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Crockpot cabbage casserole

This crockpot cabbage casserole is a delicious and healthy dish that is going to turn your whole family into cabbage lovers!  The combination of meat, brown rice, and slightly crunchy veggies can’t be beat and addition of soy sauce is icing on the cake.  Throw in the fact that the recipe is super simple and you’re going to want to make it over and over again.

Crockpot Cabbage Casserole

Contributing post from Jill @ The Galactagoddess

If there is one thing that is predictable about children, it is that they are unpredictable! Our now four year old used to be the best eater, now he’s super picky!

I’m not sure if it’s an influence thing…

“Tell the teachers that I don’t like applesauce.”
“Buddy, you do like applesauce. You ate a huge bowl the other day!”
“But so-and-so doesn’t eat applesauce, so I don’t want to either.”

Or a control thing…

“I don’t like that.”
“Buddy, it’s always been one of your favorites.”
“Well, I don’t like it anymore.”

Whatever it is, it drives me crazy!! So these days, when I find a healthy meal that not just one, but BOTH of my children “wolf down” I know that it’s a keeper…at least until next week. 🙂

This crockpot cabbage casserole recipe is a winner with my whole family.  It’s one of my all-time favorite meals from my childhood, and I’m so happy to translate it into an easy crock pot recipe that my children enjoy it as much as I do!

Crockpot Cabbage Casserole

Crockpot Cabbage Casserole

Yields 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound of ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
  • 1 medium head of cabbage, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup brown rice (uncooked)
  • 3 cups beef broth or chicken broth


  1. In a very large pot, brown ground meat and onions with olive oil. (If you choose to use ground beef, you can omit the olive oil.)
  2. Remove pot from heat and add cabbage, carrots, salt, and pepper.  Stir to combine.
  3. Spray crockpot with cooking spray.
  4. Place rice in the bottom of the crockpot.
  5. Pour meat/cabbage mixture on top of rice.
  6. Pour broth on top.
  7. Cover, and cook on “low” for 4-6 hours.
  8. Stir before serving.

Serve with soy sauce…and apple sauce 🙂

To Freeze

Label your freezer bag. Add all ingredients EXCEPT for brown rice and chicken broth to bag. Remove as much air as possible, seal and lay flat in your freezer for up to three months. When ready to cook, thaw, spray crockpot with cooking spray, place rice in the bottom of the slow cooker, add ingredients from freezer bag, and pour broth on top.  Cook on “low” setting for 4-6 hours. Stir before serving. Serve with soy sauce.

This crockpot cabbage casserole recipe fills a 6-quart crockpot to the brim and yields A LOT of food, so if you have a smaller slow cooker or are cooking for less people I recommend completing Steps 1&2 and freezing half of the cabbage/meat mixture for later.  Cut the amount of rice and broth in half.  Keep the cooking time the same. 

Crockpot Cabbage Casserole

Thoughts or questions? Please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

Jill Petrush RodgersJill Petrush Rogers is a full-time working Mama to two very active little boys. After becoming a Mama, she realized that her mission is to help others meet and/or exceed their own personal breastfeeding goals.  And so, she became a Certified Lactation Counselor.  You can follow Jill’s personal journey on her blog The Galactagoddess and on Facebook.

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Sounds Great , will try this !! Leona Vontom Thank You ,


love cabbage rolls this is simmilar


Tried this and have to say I was disappointed…I added sspaghetti sauce and tomato paste and a bit of sugar, omit the soya sauce add spaghetti sauce and garlic to bland with just salt and pepper


Would it be ok to add other veggies too? If so, what would you suggest?


Could you just add the ground beef to the crockpot without browning it first? I’ve seen other recipes on this website that call for that, and I LOVE the convenience factor in it!! Just wondering if this recipe could be done that way as well?


I’m new to the “prepare your dinners ahead” movement, but I live the idea! For this recipe, should I cook the cabbage before freezing it or can I freeze it chopped and raw? Thanks in advance!


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Looks great, do you think I could substitute white rice for the brown?