Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Casserole

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

From a free Penzey's recipe card... Edited 3/24/08 to add that I have now made this recipe for the first time. We really liked it, but found it a bit bland, so I doubled the amounts of vinegar and brown sugar and also added some ketchup to jazz it up a bit. Definitely a keeper, though!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground meat and drain off any grease. Add the chopped onion and cook for about 3 minutes, until the onions are softened.
  2. Add the cabbage and water and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the cabbage starts to wilt.
  3. Add the tomatoes, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, caraway seed and garlic. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover.
  4. Simmer until the cabbage is cooked to the desired tenderness, about 30 minutes. Serve with white rice.
Most Helpful

5 5

My family ate this right up. I used 1 1/2 lbs ground beef, 1 head cabbage, diced tomatoes and 1 cup tomato sauce, 2 tsp caraway and 3 tbs each vinegar and sugar. I made rice (1 cup dry) and stirred it in at the end, cooked for 10 more minutes.

5 5

My family really enjoyed this. It was MUCH LESS labor intensive than cabbage rolls but tasted just as good. I made a few modifications for my family as follows: used 93% fat free ground turkey and omitted caraway seeds and the water for a 14 oz can of chopped stewed tomatoes. Also added 3 Tbs of ketchup. I made this 3 days ahead of time so I did not simmer the ingredients at the end. I placed it into a sprayed casserole and covered until ready for use. Baked the casserole covered for 30 minutes at 350 and served with steamed white rice. My family loved it and it was a great make ahead meal!

5 5

I used this as well I got the recipe when I went to Penzey's in St. Paul, MN. I add more cabbage however, I think the spices are fine but I truly never measure anything...It was a real crowd pleaser even for my picky brother who came to dinner one night. I serve it over brown rice because I am a cabbage roll fan. Its basically the same but not all the work. LOVE IT.