QUICK AND EASY CABBAGE ROLL CASSEROLE

Time: 1 hr | Servings: 8

Cabbage rolls are a favorite at home. Just like cabbage rolls, this cabbage roll casserole is also made with the same ingredients without the hassle of rolling! Chopped cabbage layered with the saucy filling and topped with cheese. This delicious casserole is a satisfying dinner that you can easily make at home!

INGREDIENTS

1 white onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

2 pounds of ground beef

2 (24 ounces) jars of marinara sauce

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried sage

1/2 tsp dried dill

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 c. cooked white rice

1 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, grated

1 medium head (2 pounds) cabbage, shredded

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 nonstick 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 the meat is completely cooked. Then, add the garlic and continue to cook for another minute.

Step 3: Drain any excess grease from the beef. Add 1 jar of the marinara sauce, thyme, dill, sage, salt, and pepper. Stir well and bring everything to a boil. Put the lid on and decrease the heat. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes before stirring in the bacon and rice. Then, take the skillet off the heat.

Step 4: With a third of the cabbage, line a baking dish. On top, evenly distribute the meat/rice mixture. Top with another third of the cabbage followed by the rest of the meat mixture and the remaining cabbage.

Step 5: On top, pour the rest of the jar of the marinara sauce. Tightly cover the dish with aluminium foil and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for about 45 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle the cheese on top. Return to the oven and continue baking for an additional 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.

Step 7: Serve and enjoy!