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Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Transform traditional stuffed cabbage rolls into a crowd-pleasing casserole thanks to this easy meal featuring layers of ground beef, rice, cabbage, and cheese.

Serves 6
Ready in 75 mins
Prep time 20 mins
Cooking time 55 mins
660 calories per serving


> Cooking spray
> 1 (15.9 oz) pkg Nature's Promise® precooked Whole-Grain Brown Rice
> 1 tbsp olive oil
> 1 medium onion, finely chopped
> 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
> 2 tsp minced garlic
> 1 head green cabbage
> 1 (15 oz) can no-salt -added tomato sauce
> 1 (14.5 oz) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
> 1 (14 oz) can jellied cranberry sauce
> 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
> 1 1/2 cups reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
> 2 tbsp chopped parsley, to serve (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with the cooking spray. Heat the rice in the microwave according to package directions.
In a 12-inch skillet, heat the oil on medium-high. Add the onion and cook 3–4 min., until softened. Add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook 7–8 min., until beef is browned, stirring and breaking up beef with back of spatula. Add the garlic and cook 30 sec., stirring constantly. Season well with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, cut the cabbage in half; remove core and any wilted outer leaves. Roughly chop cabbage into 1-inch pieces. To a microwave-safe bowl, add cabbage and ¼ inch of water. Microwave for 6 min., until cabbage is tender. Drain.
To skillet, add the rice, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, cranberry sauce, and Italian seasoning. Using a spatula, break up cranberry sauce, stirring until combined. Simmer about 5 min., until hot
Add half of cooked cabbage to bottom of casserole dish and top with half of meat mixture. Repeat with remaining cabbage and meat mixture. Cover with foil and bake 20 min. Remove foil and top with the mozzarella. Bake, uncovered, for 20 min., until cheese is melty and starts to brown. Garnish with the parsley to serve, if desired.

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