Cabbage Casserole Recipe Oven or Slow Cooker

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This slow cooker cabbage casserole is one of the easiest recipes you could ever make. Four or five ingredients, and you can leave one or two of them out if you want. Totally up to you.

cabbage casserole

Todays recipe can be made in the Crock Pot as shown or in the oven.  By using spaghetti sauce in place of tomatoes and tomato sauce, you save a little money and also cut out the need for additional seasonings, but you can add those in as well if you like.

This recipe is versatile and dependable and you can easily make it in the oven as well.

Ingredients To Cabbage Casserole For Crockpot or Oven You’ll Need:

  • Cooked Ground Beef*
  • Onion
  • Cabbage (well it is Cabbage casserole after all) 🙂
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Water or Beef Broth 

Use whatever spaghetti sauce you grab first. 

Should I Use Fresh or Dehydrated Ground Beef?

You can use fresh ground beef that you’ve cooked or even dehydrated ground beef if you have that (here is my video on how to do it). If you use fresh, cook it first. If you use freeze dried, just add some water to it and let it sit for 3-5 minutes before using. If you are using dehydrated, cover it with hot water and let it sit for ten minutes (or so).

Taste Testing Your Casserole’s Sauce Is Always a Good Thing

How well seasoned your casserole is going to be depends on how well seasoned your sauce is. Once it is done cooking you can have a taste and then add more herbs or spices if you like. Or add them at the start if you prefer.

How To Make Cabbage Casserole 

Mama called while I was doing this and said “Now if your chopping onions, make them real small, not like you normally do…”

I like big slices of onion in my dishes because I like onion, so I slice mine big. Mama likes the taste of onion but not the experience of biting into a whole hunk of it, so she chops hers really tiny.  Mama, I tried. This is as small as I can get and I made it that small just because of you.

I had initially pictured large slices but at __ years of age, I still mind my Mama.

chop up cabbage

Chop up cabbage

Making in Oven?

Now right here you can saute the onions in a tablespoon of butter and boil the cabbage til its tender if you like or you can just add the beef broth or water to the pan.  If you add the liquid later it just takes a little more time to cook to get the cabbage tender, that’s all.  Then layer in as described below.  See the recipe card below for Oven temperature and time. 

But in the Crockpot…

Layer in cabbage and onion in crockpot

Put a layer of chopped cabbage and chopped onion in the bottom of your slow cooker.

Layer in ground beef on top of cabbage and onion

Top with ground beef.

pour in half a jar of spaghetti sauce on top

Add 1/2 of the spaghetti sauce.

repeat the layers again

Repeat that with one more layer.

pour in cup of water in the crockpot

Gently pour 1 cup water around the edges. You could also add beef broth here if you like.


In Slow Cooker Cook on low, 7-8 hours or high 3-4.

In Oven:

if you boiled the cabbage ahead of time you can cook at 350 for 30 mins.  But if you like the extra flavor like I do then I add the beef broth in right before cooking.  Which means I cook it for about 1 hour, stirring halfway through.   Some times I add rice in there too.  That adds another can of beef broth (14 oz) and taste about a half hour longer to get the rice fluffy.  But you can also cook the rice separate and serve the casserole on top of the rice.  You do you!

stir casserole well before serving

Stir well before serving.


cabbage casserole

Now you can eat this on it’s own or serve it over rice or while riding a donkey backwards and playing a banjo. Totally up to you.

cabbage casserole

Cabbage Casserole Crock Pot or Oven

Cabbage Casserole in the oven or slow cooker is one of the easiest casseroles you could ever make. Four ingredients, & you can leave one or two of them out if you want.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cabbage
Servings: 4
Calories: 352kcal


  • 1/2 head cabbage chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef cooked and drained
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce of your choice
  • 1 cup water or 1 can of beef broth
  • Additional seasonings: salt pepper, herbs, garlic powder, etc to taste (I didn't add any additional)


  • In 4-6 quart slow cooker, place 1/2 of cabbage. Top with 1/2 of onions, 1/2 of beef, and 1/2 of spaghetti sauce. Repeat once more. Pour water around the sides into the slow cooker (To keep from disturbing the spaghetti sauce)
  • Cover and place on low 7-8 hours or high, 3-4 hours.
  • Serve on it's own or over rice.

NOTE: How well seasoned your casserole is going to be depends on how well seasoned your sauce is. Once it is done cooking you can have a taste and then add more herbs or spices if you like. Or add them at the start if you prefer.



    Oven directions:
    Same ingredients as above
    Chop 1/2 of cabbage and 1/2 onion, layer them both in your 9x13 pan, layer in 1/2 of beef, and 1/2 of spaghetti sauce. Repeat layers once more. Pour water  (or beef broth) around the sides (To keep from disturbing the spaghetti sauce). 
    Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 45 mins to hour, stirring half way.  
    Serve over rice (low carb option is our cauliflower rice here)


    Calories: 352kcal
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    1. 5 stars
      Christy, I rate this at 5 stars because it uses cheap, readily available ingredients and is flexible, can be made in a bunch of different ways. I made this and had to make do without spaghetti sauce. Had tomato puree in the pantry and seasoned it with a bit of salt, sugar and vinegar for a sweet and sour flavor. It was like eating cabbage rolls but so much quicker and easier. I love your blog.

    2. This recipe is a Fav at our house, TY for sharing. Super east, cheap and full of flavor. We want to know how Trent is now-a-days?

    3. This was another excellent recipe! I made this for supper tonight, and used mild version sausage for the ground beef. It was delicious!

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