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"Unstuffed" Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

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Updated August 22, 2019
Unstuffed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole
SERVES
8
SERVING SIZE
1 cup
COOK TIME
1 Hr

Have you ever heard of an unstuffed cabbage casserole? What about a stuffed cabbage casserole? Well, we decided to get a little creative and combine the two making a recipe for "Unstuffed" Stuffed Cabbage Casserole. It's packed with those cabbage flavors you love, but it's also made with a fuss-free weeknight dinner in mind. We know things can get hectic, but you shouldn't have to sacrifice your favorite flavors because of time constraints. Now, with our "Unstuffed" Stuffed Cabbage Casserole, you don't have to.

What You'll Need

  • 1 small cabbage, cored
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (15-ounce) can plus 1 (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce, divided
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked rice

What to Do

  1. In a soup pot over high heat, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. Place cabbage in water, cored-side down. Cover pot, reduce heat to low, and steam 20 minutes or until cabbage leaves pull apart easily. Drain, then chop roughly; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and onion 5 to 7 minutes or until browned. Add the 15-ounce can tomato sauce, the tomato paste, lemon juice, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and rice; mix well. Stir in cabbage, then place in a 9- x 13-inch baking dish. Place remaining tomato sauce over top, then cover with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake 30 minutes, uncover, and continue baking 10 to 15 minutes or until heated through.

Cabbage and it's Colorful History

Cabbage is a versatile veggie that we can do so much with. Not only is it a colorful food, coming in greens, reds, and whites, but it also has a colorful history. In fact, it can be traced as far back as the ancient Greeks, and then to 14th-century England, when the first round-headed version of cabbage appeared. Curious about when it came to America? Well, that's rumored to have happened between 1541-1542 when the French explorer Jacques Cartier brought them over on his third voyage. 

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Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 8

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 202
  • Calories from Fat 56
  • Total Fat 6.3g 10 %
  • Saturated Fat 2.4g 12 %
  • Trans Fat 0.4g 0 %
  • Protein 15g 29 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 37mg 12 %
  • Sodium 216mg 9 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 23g 8 %
  • Dietary Fiber 4.4g 18 %
  • Sugars 9.3g 0 %

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Can I make this in a crockpot if so how long do I cook it?

Hello! Yes, this recipe can be cooked in slowcooker on low heat for 7 to 8 hours or on high heat for 3 1/2 hours to 4 1/2 hours or until cabbage is tender. Hope this helps!

I have been making this since the 70's. I never boiled the cabbage before baking. I just mix all (meat has to be cooked a little bit)and then put in oven as directed. No need to parboil cabbage. Love this. So easy to make and so tasty !

Can I use ground turkey meat instead of ground beef?

Hi there! You can definitely used ground turkey as a substitute. Enjoy!

Delicious love the sweet sour taste use whole tomatoes cut up diced tomato sauce tomato soup or any combination can also add beef/ chicken broth or beef bouillon cubes but then be sure to allow for the extra bit of salt

It just wasn't very good at all.

I HAVE MADE UNSTUFFED CABBAGE BEFORE AND INSTEAD OF TOMATO SAUCE AND PASTE I USED TOMATO SOUP MUCH MORE TASTY.

INSTEAD OF BOILING THE CABBAGE I USE MY MICROWAVE IT IS FASTER AND WORKS GREAT. PUT CABBAGE IN SARAN WRAP AND COOK ON HIGH I HAVE A BETTER IDEA FOR THE CABBAGE. I COOK MY CABBAGE IN SARAN WRAP IN MY MICROWAVE ON HIGH FOR 10 MINUTES, TAKE OUT AND LET COOL A FEW MINUTES AND YOU WILL HAVE TO JUST PEEL THE CABBAGE LEAVES TO GET THEM OFF. FOR 10 MINUTES

It is hard to find recipes that our entire family will enjoy that are also low sugar and low carb for our diabetic family member. I do not use rice, nor the brown sugar. I use a can of tomato soup instead of tomato paste. It is wonderfully filling and our entire family loves it. I do not bake it, but I do let it simmer for about half an hour before serving. I also use about 1 tsp of greek seasoning and it works beautifully for this recipe. It is filling, and really comes close to being a comfort food, at least for our family..and best of all, EVERYONE loves it. Never any leftovers with this meal!

Why do I have to put this in the oven, when everything is already cooked?

Hi there! We like to put this recipe in the oven in order for the flavors to marry. You can also do this on the stove on LOW for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!

Been making this for years, instead of rolls I call it Polish Lasagna. I use my own stuffed cabbage recipe and just layer it in a deep casserole or loaf pan. Tastes the same and a LOT less work.

This great but I didn't add any sugar or tomato paste. I used a sweet onion and Hunts diced tomatoes with sweet onions. My husband love it and so did I.

Also left out the rice and lemon juice which made it have no carbs. Share this with my friends and family as well.

This was delicious. The cabbage was tender and tasty. I omitted the teaspoon of tomato paste since I didn't want to open a can to use that amount. To save the remainder in the freezer.. well,I'm the type that loses it in there. The flavor and texture was good even without the teaspoon of tomato paste. I will make this again.

Look for the Tomato Paste in a re-closable TUBE...I love it!!

PUT IT IN THE CROCK POT COOK ON HIGH FOR 3 OR 4 HOURS

My husband is German from Russia. So I often make traditional cabbage rolls. We loved this recipe and will definitely make it again. I didn't boil the cabbage but rather just put it in with the ground beef and onions and simmered it for a few minutes.

It is much easier and quicker to make stuffed cabbage. This was awful in taste (followed the directions precisely), appearance, and time. Cabbage was undercooked on top and needs much more seasoning. Will definitely not make again.

I love this stuff, I call it "Lazy Halupki".

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