Tried-and-True Meaty Cabbage Rolls Casserole Recipe Is for Lazy Days by Tanya Kuzmanovic

Tried-and-True Meaty Cabbage Rolls Casserole Recipe Is for Lazy Days

Being a huge fan of cabbage rolls, I was a bit leery when faced with this recipe for "lazy day cabbage rolls." But I'm happy to say this shortcut cabbage roll casserole recipe is worth its weight in gold! I may never make actual cabbage rolls again. Why would you, when this meaty casserole recipe is so easy and delicious?

This hearty dinner casserole recipe calls for one pound of ground pork, two pounds of ground beef and a head of sour cabbage, among other delicious ingredients. Sour cabbage is actually fermented cabbage that’s soaked in a brine for a few months (my parents make a vat of it every year). Sometimes you can find it for sale, but in a pinch you can buy a regular head of cabbage, freeze it, thaw it – the leaves will be very soft and pliable, similar to the leaves of sour cabbage. Then mix in some jarred sauerkraut to give it a bit of a sour flavor.

Serve this delicious gluten-free cabbage roll casserole recipe for dinner with sour cream or yogurt on the side (and pray for some leftovers)!

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours and 25 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 5 - 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 - 4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 head sour cabbage, cut into bite-sized chunks (see Recipe Notes)
  • 10 ounces (1 can) tomato soup
  • 28 ounces (1 large can) crushed tomatoes
  • 6 servings cooked rice
  • 2 smoked sausages, sliced into rounds

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Recipe Notes

  • Use your favorite style of smoked sausage.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a large skillet, saucepan or wok, brown the onion in oil before adding the meat, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and spices and continue cooking until meat is done, about 10 minutes.
  3. In large greased casserole dish, layer half the rice, topped with half the meat and top with half the cabbage. Repeat.
  4. Mix tomato soup with tomatoes and pour over the top.
  5. Arrange sausage rounds on top. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. Uncover and bake for approximately 1 hour more until hot and bubbly.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 605

Total Fat: 11.6g

Saturated Fat: 3.5g

Cholesterol: 52mg

Sodium: 1580mg

Total Carbohydrate: 95g

Dietary Fiber: 19.9g

Total Sugars: 27.3g

Protein: 34.4g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 372mg

Iron: 13mg

Potassium: 875mg

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Donna John
Love cabbage rolls and love sauerkraut. I've never heard of "sour cabbage" before. Interesting. Will have to keep an eye out for it. Thinking you may be able to buy it in an Asian market. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Tanya Kuzmanovic !
Elisa Schmitz
I grew up on my grandmother's old world cabbage rolls. I love knowing there's a lazy way to get the same taste. I'm going to make these for my dad. Thank you for the recipe, Tanya Kuzmanovic !

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