Cabbage Roll Casserole (Crock Pot Version!)!

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Cabbage Rolls are delicious!  I grew up on cabbage rolls made by my mom and grandma!

Recently, I’ve been making a cabbage roll casserole…  so much quicker than rolling up the rolls themselves and equally delicious!

Here is one of my favorite things about recipes!  You start with one thing and along the way the recipe gets tried and modified and shared and passed on.  Finally, you may end up with something else that was just as wonderful or sometimes even better!

Last week, a reader had asked me if my Cabbage Roll Casserole recipe would work in the slow cooker…  I hadn’t tried it!  Well, Sue tested it out and I knew I had to try it out right away!  I had a couple of different items in my pantry so I modified it a tiny bit further but let me tell you, the results were AMAZING!!  This is my favorite cabbage roll dish yet!  So a special thank you to Sue for inspiring this yummy recipe, you won’t be disappointed!

If you’re looking for another hearty dinner idea, be sure to check out my Cabbage Roll Soup recipe!

Cabbage Roll Soup!

 

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Crock Pot Cabbage Roll Casserole

Deliciously easy, this Cabbage Roll Casserole recipe cooks up in the slow cooker all day. All of the flavor without all of the fuss, this is sure to become a regular in your dinner rotation!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef or pork (or a mixture of the two)
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 1 (15oz) can tomato sauce, divided
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 3/4 cup long grain white rice , uncooked
  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Brown beef or pork, onion, garlic and seasonings over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain.
  2. Add 1 cup tomato sauce, 1 cup water and 1/2 can of tomato soup and diced tomatoes to the beef.
  3. Stir in rice, and mix well until heated through. Remove from heat.
  4. Chop cabbage into 4 wedges and remove core. Chop into chunks (mine were about 3/4″x1.5″).
  5. Layer 1/2 of the meat mixture and 1/2 of the cabbage in the slow cooker. Repeat layers.Place half the meat and then half the cabbage in cooker.
  6. Combine the remaining tomato soup, remaining tomato sauce and 1/3 cup water. Pour over top of cabbage.
  7. Cook on low 4-6 hours or just until rice is cooked. Once done, turn slow cooker off, sprinkle cheese on top and let sit 10 minutes to set and melt cheese.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 sesrvings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 399 Calories

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Deliciously easy, this Cabbage Roll Casserole recipe cooks up in the slow cooker all day. All of the flavor without all of the fuss, this is sure to become a regular in your dinner rotation!

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179 comments on “Cabbage Roll Casserole (Crock Pot Version!)!”

  1. Please review this recipe and make the correct changes. Can not follow recipe as written.

  2. Hi,

    I’m about to make this but I’m unsure of one of the ingredients. The recipe says 1 can of tomato sauce. What exactly is that??? I’m in Australia and a can of tomato sauce is not something we’re familiar with. A can of tomato paste (concentrated tomato) maybe but not tomato sauce.

  3. Can it be made in a casserole dish and frozen? (Instead of crock pot). Probably an obvious answer but I don’t know. Learning. Thanks

    • While I haven’t tried freezing it I do think that would work. However, I have made it as a casserole and it is wonderful! You can get the Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe here!

    • I have frozen and it was delish!!!!

    • I was wondering if you did freeze it and how it turned out! I think it would be fabulous and not take as long to cook. When cabbage is frozen it breaks down somewhat so it’s “cooked” more when it thaws.
      I learned this when making the rolled cabbage rolls. Instead of boiling the cabbage head and pulling off the partially cooked leaves you freeze the head and when it’s thawed the softened leaves come off easily.
      I’m making this recipe today as is except for the thyme and paprika (we never used these seasonings in our rolls also, I don’t have thyme). I’m sure it’s going to be fantastic!

      • Oh, and why would you put mozzarella cheese on it? My Polish mother would be rolling in her grave! It truly Isn’t necessary.

        • You don’t have to put it on there. I’m sure your Polish mother would be gracious…I know my grandmother would. It’s something lost on people today.

  4. I am so anxious to make this one. I make the Un-stuffed Cabbage Roll which is great. We love any dish with cabbage. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I use this recipe but I do change it up a little. I use all of the items but I drain the diced tomato and add 6oz of a stout beer. The beer really adds an extra layer of flavor to this dish. DO NOT use a light beer or an IPA. Use only a stout, dark ale or a black beer.

  6. About how many servings does this make and can it be frozen for another meal?

    • This recipe makes about 8 servings.

      I have not frozen this before but I do think it would work! I would actually prepare it exactly as directed up to the baking part ensuring that the pan you choose isn’t too deep. Freeze it covered and well sealed.

      To bake it, I would try cooking right from frozen and add an additional 45min onto the cooking time. Double check that the center is hot before adding the cheese mixture.

      Please let us know how it works for you!

    • Hey holly?
      I am making this right now, I am just wondering how long it usually takes for the cabbage to cook in the slow cooker

  7. Hi! I love the sound of this recipe but was wondering what size crock pot you used…if smaller than a 7 quart, could you double the recipe? Thanks!

  8. Both of these recipes (crock and non-crock) sound really good! Thought I’d give this one a try first, as I like crock recipes in the (hot) summer. I did notice you changed the cheese type for this one vs. the original recipe. Wondering why? Does Mozzarella lend better in the crock than the Gruyere or Jack from the original recipe? Thanks for posting this. I’m anxious to try it!

    • To be honest JoAnne, I think either would work equally well. I personally changed it in the second recipe because it happened to be what I had on hand and I thought the mozzarella would have a milder flavor than Gruyere. (I do love Gruyere however in this case I wanted to try something milder.)

  9. Do you think an extra can of tomato sauce could be substituted for the tomato soup? I am not a fan of tomato soup.

  10. Looks so easy that I am making it for dinner!

  11. I’ve been seeing cabbage roll recipes popping up lately, and I love that yours is a casserole…and in the slow cooker! Definitely giving this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Thank you for this recipe I made it meatless using MorningStar crumbles and I used two thirds of the head of cabbage, there was just too much to go in the crockpot.
    It was absolutely delicious I really enjoyed it!

  13. I am making with a Spanish twist…(because I made Spanish rice last night and a homemade black bean and corn salsa) ….so all that is going in the pot, and the meat is a round steak I had marintated and grilled for the burittos….sounds good in theory! We shall see! :)

  14. I love cabbage rolls and this is a great recipe. Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Your post has been pinned with the party!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. Thank you for sharing this sounds delicious. I wonder pasta work the same as I’m not a rice fan? Maybe some bowties or rotini?

  16. Why pre cook the meat? It will cook in the slow cooker, save a step.

  17. Making this in my crock pot right now! My 6quart bowl is stuffed full! No way me & hubby and one child can eat it all tonight… Since its already started cooking I dont want to take any out to freeze but wondering if I can freeze it after its cooked?? I do that with chili and homemade soups quite often but unsure if I can do that with this?? :)

  18. tTHIS LOOKS SO GOOD, CAN I SUBSTITUTE 2 CANS OF TOMATO SOUP AND ELIMINATE THE TOMATO SAUCE, AS THAT REALLY BOTHERS MY STOMACH? ALSO CAN I USE PEPPER JACK CHEESE INSTEAD OF MOZZERELLA?

  19. I am so going to try this! Always make stuffed cabbage rolls, and sometimes you just don’t feel like boiling and rolling! I also add cooked crumbled bacon in my rolls, so I will add to this dish as well!! Adds a wonderful flavor to the meat..
    Thank you for a crock-pot recipe!!

  20. I love my cabbage rolls, But I have never had them without sauerkraut. It would work here,just add it in layers, with one on the bottom

  21. Using bottled spaghetti sauce instead of can tomatoes . I also substituted a 1/2 pound of turkey sausage for ground beef. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  22. This recipe is wonderful. I made it as posted. Taste just like grandmas stuffed cabbage but so much easier. I did the prep last night and put it all together in the crockpot this morning. Came home to a delicious hearty meal.

    Rating: 5
  23. Delicious!!!! Made this with grd pork, since that’s what I had. Used brown rice. Omitted the cheese. DH and I stirred some sauerkraut into our bowls with the cabbage. I will make this again and again.

    Rating: 5
  24. Trying this exact recipe i have had it on low for 4 hours and the cabbage is still hard.

  25. Why put cheese on it?? I have never heard of cabbage rolls having cheese. That really makes it fattening–don’t you think. ?? Some people are trying to regain their waistlines. lol

  26. Can I use Minute Rice It’s all I have available right now and its snowing I do not want to go out

    • I haven’t tried it with minute rice so I don’t know for sure how it would hold up. You might like to try slightly pre-cooking the cabbage for a few minutes to slightly soften it and then decreasing the cooking time a little bit so the minute rice doesn’t get too mushy.

  27. I just threw this together. I’m excited as I have never made cabbage rolls or otherwise…lol Always waited for my mom to make it.
    I can’t have rice, so I used Quinoa instead. Hope it works. Wish me luck. lol :-)

  28. Could I use arborio rice?

  29. This was great! Only changes were to not cook the pork beforehand, just saute the garlic and onions and seasoning. Added cumin to the crock. Very good!

  30. can this be made in the new crock pot casserole slow cooker and if so, are there any adjustments in the cooking time. Thanks.

  31. This was a hit with my family. Easy to make and super tasty. I followed the recipe, substituting ground turkey only for the meat. I used Minute Rice (whole wheat). I topped the recipe off with a few shakes of Franks Hot Sauce for some kick and real Parmesan cheese flakes. I cooked for 6 hours on low and done to perfection. My family of 4 loved it and had seconds. Thank you. A favorite in my recipe box now.

  32. I’m making this recipe right now since I have a craving for cabbage rolls! Recipe looks great! I’m just wondering about the cooking time when you combine the rice with the meat and sauce over medium heat. What exactly is the cooking time prior to assembling all of the ingredients in the slow cooker?

    • Hi Mike, great question, I’m gong to update the post to make it more clear!

      It’s just a couple of minutes to heat the mixture. The rice fully cooks in the slow cooker!

  33. Excellent recipe, surprised at how easy and well it tastes. Used suggestions above (dark stout beer, and 1lb ground turkey, and 1/2lb lean beef, also used diced tomato’s with green chili’s).

    Thanks!

  34. I have made this 2 times now and it is awesome! I use maple sausage, the purple cabbage, and add mushrooms. I could eat it for days. Ty so much for this amazing recipe. =)

  35. Can you please adjust the print page so that the pictures will not show? It takes up quite a bit of ink.

    Thank you!!!

  36. I made this last night and it is delicious. I had to make a few minor changes to use what I had in the kitchen. I used sharp cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella. and minute rice instead of regular rice. I should have used regular rice because the rice was overdone when the cabbage was done. I’ll definitely be making this again. I have loved cabbage rolls since I was a kid and my mom made them. yummmmm.

  37. I am making this recipe right now!! I am so excited because I’ve never had a cabbage roll ever in Texas!! They sound amazing! I did add some frozen spinich into the meat and sauce mix and added chicken broth instead of water for more flavor!! Smells so good can’t wait till dinner! This filled my large crock pot to the brim! Thanks for a great recipe.

  38. I (joyfully) found a head of cabbage in the bottom of my fridge yesterday that I didn’t even realize I had. Luckily, it was still fresh, so I told my husband we’d be having some form of cabbage rolls today. I stumbled upon this recipe after I googled for recipes, and worked on assembling it while my daughters ate lunch today. YUM. I did take about a half hour of prepwork, but it was so worth it (and so easy). I just taste-tested a small amount of it to see how much longer it needs to cook, and it’s delicious!!

  39. Tomato soup has wheat in it so how would you adjust to make gluten free?

    • Because I don’t follow a gluten free diet I’m not exactly sure what products can be substituted.

      • I added small can of diced to tomato to replace the tomato soup . My son and grand son have to eat gluten free . I triesD that and seemed to work good.

    • You can take the total oz required in fresh tomatoes and put them in the blender to make your own puree! I use Romas and I don’t even peel them, I just cut them in half and throw them in and the blender chops everything up. Just add more seasonings to compensate for what isn’t in the canned goods, because this also eliminates a lot of salt and any in-house herbs or spices they’d put in at the factory. The tomatoes will cook in the slow-cooker so you don’t have raw tomato flavor at the end. It’s a great way to have a little more control over what goes into your food! :)

  40. I would like to make these for tomorrow and would like to know how to modify this recipe. I need to make this without the rice. Can you suggest how to modify this recipe. Thank you. Your follower from Canada’s nation capital.

    • If you would like to make this without rice you could add “cauliflower rice” or even quinoa in its place. To make cauliflower rice I chop it to the size of rice in my food processor and then fry it with a little bit of oil to remove the water.

      You may need to keep an eye on the liquid level to avoid having a watery casserole as the rice won’t soak any of the liquid up.

  41. Just put this all together, put in fridge and will turn on tomorrow before work! Looks delish!

  42. Hi, made this casserole in the crockpot last night and put in fridge. This morning I took it out of fridge and let it set for an hour before turning on to low. It cooked on low for 7 hours and on high for 2 hours. The rice is still crunchy. Other than the rice being crunchy the dish is great, any ideas as to what went wrong?
    Thank you : )

    • Hi Lynda,

      I’m not sure why your rice wasn’t cooked through, 7 hours on low should’ve been plenty of time to cook the rice through. Did you use regular white rice (brown may take longer to cook)?

      • Yes Holly, I used regular white long grain rice. The only reason I cooked it for so long was because of the rice tasting crunchy. I’ve never had a problem with cooking rice before so I’m totally puzzled!

        • I agree, it’s really unusual and I’m a little baffled because I’ve made this many times. I hope someone else has some advice as well.

          Did you add the water and undrained tomatoes? I’m trying to think of all of the things that could cause that (especially with white rice). I did some searching and all I could find was that not enough liquid can cause this issue. I’ll keep peeking and let you know what I find.

  43. I am so happy I stumbled upon this recipe! I pretty well stuck to the recipe as posted, except I added a little hot sauce, we like spicy! :)
    Put the slow cooker on high for 3.5hrs, and when I got home from work, an incredibly delicious meal was waiting!
    I can’t wait for hubby to try it later! :)
    Perfect recipe – thank you so much for sharing it!

  44. YES … I’ve used this recipe before and it can be frozen. Use a freezer to oven dish for storage …
    I always double the batch and freeze one. It’s nice to have one around in case of unexpected company. Take it from the freezer and pop it right into the oven. Be sure to give it enough time to heat through.

  45. I make something very similar, but since we are vegetarian, I replace the meat with either crumbles or TVP. I also replace the tomato sauce, water, and ketchup with my favorite spicy version of spaghetti sauce. It is soooo good.

  46. If I substitute the ground beef with ground turkey and eliminate the rice, do I need to make any changes to the measurements of the other ingredients? And would I need to cook it as long?

    • I have only made the recipe as written. If you eliminate the rice you may not need to cook it quite as long however the rice does absorb some of the liquid so your soup may not be quite as thick.

  47. I had such great hopes for this recipe. The pictures looked wonderful. I followed the recipe but it turned out to be a big mushy mess. I’m not sure what I did wrong. The taste was okay but a little bland. Sorry, I don’t think I’ll make this again.

    • I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this. We’ve made it so many times and it’s always great! It is possible your slow cooker cooks on the hotter side which would over cook the cabbage.

  48. Hello

    I am making this tonight and as I am on a diet, I need to record the nutrition value in my journal for my dietician….do you have that information?
    Thanks very much!

  49. Made this today and my family thoroughly enjoyed it! The only thing I did different was in mixed Xtra sharp cheddar cheese and mozzarella and let everyone put as much or as little on their serving. Made biscuits and iced tea and we are full as ticks!

  50. Omg I’ve got this in the crock pot now and it smells delicious. I can’t wait to dig in!!!

  51. I made this last night. So delicious! I used ground beef and and just a few extra spices and worchestershire sauce, and because we love garlic, used 5 cloves, otherwise, followed the recipe! Yum! Will make again. Thank You Holly!

  52. Recipes look delicious. Can’t wait to try them.

  53. Just love those Cabbage recipes for Soup, Cabbage rolls, and casserole will try and print them out Tks.

  54. # servings?
    Nutrition info?

  55. Do you happen to have the nutrition information for this recipe? (ie. Calories, fat, total carbs?).

  56. My husband is diabetic and we have found even with rice in this recipe it doesn’t impact his glucose levels. I’ve been going to try it using cauliflower rice but haven’t had the opportunity yet

  57. Loved it! Shared with my son in England. Thank you!

  58. Great looking recipe! I planning on making it vegan with Quorn instead of meat and throwing in some shredded Brussels sprouts that need using up. Thank you!

  59. I have never had cabbage rolls without adding sauerkraut to the recipe. I also use whole
    tomatoes and cut them up and do not use tomato sauce, just the juice in the big can of
    tomatoes and the sauerkraut with the juice as well. This is also one of my favorite dishes.
    Never thought of doing it in the crockpot but great idea.

  60. I have never had this without sauerkraut. I also use whole tomatoes with juice in large can, no tomato sauce or soup, with the sauerkraut and juice in large size as well. Never thought to try in a crock pot. Always made the rolls but it sounds easy so must try this.

  61. Can you use chicken and/or turkey instead of beef and pork?

  62. Your recipes look great, but. One perdo in our household absolutely hates rice, if there is anything that can be used instead of the rice, ? Thank you!

  63. i just made this …. didn’t have tomato soup but i used cream of celery …. it taste so good thank you for this recipe…. oh and we use cheddar cheese…..yummie

  64. The one change I’d make to this recipe is to at least double the amount of rice. We found when we tried this that the rice mostly ‘disappeared’ in the recipe. Mixed in some extra rice the day after with one of the containers we were using for leftovers, and it was much more ‘balanced’. Just our thoughts.

  65. Why does it look like rice sprinkled on top of the casserole

  66. Thanks for the recipe! I made this yesterday and would like to share few notes: Be sure your slow cooker is at least 4.5 to 5 quart capacity. Mine is a 4 quart and the juices kept overflowing onto the countertop. Also, since I used dried thyme (fresh vs dried is not mentioned in the recipe and I only had dried) I reduced the amount from a full teaspoon to just a pinch and the flavor was still very pronounced. The next day it was less prominent, but for the stuffed cabbage flavor I grew up with I’ll probably eliminate it completely next time. To make this gluten-free, I subbed tomato paste thinned with a bit of water for the condensed soup. Cheers from the beautiful mountains of Western NC!

  67. Excellent recipe! Easy to make, inexpensive, and filling. I only had instant brown rice and it worked fine without adjusting anything else. I will definitely make this again. I think I’ll add some dived potatoes nqext time.

  68. Can’t wait to try. Love crockpot meals and cooked cabbage

  69. If you are going to use instant rice, dont put it in until there is around an hour left.
    I put it in at the start, and the liquid broke down the rice down in to mush.

  70. What is the nutriton values, calorie, carbs

  71. I have made this for years the only thing I do differently is I’ll use tomato juice and or v8 juice and Motts Clamato juice!! It gives this recipe the best flavour and everyone loves them and ask how I get them to taste so fantastic and they also ask me for the recipe

  72. What do you do with the 28 oz can of diced tomatoes?   The recipe calls for 15 oz  of tomato sauce, a 28 ounce can of undrained diced tomatoes and a can of tomato soup. The instructions outline what to do with the tomato sauce and tomato soup, but nothing is said about  when to use the diced tomatoes. Please clarify? thank you :)

  73. Made this tonight and it wass excellent! Cabbage rolls without all the fuss and mess. 2 men complimented. I love not having to find a big cabbage to get the leaves large enough. This can be done easily with a small cabbage in no time.

  74. I have not made this recipe YET. I did make you unstuffed cabbage casserole last evening for dinner. It was great. I am not a fan of cabbage rolls. perhaps its all that work and my kids used to unwrap them. Now that we are empty nesters – I can make what I want. My husband RAVED over this. I was telling my friend at lunch today and she asked could this be made in the crockpot. Can’t tell you how happy that I found you modified your recipe for the crockpot. Will try it in a couple weeks.

    • I am glad that you liked the recipe Adele! I hope when you try the crockpot version you love it too!

  75. Can I use red cabbage?

  76. Do you have nutrition info on this?

  77. I loved this dish

    Rating: 5
  78. Can’t wait to make Friday!! Looks great, love crock cooking.

  79. This looks delicious. Love stuff cabbage and this gets you the taste without all the prep!

    Rating: 5
  80. I also add a drained can of whole kernel corn. I serve it with fluffy mashed potatoes, yummy

  81. I made it and was great, then I actually froze the remainder to have later. I need to know can I freeze the leftover casserole?

    Rating: 4
  82. What if everything is thrown in raw all at once into crock?

  83. YOUR RECIPE SOUNDS GREAT, JUST AS WRITTEN.  JUST WONDERING IF IT MAKES YOU NUTS FOR PEOPLE TO REWRITE IT SO IT DOES NOT EVEN RESEMBLE THE ORIGINAL AT ALL AND SEND IT BACK TO YOU?

    • While I only try and test recipes exactly as written, I love hearing different ideas and seeing how people adapt the recipe to their tastes. It helps inspire future recipes and also helps readers who may be sensitive to certain ingredients. :)

  84. Found this receipe amazing. My family loved it an went for seconds.. I cooked for 6hrs an came out perfect. I did tho change/added some stuff… I did half an half on the meat (1/2 Italian ground sausage/ 1/2 ground beef-pork) and added green chilies. Also instead if 3/4 of long grain rice, I did 1cup… Will be making this again but will add a little more cabbage (I had a small head if cabbage). Thanks for posting this receipe…

    Rating: 5
  85. Made this today as written – very good and easy – will maybe use a dash of hot sauce too.  Will use again soon.  

    Rating: 5
  86. Why do all the recipes call for 1 1/2 # of hamburger? Hamburger comes 1# or 2#?????

  87. NO Cheese!!  Just as delicious as my homemade cabbage rolls but less work.  This is what I will do from now on.

    Rating: 5
  88. I did make this and sent a review but can’t find it.  This is an amazing dish and i can’t wait to fix it when company comes.  It was easy to do and the crock pot version is handy to have.  

    Rating: 5
  89. just like stuffed cabbage without all the fuss of boiling cabbage & rolling.great fall & winter dish.never make enough

    Rating: 5
  90. Hey Holly!! First off, I’m not a big fan, but a HUGE fan! I follow of your recipes! For the new year, I really need to loose weight and look for low carb recipes. Any ideas how I can modify this recipe besides the rice?

  91. I’m still cooking this recipe at 5 hours on high. The cabbage is still not to a tinder state. So 4-6 hours on low isn’t holding true for me. 

  92. I made the crockpot version of cabbage roll casserole for s unday dinner with my family. Only one person could eat it. The thyme absolutely ruined the entire dish. That was all you could taste and I didnt even use the whole amount the recipe called for.

    Rating: 1

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