Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mock Cabbage Lasagna

My roommate in college used to make this, and I will tell you that the first time she mentioned it, I thought she was insane. "Who even eats cabbage?" I thought. "And why would you ruin a good lasagna with it?"

I was wrong. I love this meal, and my 10-year-old loves it, and my husband loves it, and my neighbors love it, and - anyhow, you get the idea. Best of all, it is faster to prepare than regular lasagna because you don't have to preboil the noodles or make sure everything is covered perfectly so that you don't have hard noodles. AND it is HEALTHY. Bonus!

Cabbage Roll Casserole Recipe

Mock Cabbage Lasagna

1 sm head cabbage, coarsely chopped                                    
1/2 tsp salt
2 lb ground beef                                                                                                                                                                        1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 c chopped onion                                                                                                                                                  1 can tomato soup
1 1/2 c. water
1/2 c rice, uncooked                                                                                                                                                  1/2 c grated cheese

Place rice in bottom of greased 9x13 pan. Top with half of cabbage.  Brown hamburger with onion in skillet, salt & pepper to taste.  Spoon half over cabbage.  Whisk soup and water together.  Pour half over ground beef mixture.  Repeat layers of cabbage, meat and sauce.   
Bake covered at 350° for 1 hour. Remove and top with cheese. Return to oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

This recipe can be prepared in a pressure cooker. Brown hamburger and layer as above. Cook on high pressure (9-10 psi) for 5-6 minutes. Release pressure, top with cheese and cover 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.

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