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Cabbage Roll Casserole

close up shot of Cabbage Roll Casserole in a clear casserole dish
This cabbage roll casserole makes it easy to enjoy the taste of the original rolls, without any of the hard work.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 583 kcal

Ingredients
  

Meat Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced finely
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 14.5 ounces petite diced tomatoes undrained
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional

Rice

  • 1 cup minute rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Cabbage

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 head cabbage cored and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Toppings

  • cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • chopped parsley optional

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water, butter, and beef bouillon cube to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup minute rice and stir well. Cover pot and let sit until you are ready to use it in the meat mixture.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large soup pot over medium heat, add ground beef. Cook and crumble until no longer pink. Drain grease. Return beef to pot, add onions and garlic. Stir well. Let cook for 5 to 7 minutes while stirring often.
  • Add dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir well to combine. Let cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add water, Worcestershire sauce, diced tomatoes with their juices and tomato sauce. Stir well and turn heat to low and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Add cooked rice to the sauce mixture and stir well. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a separate large skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add cabbage, salt, pepper, and butter. Stir well. Let cabbage cook for 5 minutes or until the cabbage is starting to get tender.
  • Add your cabbage to the meat and rice mixture. Stir well to combine.
  • Dump cabbage mixture into a 9x13 baking dish and spread evenly with a spatula. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover with foil and cook for 40 minutes.
  • Uncover casserole dish and continue to cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese is starting to brown and the casserole juices are bubbling on the sides of the casserole.

Notes

Note: To make into a freezer meal, cook in the skillet and then place in a freezer bag to freeze rather than baking. When ready, let thaw, dump into the casserole dish, and finish as instructed.
 
Note: You can cook ground beef in bulk ahead of time. Store in the freezer until you are ready to use and then add to your recipe when called for. This saves some time browning the meat.

Nutrition

Sodium: 2036mgCalcium: 352mgVitamin C: 68mgVitamin A: 1229IUSugar: 11gFiber: 7gPotassium: 910mgCholesterol: 106mgCalories: 583kcalSaturated Fat: 17gFat: 39gProtein: 29gCarbohydrates: 32gIron: 5mg