Slow cooker cabbage casserole tastes just like cabbage rolls – without all the work! Let it simmer in the crock pot all day and enjoy for dinner!

I’m a big fan of my slow cooker. Well, except for cleaning it. That I don’t like too much. It’s so heavy! Anyway, this time of year is the perfect time to make comfort foods in a crock pot or slow cooker. The yummy scent that fills the house as foods gently simmer all day. Mmm. One of my favorite comfort foods are cabbage rolls. But they’re rather time consuming and tricky to make. Remember, I like quick and easy. That goes for crafts and recipes. So I’ve combined a few recipes to make a Slow Cooker Cabbage Casserole.

cabbage casserole in a bowl with a vintage spoon

Tastes like cabbage rolls but takes far less effort to make!

Yield: 6 -8

Slow Cooker Cabbage Casserole

Slow Cooker Cabbage Casserole

Tastes like cabbage rolls but so much easier to make!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes


  • .5 kg/1 lb ground chicken, turkey or pork
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp Hungarian paprika
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
  • 4 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 28 ounce can strained/crushed tomatoes*
  • 1 tsp each oregano, paprika, parsley*
  • 1/2 tsp sugar*


  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Spread raw ground meat along bottom of slow cooker.
  3. Add the onions, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and thyme.
  4. Add cabbage and rice.
  5. Pour diced tomatoes on top.
  6. Mix sugar, oregano and parsley into strained/crushed tomatoes. Pour over everything.*
  7. Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  8. When done, remove lid, stir and serve.

Can replace sugar, oregano, paprika, parsley and strained/crushed tomatoes with a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce.

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You can leave out the rice if you want a lower carb option.

Cooled cabbage casserole can also be frozen in freezer bags (or other freezer packages) and reheated later!

cabbage casserole in a bowl with a vintage spoon

Are you a fan of slow cookers? What are some of your favorite comfort foods?

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  1. Thank you Shannon for this reciepe. I have been looking for one like this. I have heard it called Unrolled Cabbage Rolls. My husband and I were raised on cabbage rolls since our parents are of Eastern European descent. Cabbage rolls showed up at every holiday and family event. I make and freeze cabbage rolls every summer when our garden produces too many cabbages to consume. It is quite time consuming. I am going to give this recipe a try. It looks delicious.

  2. My Pittsburgh husband and his kin introduced me to cabbage rolls. I found a similar recipe and we love it. Has anyone tried the crock pot liners so you don’t have to wash them?

  3. I’m not a huge fan of cabbage but all wrapped up in these other flavours I think I will love it. I can’t wait to try it!

    P.s. found you via Time to Sparkle!

  4. This is my second time making this. The first time I made it and had a bowl and threw the rest in the freezer, just bringing it out again recently. If you add some stock (water would probably work too) when you reheat, it makes a wonderful cold-weather meal! Trying it this time on high for 4 hours instead of low. Nice easy recipe, thanks.

  5. Great recipe! I added a teaspoon of caraway seeds and half a teaspoon of fennel seeds. I browned my ground pork and beef first just to get rid of some of the fat. Thanks for a great recipe😊