Classic Stuffed Cabbage Casserole You Can’t Resist

Classic Stuffed Cabbage Casserole is a hearty and comforting dish that brings together the flavors of tender cabbage, savory ground beef, and tangy tomato sauce.

This recipe simplifies the traditional stuffed cabbage rolls by turning them into a casserole, making it easier to prepare while still maintaining all the delicious flavors.


Whether you’re craving a cozy family dinner or looking to impress guests at a potluck, this dish is sure to satisfy.


1 large head cabbage

1 lb ground beef

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup cooked rice

1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Prepare the Cabbage:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Cut out the core of the cabbage and carefully place the whole head into the boiling water.

Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the outer leaves are softened. Remove from water and set aside to cool.

Cook the Filling:

In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, cooking until softened.

Stir in the cooked rice, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Let simmer for 5 minutes.

Assemble the Casserole:

Once the cabbage has cooled, carefully remove 12 large leaves. Place half of the leaves in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Spread half of the meat mixture over the cabbage leaves. Repeat with another layer of cabbage leaves and the remaining meat mixture.


Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Remove the foil, sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the top, and return to the oven.

Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.


Let the casserole cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Enjoy hot!

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 1 slice

Calories: 275 kcal

Total Fat: 12g

Saturated Fat: 5g

Cholesterol: 50mg

Sodium: 580mg

Total Carbohydrates: 21g

Dietary Fiber: 4g

Sugars: 7g

Protein: 20g


1. Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?

Yes, you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef if you prefer a leaner option.

Just be aware that it may alter the flavor slightly.

2. Can I make this dish ahead of time?


You can assemble the casserole up to a day in advance and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake it.

Just add a few extra minutes to the baking time if it’s cold from the fridge.

3. Can I freeze leftovers?

Yes, this casserole freezes well.

Once it has cooled completely, portion it into individual servings and store them in airtight containers in the freezer for up to 3 months.

4. Can I use a different type of cheese?


While mozzarella cheese adds a classic flavor, you can experiment with other cheeses like cheddar, provolone, or even feta for a unique twist.

5. How do I reheat leftovers?

You can reheat individual slices in the microwave for a quick meal, or for a crispier texture, heat them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until warmed through.

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