Cabbage Roll Casserole

Cabbage Roll Casserole

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Years ago, I remember attending a family gathering at my grandmother’s rustic cottage. As the tantalizing aroma of something delightful filled the air, the whispers among the family were unanimous – Grandma was making her famous cabbage roll casserole. With every bite, her recipe would take us on a nostalgic journey of our ancestry. It wasn’t just about the food; it was about love, memories, and the shared joy of being together.

Recently, I had a delightful dinner at my neighbor’s place. And guess what was served? A dish strikingly similar to Grandma’s cabbage roll casserole! A wave of memories washed over me, and I realized that some recipes cross the boundaries of households and are treasured universally. So today, I’m sharing my version, inspired by a fusion of both experiences.

How to Prepare Cabbage Roll Casserole


  • 2 lbs of minced beef
  • 3.5 lbs of finely chopped cabbage
  • 1 can (29 oz) of pureed tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 1 cup raw white rice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cans (14 oz each) of beef stock


  1. Start by setting your oven to 350°F (175°C) to preheat.
  2. In a large skillet, heat it over medium-high flame. Add the minced beef and cook until it’s browned, typically 5-7 minutes. Make sure to discard the excess fat.
  3. In a spacious bowl, toss in the cabbage, pureed tomatoes, onions, rice, and salt. Mix well before folding in the cooked beef.
  4. Transfer this mixture to a 9×13 baking dish and pour the beef stock uniformly over it.
  5. Cover the dish with foil and place it in the oven. Bake for about 60 minutes.
  6. After an hour, give it a gentle stir, cover again, and continue baking until the cabbage softens and the rice cooks perfectly, roughly an additional 20-30 minutes.
  7. Once done, take it out and let it sit for a couple of minutes before serving. Savor the flavors of tradition!

Cabbage Roll Casserole in plate

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I prepare Cabbage Roll Casserole in advance?

Absolutely, you can prepare Cabbage Roll Casserole ahead of time. Simply assemble the casserole, cover it, and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. This convenience allows for easy meal planning and preparation. Just ensure you add a bit more time to the baking process, as the casserole will start off cold.

What’s the best method for layering the casserole’s ingredients?

To achieve the best flavors and textures, begin by combining the cabbage, pureed tomatoes, onions, rice, and salt in a large bowl. Next, fold in the cooked beef and then transfer this well-mixed concoction into a 9×13 baking dish. Evenly pouring the beef stock over ensures that the rice cooks perfectly and the flavors integrate beautifully during baking.

How can I vary the Cabbage Roll Casserole recipe?

Introducing variations to the Cabbage Roll Casserole is simple. Consider adding spices like paprika or garlic powder, swapping beef for ground turkey or pork, or incorporating extra vegetables such as carrots or bell peppers. For a delightful twist, sprinkle cheese over the casserole in the last few minutes of baking to create a deliciously cheesy crust.

Should I stir the casserole while it bakes?

Indeed, stirring the casserole after the first 60 minutes of baking promotes even cooking of the rice and cabbage, avoiding any uncooked rice or too-crunchy cabbage. Simply cover the dish again post-stirring to conclude the baking process.

Can I freeze the Cabbage Roll Casserole?

Yes, freezing Cabbage Roll Casserole is a great option. Ensure it cools down completely before you wrap it tightly with foil or place it in a freezer-safe container. It stays good for up to 3 months. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven until it’s thoroughly warmed.

What side dishes complement Cabbage Roll Casserole?

Pairing Cabbage Roll Casserole with crusty bread, a fresh green salad, or steamed vegetables enhances your dining experience. These sides offer a lovely balance to the casserole’s hearty flavors without competing with its comforting nature.

Can ground chicken replace beef in the casserole?

Certainly, ground chicken, or even turkey, makes a fantastic alternative to beef, offering a lighter option while still maintaining the dish’s satisfying essence.

How long can I keep the casserole in the fridge?

When stored properly in an airtight container, the casserole will remain fresh for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

How can I ensure the rice is perfectly cooked?

Ensuring the casserole is well-covered during baking is crucial as the steam generated helps cook the rice thoroughly. If the rice seems a bit firm towards the end, don’t hesitate to add a splash more broth or water to achieve the perfect texture

Cabbage Roll Casserole

Cabbage Roll Casserole

Savor the taste of homemade Cabbage Roll Casserole. A classic recipe with tender cabbage, flavorful meat, and rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 19 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 34 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 1/2 pounds chopped cabbage
  • 1 29 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 14 ounce cans beef broth


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and gather all ingredients.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease.
  • Combine cabbage, tomato sauce, onion, rice, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in cooked ground beef. Pour mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish, then pour beef broth over top.
  • Cover and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.
  • Stir, re-cover, and bake until cabbage is tender and rice is done, 20 to 30 minutes more.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!
Keyword Cabbage, Rice

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