I like a recipe that I can make extra and freeze some for a future meal, and that is exactly what I do with my cabbage roll recipe. I make cabbage rolls for an immediate meal, and I put together a freezer bag cabbage roll casserole that I can put in the slow cooker another time. It’s a time saver!
Cabbage rolls can be made with any protein base but I usually use ground beef or ground pork. For this recipe I chose ground pork.
Cabbage Rolls for Now and Later
- 1 head cabbage
- 2 cups uncooked rice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 lb ground pork or beef
- 1 tsp italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 large can tomato sauce
- 1 cup grated cheese, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Spray a lasagna dish with non-stick spray.
- Steam your cabbage head so that you can easily peel the leaves off. I do this with a microwave steamer in 5 minute increments (steam for 5 mins, peel a couple of leaves, repeat).
- Cook your rice according to package instructions.
- In a separate large saucepan, add olive oil and saute onions and garlic.
- Add the ground pork or beef to onions and garlic pot, cook thoroughly.
- Add the italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Drain the diced tomatoes (saving the juice in a bowl) and add the tomatoes to the meat mixture.
- Mix the rice into the pot with the meat and tomatoes.
- Add 1/3 of the can of tomato sauce to the pot, mix well.
- Place 1/2 – 2/3 cup of meat/rice mixture to each cabbage leaf. Wrap the leaf around the mixture and place in the lasagna dish. Repeat for 6-8 leaves.
- Pour 1/3 can of tomato sauce over the cabbage rolls.
- Sprinkle the grated cheese on top.
- Cover the dish and bake for 45 minutes.
- Chop up 1/2 – 3/4 of the head of cabbage and put in a large ziploc bag.
- Add the remaining meat/rice mixture to the ziploc bag.
- Add the last of the tomato sauce and the juice from the diced tomatoes to the ziploc bag.
- Place the freezer bag in the freezer to be cooked in a slow cooker at a later date.
You will notice a bit of green in my cabbage roll mixture. I added a tiny bit (about a 1/4 of a cup) of frozen spinach just to sneak some extra vegetables into the kids. You can add any vegetables that you want!