Lazy Man's Cheap Cabbage Rolls

Lazy Man's Cheap Cabbage Rolls

This was a family staple growing up. Simple to make, the cabbage is stuffed with ground beef and rice and then topped with Mozzarella cheese. Hearty, cheesy, and delicious, make this casserole recipe for your family tonight.

Cooking MethodCasserole


  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1 medium head cabbage
  • 1 large jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup minute rice
  • Mushrooms, fresh and sliced or canned that are well drained
  • Mozzarella cheese, grated


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Brown hamburger in a skillet. Shred the cabbage.
  3. In a large greased casserole place a layer of shredded cabbage, then cover with browned hamburger, mushrooms and rice.
  4. Cover with remaining cabbage. Pour over spaghetti sauce. Garnish with cheese.
  5. Bake at until cabbage is tender and sauce is fairly well absorbed, about 2 to 2-1/2 hours.

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I've been making this "lazy pigs" for many yrs.!! The way I do it is to layer the cabbage as though it were like a lasagna, placing raw meat on top!! No need to pre-cook meat, when it's going into slo-cooker or oven!! Repeat layers......if you want to add rice, fine, mix it with the meat, or layer that too, but remember you must have sufficient liquid!! I USE a lot of cabbage, in general...low calorie and very filling!!

I LOVE the crockpot idea.... anything to make it easier!

I have made this at another time and it is very good. I used ground turkey instead and added; 1 cup chopped onion, 1/3 cup chopped green pepper, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. thyme and 1 tsp. minced garlic. I layered as directed in my Crock Pot . Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours or on high for about 4 hours. Add the cheese the last 30 minutes whether baking in oven or using a crock pot. We eat this served over the top of hot mashed potatoes.

Not bad, needed more pasta sauce and the mushrooms made no sense. And some seasonings

I made this today for Sunday lunch. I enjoyed it --BUT-- I didn't see the remarks below about the cheese. And yes, the cheese melted early and burned. Also, I upped the oven temperature and reduced the baking time. I enjoyed it. Use your imagination in adding/substituting ingredients.

Does this need to be covered with foil before putting in the oven?? Seems like it would cook better.

Sounds delicious (well, except for the mushrooms, which I would omit). However I can't try it until the question asked by caroldal is answered. Is the rice cooked first or not?

Recipe said bake at 250, is this right?

This is a good recipe. However, DO NOT put the cheese on there until the last 30 min of cooking cycle. It was so hard you couldnt hardly east it. I wasted alot of cheese. Everybody picked it off cause it was brown and hard. ( I also added extra onions in with the cabbage.

Is the rice cooked or just put the dry rice in with the hamburg and mushrooms?

If you use minute put in with meat and mushrooms!

They may not be rolled but the flavor is there. I have done similar to this and it tastes the same without all the fuss, and when in a hurry and you have a family to feed, it works.

i bet this is a good quick way too make this dish..cant wait to try it and even tho you dont roll the cabbage i bet it taste just as good without all the work. great idea!!

Come on! Why not do it the right way and steam the cabbage leaves. That would be easier then chopping. 2 1/2 hours in the oven? As a retired Dietary Manager and cook some of the recipes I read here make me scratch my head!

The title of the recipe is "lazy man's cheap cabbage rolls. Sorry, but, am I missing something? Where does the roll part come in? This looks like a shredded cabbage recipe to me.

Hello winterowl, I believe the idea behind this recipe is that it tastes like cabbage rolls, but you have less work to do, as in not actually rolling them. We appreciate all your feedback everyone.


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