This German Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole recipe is a savory and delicious casserole filled with your favorite cabbage roll flavors. With perhaps a couple of new additions. But simply prepared, perfect for busy nights.
What is Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole?
Similar to German Kohlrouladen (stuffed cabbage rolls,) this recipe is simply everything you love in a cabbage roll, unstuffed. Flavored with cardamom, oregano, and paprika, sweetened with freshly chopped apples.
For some reason, I crave cabbage rolls in the spring (when the cabbage is producing in the garden) and fall when cozy comfort food is the order of the day.
And while I love nothing better than a juicy, savory cabbage roll, such a treat, sometimes there isn’t time for boiling, wrapping, and then baking or steaming rolls. Although I love the process when I have time.
There is a Plan B. It’s a quicker, easier, yet just as tasty and delicious option.
And… Plan B delivers all of the familiar, comforting, and savory flavors, with the convenience of an unstuffed cabbage casserole.
Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole Meal Prep Ideas:
For busy weeknights:
- Pre-chop cabbage (it keeps for several days in the refrigerator)
- Pre-chop onion (refrigerate in an airtight container or bag)
- Brown the meat ahead
- Refrigerate the prepared casserole and bake it before serving.
Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole Ingredient Options
- Ground Meat: Ground turkey, beef, and pork are delicious options.
- Tomato Soup: It’s simple to add a can of condensed tomato soup. But if you would like a healthier option, a recipe for tomato soup substitute is in the “notes” section of the recipe below.
When you love cabbage, unstuffed cabbage casserole is almost as good (or better) as leftovers for lunch the next day. Seriously, I’m anticipating the leftovers while I’m making the casserole. Weird, I know.
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