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Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole


  • 1 1/2 t olive oil, divided (more or less, depending on your pan)
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped small
  • 1 t finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. sweet hungarian paprika (good quality paprika makes a big difference in flavor in a dish like this)
  • 1/2 tsp. sharp hungarian paprika (optional; if making for kids i might leave this out)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (for seasoning meat mixture and cooked cabbage)
  • 1 1/2 heads green cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) petite dice tomatoes with juice
  • 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water (just enough to rinse out each of the cans)
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cups low-fat cheese