QUICK AND EASY CABBAGE ROLL CASSEROLE

Total time: 1 hr | Serves: 8

This cabbage roll casserole is super easy and quick to make. It’s a filling, delicious casserole that has been a staple at home for years! A simplified version of the traditional cabbage rolls that you can easily make without a fuss.

INGREDIENTS

1 white onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 pounds of ground beef

4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

2 (24 ounces) jars of marinara sauce

1/2 tsp dried dill

1/2 tsp dried sage

1 tsp dried thyme

1 medium head (2 pounds) cabbage, shredded

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 c. cooked white rice

1 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, grated

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

How to make Quick And Easy Cabbage Roll Casserole

Step 1: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 375 degrees F. Using butter or non-stick spray, grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

Step 2: Cook the ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium heat until browned. Add the garlic and continue to cook for another minute.

Step 3: Drain the excess grease. To the meat mixture, add 1 jar of marinara sauce, thyme, dill, sage, and season with salt & pepper. Bring everything to a boil. Once boiling, decrease the heat and put the lid on. Let everything simmer for about 5 minutes. Then, add the bacon and rice. Stir well and take the pan off the heat.

Step 4: With 1/3 of the cabbage, line a baking dish and evenly top with the meat/rice mixture. On top, add another 1/3 of the cabbage followed by the rest of the meat mixture and the other third of the cabbage. On top, pour the rest of the marinara sauce. Tightly cover the dish with aluminium foil.

Step 5: Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes. Uncover and resume baking for another 10 to 12 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and melted.

Step 6: Remove from the oven when done and allow the casserole to rest for about 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!