Growing up making stuffed cabbages in the summer was a never-ending thing in our house. Since we had a big garden and grew mostly everything we ate, stuffed cabbages were abundant. They are pretty simple to make and 1 large head can feed a bunch of people. Well okay in my house maybe not as with 4 huge older brothers, a sister, parents and neighbors/friends dropping in we always had a ton. No really… like a TON! But it’s comfort food and just delicious. It’s something you make with just a few ingredients. It was inexpensive and filling.
Cabbage is one of those things that it’s a rather simplistic vegetable but the ways to incorporate it into a recipe are truly diverse. From basic cabbage and noodles to Asian dishes and the whole gamut in between! So when I was out I bought a head of cabbage with every intention of making stuffed cabbage rolls. Well a few weeks (*hangs her head* yes weeks) passed and I kind of forgot about this head of cabbage in my fridge. So when I re-found it, I kinda panicked that it may have gone bad and one thing I hate HATE is wasting food. Fortunately, it was still good. Whew! Since I was still a few weeks post-op, I didn’t have the energy to sit and roll a bajillion cabbage rolls. Sure Mr. Fantabulous would have done it as he’s been absolutely amazing during my whole surgery recovery but I’m that solo artist in the kitchen. It’s often, honestly, tough for me to ask for help. I’m stubborn and like things a certain way (clean as you go) and honestly, it’s like my domain. It’s where I find solace and comfort. I love having people in the kitchen with me but just sit and talk with me. I’ll ask you to chop or whatnot if I need you to but seriously just talk with me instead.
Anyway since I wasn’t up for the task of rolling them I decided to go unstuffed and make it like a lasagna. I mean seriously why not? It’s just layers of cabbage, meat mixture, and sauce. We know the leaves hold up cause they do when you wrap ’em, so why not in a lasagna type fashion?
This cooked up perfectly! Tender layers of cabbage, meat, rice, and sauce. Seriously this was so good that I didn’t miss rolling them at all. Actually, I may keep them this way from now on. It was so easy and took hardly any time to put it all together. I think the longest waiting time was cooking it. This is one of those dishes that take hours to cook, just like regular stuffed cabbage. So throw it on earlier in the day, go have some well deserved ‘me’ time and then enjoy the fruits of your labor for dinner.
Seriously, don’t you just want to dive into this picture fork first? I served this up with a heaping side of my Perfect Mashed Potatoes. God, I LOVE LOVE LOVE mashed potatoes with this red gravy it produces. So thick and tomato-y. LOVE IT!Print
Unstuffed Cabbage Lasagna
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- 1 medium size head cabbage (about 3–4 pounds)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 1 medium onion, chopped small
- 3 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoon Worcestershire
- 4 cups cooked, cooled rice (white or brown) – cook it in beef broth for better flavor!
- 3 10.75 ounce cans tomato soup (if using a deep dish pan with a 3” side use 4 cans)
- Preheat oven to 350F, rack in the center. Remove the core from cabbage. Place whole head in a large pot filled with boiling, salted water. Cover and cook 3 minutes, or until softened enough to pull off individual leaves. When the leaves are cool enough, use a paring knife to cut away the thick center stem from each leaf, without cutting all the way through.
- In a large bowl, add in the ground beef, pork, rice, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, eggs, ketchup, Worcestershire and parsley. Mix gently to combine. Add in 2/3rd of a can of tomato soup (almost 3/4 of a cup) and mix.
- In a glass 9×13” pan, spread out the remaining soup from the open can on the bottom of the pan. Open up the 2nd can and pour out 1/2 of it and spread out until the bottom of the pan is covered in a light coating. Lay down half of the leaves on the bottom of the pan – about 2 layers of leaves. Depending on how deep your pan is, spread out either all or half of the meat/rice mixture over top of the cabbage leaves evenly (in my pan I could only get 1 layer though if you have a deep-dish pan, go for multiple layers if possible). Top with the remaining half can of soup.
- If you using a standard size pan (not deep dish) cover with 2 layers of cabbage leaves and top with the remaining can of soup. If using a deep-dish pan, add a single layer of cabbage and the remaining meat following by the rest of the cabbage leaves. Be sure to leave enough leaves to cover the top. Cover with the remaining can of soup and spread out evenly. Spray the underneath of a large piece of foil. Place foil side down on the pan and close tightly around the dish. Place the pan on a larger cookie sheet to catch any spillovers. Bake for 3 – 4 hours or until the cabbage is tender when pierced with a knife.
Recipe Reviews & Comments
Candace Sterling says
Hi Lori- Miss STill a Novice in the Kitchen here: my Qs are- when you say ‘the underneath’ side of foil- do you mean that the shiny is the top, so we are spraying the matte side?
What is the diff w/ that anyway? Should we always use it shiny side up? (and spray is a good idea..I have had it stick…)
Actually when it comes to foil, there is no right or wrong way. https://www.thekitchenwhisperer.net/2018/05/29/aluminum-foil-what-is-the-right-side-to-cook-on/
The only difference in side is how it’s milled/processed. They don’t cook differently so spray whichever side you wish.
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Ellen Coleman says
I don’t like tomato soup at all , how much different do you thing it would be using a mild pasta ( spaghetti ) sauce ? I usually just plunge right in but right now money is a bit tight & wouldn’t want to waste food.
I would go with plain tomato sauce versus marinara as marinara may add too much spice to the mix.
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Karen Hilliard says
I just came upon your recipe and I’m so excited to try it. Do you think leftovers could be frozen, as my husband doesn’t eat it.
Yes it can! When I make my traditional stuffed cabbage I bake then freeze. This is the same way.
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