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Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole

Angela Litzinger at test.angelaskitchen.com
Makes 2 9×13 pans – one for tonight and one for another day!
Course beef, casserole, dairy free, gfcf, gluten free, main, pork
Servings 16 (2 9"x13" pans)


  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 1/2 cups about two 15.5 oz or one 28 oz can gluten free tomato sauce
  • 3 1/2 cups about two 15.5 oz or one 28 oz can diced tomatoes (fire roasted, optional)
  • 2 small cans 5.5 oz tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar or 2 to 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa
  • 18-20 cups thinly sliced cabbage about a 3 pound cabbage


  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the onions until translucent. Add ground beef, pork and garlic, continuing to cook until meat is browned and cooked through. Drain any grease and set aside.
  • In another bowl combine the tomato sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, salt, pepper, dill weed, nutmeg, and chili powder. Stir until well blended.
  • In the bottom of two oiled 9×13 pans, divide the rice or quinoa evenly into the pans. Pat the grain into an even layer on the bottom of the pans, using clean wet hands if it is too sticky. On top of the rice layer add a layer half of the cabbage, half of the meat and half of the tomato sauce. Repeat the layers of cabbage, meat and sauce, using a large spoon if needed to compress the layers so there is less air pockets in the casserole.
  • Cover pan with foil (or with parchment and then foil, if you prefer).
  • To freeze: Make sure the dish is wrapped well. Label and freeze.
  • To serve: Thaw. Keep covered and bake at 350 for 1 hour or until cabbage is tender and cooked through.