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Easy Cabbage Casserole Recipe to Make Tonight

Cabbage casserole is one of those lazy weeknight dishes that’s incredibly satisfying.

This casserole has all the flavor of cabbage rolls without any rolling. With tender cabbage, hearty ground beef, and a crispy crust, everyone will love this dish.

Creamy Cabbage Casserole with Mushrooms, Herbs and Ground Beef
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Plus, it’s super affordable, and you can enjoy the leftovers throughout the week.

This casserole is a great option if you want to feed a group while keeping the price low.

Go grease your baking dish, and make this delicious casserole tonight!

Cabbage Casserole

Cabbage rolls are the perfect comfort food, but they take a lot of effort. This recipe delivers all the cabbage roll feels, but it’s so easy.

And I think it’s even tastier than cabbage rolls!

It’s packed with ground beef and cabbage, and savory seasoning. But it also has gooey cheese and a crispy butter cracker crust.

It’s easy to whip up on a hectic weeknight when you’re pressed for time.

Even the picky eaters in the house will gobble down their veggies when this recipe is on the menu!

Homemade Cabbage Casserole with Cream of Mushroom Soup and Ground Beef

Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this delectable dinner:

  • Ground beef – Any type of ground beef works in this recipe, as long as you drain away the extra fat. Use 85% lean and 15% fat ground beef for a good balance of flavors. You can also use ultra-lean or ground turkey.
  • Cabbage – Cabbage is super affordable. You need roughly chopped cabbage for this recipe, so I suggest chopping it yourself. Bagged shredded cabbage is too thin and will disintegrate in the oven.
  • Onion – Use any type of onion you like, but yellow onions remain sweet and flavorful even after a trip in the oven.
  • Margarine or butter – The butter type doesn’t matter if it’s melted. You can use dairy butter or opt for a plant-based substitute. Just be sure it’s unsalted so you can control the salt levels.
  • Salt – A little dash of salt helps bring out the richness in those veggies.
  • Mayonnaise – I know adding mayo sounds strange, but trust me on this one. It adds a rich creaminess to this dish.
  • Cream of mushroom soup – Adding a can thickens the casserole and adds such wonderful, earthy flavors.

Topping

The topping is the best part! It adds buttery, crunchy notes to this super-savory dinner dish.

  • Margarine or butter – The topping is like a streusel crumble, so you need just enough butter to mind all the cheese and crackers.
  • Butter-flavored crackers – I like Club Crackers because they’re so incredibly buttery and delicious.
  • Sharp cheddar cheese – For the ultimate gooey finish, use a block of cheese and shred it yourself. The pre-shredded cheese doesn’t melt as easily.
Homemade Cabbage Casserole with Ground Beef and Mushrooms

How to Make Cabbage Casserole

This recipe requires very little effort. Here’s a quick rundown of how easily it comes together.

1. Prepare. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9×13 casserole dish.

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2. Cook the ground beef. In a saute pan, cook the ground beef over medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Then, drain the excess grease and set it aside.

3. Add the veggies to the casserole dish. Place the cabbage, onion, and melted butter in an even layer.

4. Mix the ground beef and creamy ingredients. Add cream of mushroom soup and mayonnaise in a large mixing bowl until combined. Then, stir in the ground beef.

5. Make the cheesy topping. In a small mixing bowl, combine the crushed buttered crackers, cheese, and butter.

6. Layer everything together. Layer the ground beef mixture over the cabbage. Then, sprinkle the cheesy crackers on top in an even layer.

7. Bake. Bake the casserole for 45-50 minutes. Remove it from oven, and enjoy!

Variations

These simple variations take this casserole over the top. Whether you want more cheese, spice, or a healthy alternative, I have you covered.

  • Give it a healthy twist. Making simple swaps can make this classic comfort food a little more healthy. Opt for a leaner ground beef, or use ground turkey or chicken. You can also use low-fat mayo and plant-based butter.
  • Go crazy with cheese! While sharp cheddar is rich and flavorful, you don’t have to stop there. Try adding mozzarella, Colby Jack, or a mixture of all three.
  • Make it spicy. If you want to add a little spice, chop jalapenos and add them to the cabbage mixture. Or, you can toss in a few red pepper flakes to add some heat to this dish.
Savory Cabbage Casserole with Mushrooms and Herbs

Serving Suggestions

Wondering what to serve with this delicious casserole? Check out these tempting side dishes:

Ina Garten Greek Salad

A good garden salad is a great complement to this rich and savory dish. Ina Garten’s Greek salad is the perfect balance of fresh flavors.

Seriously, this isn’t your average side salad. It’s chock full of tasty additions like black olives, cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and tangy feta cheese.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Bring on the veggies! Crispy Brussels sprouts pair perfectly with this casserole.

And you can use fresh or frozen sprouts to make your life easier.

Rosemary Potatoes

Potatoes are the ultimate side dish to any hearty meal.

These rosemary-roasted potatoes are so good, they might steal the spotlight. They’re rich and garlicky with a kick of spice from the fresh rosemary.

Storing, Freezing, and Reheating

The great thing about this recipe is there are always leftovers! And don’t worry, storing and reheating this casserole is super easy.

To Store: Allow the casserole to come to room temperature, and cover it with a lid or plastic wrap. They will keep fresh for up to 4 days in the fridge.

To Freeze: You can freeze this casserole for up to 3 months! When ready to serve, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

To Reheat: For the entire dish, place it in the oven at 350 degrees and reheat for 15-20 minutes. Or, reheat a single serving in 1-minute increments in the microwave.

Easy Cabbage Casserole Recipe to Make Tonight

Servings

10

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour
Calories

355

kcal

This cabbage casserole recipe is cheesy, creamy, and delicious! If you love cabbage rolls, you’ll flip for this easy casserole.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 small cabbage, coarsely chopped

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 (10-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup

  • Topping
  • 1 1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted

  • 30 butter-flavored crackers, crushed (Club Crackers)

  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick spray or butter.
  • Add the ground beef to a skillet over medium heat. Crumble the meat and cook it until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Drain the excess fat and set aside.
  • Toss the cabbage, onion, melted butter, and salt in the greased dish until well coated. Be sure to spread the mixture evenly in the bottom of the dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the mayonnaise and mushroom soup. Then, add in the cooked ground beef.
  • Mix the melted butter, crushed crackers, and shredded cheese in a bowl for the topping.
  • Spread the beef and soup mixture evenly over the buttered cabbage and onions. Then, sprinkle the cheese and cracker mixture on top in an even layer.
  • Bake it for 45-50 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
  • Serve it and enjoy!

Notes

  • For extra flavor, sauté the onion and cabbage in butter before assembling the casserole.
  • Substitute cream of chicken or celery soup for mushroom soup if desired. Or mix and match.
  • Add shredded carrots or peas for more veggies.
  • Switch up the crushed cracker topping by using crushed potato chips, fried onions, pretzels, or even cornflakes for crunch.
  • Substitute ground turkey or chicken for the ground beef for a lighter version.
  • Add chopped jalapeño or hot sauce to the ground beef while cooking for a kick of heat.
  • Garnish it with fresh herbs like parsley, chives, or dill before serving.
  • Storage: Let the leftovers cool completely before storing. Cover and refrigerate them for up to 4 days.
Cabbage Casserole

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

2 thoughts on “Easy Cabbage Casserole Recipe to Make Tonight”

  1. Hi
    I would like to know if I should buy an instaPot or a air fry. I sure dislike cooking steaks on a pan on the stove. What a mess it makes. Can a good stead have a good result with InstaPot. Thank you
    Suzie

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    • Hi Suzie! I love both my air fryer and my Instant pot. And I've had luck with both cooking steaks. To make steak in an Instant Pot, you'd need to sear it first, then move the steaks to the trivet and add some water to the pot. Pressure cook for 3-5 minutes. This method is a lot like searing a steak and finishing it in the oven but it's all done in the Instant Pot! Just keep in mind, it's hard to control the cooking when the lid goes on. So you'd need thick steaks to keep them from over cooking. Hope this helps!

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