice to the mixture right before baking it. The only thing I would consider is that you would either need to cut the recipe in half and then add the rice or put it all into a bigger sized pan such as an 11x15 size. 

Also, in the future I think I'll add a 1/2 teaspoon or so of red pepper flakes to give it a little bite.  But that is totally optional.


  1. This is just what I need to make for dinner tonight. I have a huge cabbage (beach ball size) that I need to cut up and start using. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is definitely more my speed than making the rolls. I have half a cabbage I need to use so I'm thinking I need to try this, too.

  3. my mom used to make something like this. she called it Not-Stuffed Cabbage. thanks for the trip down memory lane. she passed 12 years ago--and not a day goes by that i don't think of her. you're never old enough to lose your mom.

    1. I agree.. I lost my mom ... 19 years ago.. and my dad.. 11 years ago... You never forget them.. they are always gone.. and always in your heart.. <3 Crystal


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