Too lazy for stuffed cabbage rolls?

by on November 16, 2008 in Meal Planning & Recipes

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One of the things that I learned this summer was how to get creative cooking with all of the veggies that I got from my CSA vegetable club each week. Using up and cooking with fresh, local produce for 25 weeks out of the year can be a challenge, but is worth it!

Cabbage was always a challenge, because I didn’t know what to do with cabbage other than make coleslaw. After having coleslaw out the wazoo for a week or two, I got online and found an awesome recipe for a casserole that tastes like cabbage rolls, but without all the work!

I found it on and wanted to share it here, because I am actually making two pans of it today with the last of my cabbage from the club.


1 lb. ground beef
1 lg. onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped (optional — I don’t add this personally)
3/4 c. plain raw rice
1 sm. head green cabbage, chopped coarsely
1 can tomato soup plus 1/2 can water
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce

Saute hamburger and onions until meat is done and onions are transparent. Add green pepper (if desired) and cook 3 minutes more. Salt and pepper to taste. Drain.

Mix all other ingredients together. Rice will cook as dish cooks. Add meat and onion mixture. Place in casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees about 1 1/2 hours or until most of the liquid is cooked down.

A delightful meal-in-one that reduces all the toil of making stuffed cabbage.

The one thing that I will note is that the first two times we made this, most of the rice did indeed cook itself all the way, but not all of it did. I don’t know if this is because we used a hard long grain rice instead of something like a raw Minute Rice, but you may want to cook your rice first just in case. That is what I am doing today.

Enjoy! It’s TASTY!

[note: this post was originally written on my personal blog, and has been shared here because the content is relevant to the journey I have been on to reshape my attitude toward spending, saving and managing my resources more wisely. It is possible that additional edits may have been made to clarify or expand points.]

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