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Day ONE: One-Pot Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole

One-Pot Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole

cabbage roll

I tend to cook most of our meals on a budget, and I try to stretch that budget as much as possible, including very inexpensive meals often so that we can also include no so inexpensive meals like lasagna or steak.

This time of the year I am all about comfort food. Something that my husband and I thoroughly enjoy are cabbage rolls, but I admit that I am REALLY bad at making them.  In order to settle that cabbage roll craving, without all the effort, I have come up with an easy lazy cabbage roll recipe. With one pot on the stove, you can have a delicious, comforting meal in about 90 minutes. Because this meal ended up making double what I was expecting, this turned into a double duty meal – I used the leftovers to create another meal on day two.

Day One: One-Pot Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole

Makes 6 – 8 servings


  • 1lb ground pork
  • Small cabbage, chopped/shredded
  • Spaghetti Sauce (680ml)
  • Canned Diced Tomatoes (796ml)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup instant rice
  • Spices: Italian seasoning, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Pepper
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar Cheese


  • In large pot or dutch oven (I used my soup/stew pot), brown the pork. Season with Italian Seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper (to your personal preference).
  • Add Cabbage, Spaghetti Sauce, Canned tomatoes, and water. Mix together, and boil.
  • Lower heat and simmer, covered, on medium for about an hour, until the cabbage is tender.
  • Add rice, mix well and let sit for about 10 minutes, covered.
  • Mix again, and top with cheese.
  • Serve with your choice of vegetables or salad and buns.

cabbage rolls

Total cost for this meal was: $12.25 plus seasonings/spices that I already had in my cupboard. This recipe made enough for 8 servings. We ate half the first night, and for the second night I am going to use the leftovers creatively (for a cost of less than $5 in additional ingredients).  That is two complete meals for under $20!

I bought everything at Walmart on October 23rd, 2017.

  • Ground Pork $4
  • Spaghetti Sauce $1.17
  • Canned Diced Tomatoes $1
  • Small Cabbage $1.58
  • $2 worth of Cheese
  • 50¢ worth of Rice
  • We used under $1 worth of Salad (I buy the big containers of Spring/Baby lettuces)
  • And we used 1/3 of a pack of butter buns (so $1 worth of buns)
  • Seasonings/spices/salad dressing I had on hand

To see what I did with the leftovers for day two, please visit my Cabbage Roll Stuffed Peppers recipe here.

Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the proud mom to five boys between the ages of 7-23. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, and binge watching Netflix.


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Day TWO: Cabbage Roll Stuffed Peppers


  1. Darlene Demell

    I love cabbage done any way at all but this recipe looks really good. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. LisaM

    Oh gosh – that seems super easy. I’m all for super easy lol!

  3. Janet Neufeld

    These look and sound amazing. Cannot wait to give them a try and see if they compare to my mom’s.

  4. Calvin F.

    Looks like something I’d like to eat on a cold winter day.

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