Cabbage Roll Casserole

This cabbage roll casserole is a perfect comfort food dinner! So much easier to make than traditional cabbage rolls and absolutely delicious!

Cabbage Roll Casserole being scooped from a white baking dish.

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a fork scooping Cabbage Roll Casserole from a white plate.

This recipe was photographed and updated 10/2023.

Cabbage rolls are such a comfort food. I've never made them myself, but I absolutely love grabbing them from Kramarczuk's every time I'm in Minneapolis. Their mushroom cream sauce is to die for!

Today I'm sharing the Americanized version of cabbage rolls, cabbage roll casserole! This casserole is such a great substitute when you can't have cabbage rolls from your favorite deli, or from mom or grandma. The flavor won't quite be the same, but it's one of those meals that makes you feel happy.

Other than some chopping and browning the ground beef, the oven will do all the rest of the work for you! Just mix, throw it all in the casserole dish, cover and bake!

Each bite has a great mixture of ground beef, tomato, cabbage and rice. The garlic, basil and onion add just the right flavor to the tomatoes and broth.

This delicious recipe will feed the whole family and then some. Leftovers are just as tasty and it's freezer friendly too! This can also be made in the slow cooker.

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Recipe tips:

  • This recipe can be frozen either before or after baking for up to two months. The night before you're ready to bake, remove from freezer and thaw in the refrigerator overnight. To bake, remove from the refrigerator and set the casserole on the counter for about 15 minutes. Preheat your oven and bake per recipe instructions. Additional time may be needed based on the amount of thaw time, etc.
  • This can also be made in the slow cooker. Prepare as directed, then mix all ingredients together in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours or high 3-4 hours. Rice and cabbage should be tender.

cooked ground beef, cabbage and rice in a bowl.

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You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • add crushed red pepper
  • use marinara sauce instead of tomato sauce
  • add shredded cheese on top after removing from the oven, or when serving
  • use fire roasted diced tomatoes instead of petite
  • add diced bell pepper
  • add diced cooked bacon

Cabbage Roll Casserole in a white baking dish before baking.

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Cabbage Roll Casserole in a white baking dish.
Yield 8 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
20 Min
Cook time
1 H & 30 M
Inactive time
10 Min
Total time
2 Hour

Cabbage Roll Casserole


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 - 29 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1- 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 ½ cups beef broth
  • 3 to 4 pounds cabbage, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a deep 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown the ground beef, crumbling it as it cooks. Drain grease, then stir in salt, pepper, basil and garlic. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and beef broth. To the bowl, add the remaining ingredients, including ground beef and stir to combine. Transfer the ingredients to the prepared casserole dish.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour. Uncover the casserole and carefully stir the contents of the casserole dish. Re-cover and continue baking for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the casserole from the oven and allow it to rest 10 minutes prior to serving.

Nutrition Facts




23.31 g

Sat. Fat

8.94 g


39.03 g


7.38 g

Net carbs

33.03 g


10.49 g


26.85 g


1315.33 mg


80.51 mg

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Cabbage Roll Casserole on a white plate.

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  1. I love this recipe is nearly the same, but I'll have to dig it out of my files. Thanks for sharing...and inspiring...and making my mouth water!

  2. I remember my mom making cabbage rolls. I loved them, but they seemed like a lot of work. This recipe takes all of the work out! Love it.

    Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen party! I look forward to seeing what you bring next week!

    Cynthia at

    1. This is so much easier! I love when I can save some time in the kitchen! :)

  3. I like this. Love, love, love cabbage rolls and this is such a great idea!

    We're having a party and this would be a great hit.

    Hope to see you there,

  4. When looking at the picture, it looks like you used diced tomatoes, however, none are listed in the recipe. Did you used any diced tomato? Would like to make this today and was wondering.

    1. Hi Susan! I do use one 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes! Just revised the recipe. Thanks so much! :)

  5. I love cabbage rolls though I haven't had them in a long, long time and I've never had it in casserole form. I'm saving (pinning) your recipe to try on my family in the near future. Thanks so much for sharing. Visiting you from Full Plate Thursday.

  6. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Absolutely excellent, thanks very much.

  8. How many does this serve and what is an approximate serving size?

  9. I love that you made this a casserole. I loved stuffed cabbage but don't have the patience to make it. This is perfect. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

  10. Sheena, I love cabbage rolls but am too lazy to make them.. this would be perfect. I found it on Blogger Showcase and will be pinning this and making it.

    1. Thanks so much for pinning, Marlys! I think you'd just love this recipe!

  11. Thank you so much for linking up at Top blogger showcase April 2013.

  12. This got something like 45 re-pins on pinterest. Yaye.....

  13. I did not like this recipe.. maybe I didn't cut the cabbage up small enough. After baking for over an hour the cabbage was still undercooked :(

    1. Sorry this recipe didn't work out for you. I do cut my cabbage into small pieces, and it turns out great for me every time. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. I wonder if this could be done in a crockpot?

    1. I've never tried it in a crockpot, but I think it would work great! Let me know if you try it! :)


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