Cabbage Roll Casserole

Cabbage Roll Casserole

This homemade cabbage roll casserole recipe has all the sweetness and the rich flavor of the traditional cabbage rolls but with less prep time. This recipe is super easy for those busy chefs and moms who don't have enough time to prepare dinner for the crowd.

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What you need:

Green cabbage


Ground beef

Dried thyme



Brown sugar

and more...


Begin by heating two tablespoonfuls of olive oil in a pot or a deep skillet on medium heat, stir-fry the onions for approximately 3 to 4 minutes until it softens, then add cloves garlic and let it cook for two more minutes.


Now, adjust the heat a notch higher, then add the ground beef. Sprinkle some pepper and salt to taste. Allow it to cook until it turns brown and fully drumbled


Once done, add and stir paprika, thyme, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar and leave it to cook for a few more minutes before adding the tomatoes and tomato sauce.


Pour about a quarter cup of water into the empty tomato sauce jar, swirl, and add it to the mixture.


Allow it to simmer for around 15 minutes, then add and stir cooked rice and remove from heat.


In a separate deep pan or large skillet, heat another two tablespoonfuls of oil on medium heat and add the sliced cabbages. Stir, turn, and lift using a pair of thongs until it's fully wilted and tender. Add enough black pepper and salt as it cooks and removes it from heat. This step normally takes around 10 to 12 minutes.


Lay half the cabbage on the bottom of the dish and press it down using a spoon


Layer cabbage with half of the beef mixture, then lay the other half and spread the remaining meat/sauce/rice mixture.


Carefully smooth-en the surface and cover the baking dish tightly with foil, and bake.


Bake for around 45 minutes in the preheated oven, remove the aluminum foil and delicately sprinkle the cheese on top.

Cooking Tips

Save cooking time by buying shredded cabbage.



If most of your family members are fans of cabbage rolls like mine are, you can make a double batch and freeze the extra dish. If you are a lazy cook, this will simplify your work as you will have something to eat the entire week.

Lastly, the beauty of cabbage roll casseroles is that you can add extra ingredients depending on your preference. For instance, you can add corn, peas, green onion, bell pepper, broccoli or cauliflower, canned beans, chicken peas, mushrooms, or asparagus.


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