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Tasty Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe

Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe

This delicious casserole is not only simple to make but delicious. It has all the flavours of traditional cabbage rolls but without all of the hassle involved. You just layer a few simple components and bake. Easy peasy.

  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 3 tsp canola oil, divided
  • ½ pound ground steak
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 medium head of cabbage, trimmed and hand shredded
  • 1 tin of diced tomatoes in tomato juice (14 1/2 ounces)
  • 8 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 1 TBS soft light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup of grated cheese (optional) (Cheddar, mozzarella, Jack, or a combination)


    1. Preheat the oven to 350*F.
    2. Spray a deep 9 inch square casserole dish with some canola cooking spray set aside.
    3. Heat a skillet over moderate heat. Add 1 tsp of the oil. Once it is hot crumble in the ground steak and scramble fry until it is brown and cooked through. Break it apart as it cooks. Remove and set aside.
    4. Add another tsp of oil to the skillet. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until soft and translucent. Add the garlic, thyme and paprika.
    5. Cook for about a minute then add the chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce, brown sugar, and cooked ground beef. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer over medium heat for about 15 minutes until slightly thickened.
    6. While the meat sauce is simmering, trim the cabbage and cut out its core, discarding. Hand shred the cabbage into strips. Add the remaining oil to a large saucepan and heat. Add the cabbage and cook over medium high heat, until the cabbage is wilted and semi-tender. This will take about 10 minutes.
    7. Stir the cooked rice into the thickened meat sauce.
    8. Layer the ingredients into the casserole dish as follows. Half the cabbage, half the meat sauce, remaining half of the cabbage and the remaining meat sauce.
    9. Cover tightly with aluminium foil and bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, until the casserole is beginning to bubble around the edges. Remove the foil and discard. Sprinkle the cheese over top and return the casserole to the oven for a further 20 minutes until the cheese has melted thoroughly and is turning golden.
    10. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting into squares to serve.
  • Author: Marie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Category: Lunch


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 400