Budget-Friendly: Easy Cabbage Roll Casserole

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Looking for a delicious and budget-friendly meal idea? This Easy Cabbage Roll Casserole recipe is a must-try! Made with simple ingredients and minimal prep, this dish is perfect for busy weeknights or when you want a comforting meal without breaking the bank.

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Budget-Friendly: Easy Cabbage Roll Casserole

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 45 mins Total Time 1 hr
Servings: 6 Calories: 247
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


The casserole is packed with flavor, featuring tender cabbage, savory ground beef, rice, and a rich tomato sauce. It's a family-friendly dish that will have everyone asking for seconds! Follow along with our step-by-step instructions to create this hearty and satisfying meal that is sure to become a new favorite in your household.



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  1. Add oil to a pan over medium high heat. Place the beef in, break up, and fry until cooked though and browned. 

  2. Push the beef to one side of the pan and add in the onion and garlic. Stir and saute until fragrant. This should take about 2 minutes or so. 

  3. Pour in the tomato sauce. Reserve about 1/3 in the bottom of the can. Stir until well combined. Season with salt, pepper, hot pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning. Stir once again until well combined. Simmer for a few minutes until sauce is heated though. Add in the rice and stir one more time.

  4. Add a layer of cabbage to the bottom of a casserole dish - enough to cover the bottom. Follow this by a layer of meat sauce. Repeat 1 or two times depending on the size of your dish. The top layer should be the cabbage. Pour the remaining sauce over the top. 

  5. Cover with aluminum foil and place in a 375 degree F preheated oven for about 45 minutes. 

  6. After 45 minutes, remove the foil and spread the mozzarella over the top. Place back in the oven for an additional 5 or 10 minutes until the cheese is melted. 

  7. Garnish with dried or fresh parsley and/or Parmesan. Serve and enjoy your budget friendly easy cabbage roll casserole. 

Nutrition Facts

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 247kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Trans Fat 0.6g
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 944mg40%
Total Carbohydrate 17g6%
Dietary Fiber 3.7g15%
Sugars 6.1g
Protein 6.5g13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.


  • You can use either white or green cabbage for this recipe. Green cabbage is more common, but white cabbage works just as well.
  • To make this dish vegetarian, simply omit the ground beef and use a meat substitute or add more vegetables like mushrooms or lentils for protein.
  • Feel free to add extra spices or herbs to customize the flavor to your liking. Paprika, garlic powder, or Italian seasoning would all be great additions.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until heated through.
  • This casserole also freezes well. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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