Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

EASY, SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Cabbage Roll Casserole

Halupkie (aka Cabbage Rolls) were a big deal in my house.  My Mother is Polish, so the recipe was passed down from generation to generation and ended up being one of my favorite meals she would make.  Just like my Stuffed Pepper Casserole, this is another one of Mom’s famous recipes that my family loves! 

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

What recipe can I make with cabbage?

She would add ground beef, rice and tomato sauce into a big piece of cabbage, roll it up, throw it in the fridge overnight to sit and then we would have them for Sunday dinner.  Just the smell of cabbage takes me back to my childhood!

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Halupkies Recipe

This Cabbage Roll Casserole is a direct spin off my Mother’s Halupkies recipe, but we’re making this in casserole form in the slow cooker.   This is a big bowl of comfort food, just like my Slow Cooker Cabbage and Sausage!

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

A nice warm bowl of cabbage roll casserole is the perfect dinner for a cold Winter night.  Even better is that this recipe only takes 4 hours in the slow cooker – so it’ll be ready before you know it!

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Enjoy this Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole!

Looking for more recipes?  Try my Kielbasa and Cabbage Slow Cooker and Stuffed Pepper Casserole meal next week!
Looking for more pepper recipes? Try my BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with peppers!

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

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SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!  

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Polish
Keyword cabbage roll casserole, polish recipe, slow cooker cabbage rolls
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 8
Calories 263 kcal


  • 1 pound raw ground beef
  • 1 medium size head of cabbage chopped
  • 1 medium sized green pepper chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 15 Oz can of diced or stewed tomatoes undrained
  • 2 15 Oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice (not instant)


  1. Add all ingredients except white rice in slow cooker. Stir good to combine. Cook on high for 1 hour. Add rice, stir, and cook on high for 3 more hours. Serve in bowls.

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  • Hi Pam ! i hope all is well with you and yours. Happy New Year!
    Recently I decided to begin a weekly recipe-sharing post called Weekly Roundup.. I just posted my very first Roundup – and included this delicious-looking recipe of yours. I included three more recipes – one from The Bartolini Kitchens, The Southern Lady Cooks & also Mom on Timeout ; o )

  • have all ingredients in crock pot now in half hour will add rice hoping for good results. appears a bit dry might add more liquid or tomato sauce. first time for this recipe wife and sister in law will be back when this is done both enjoy. aroma should be wonderf then

  • LOVE it. Have question(s). Could this be adapted to be cooked in a pressure cooker?
    I saw a recipe that alternately layered the cabbage, then meat/rice mixture. What’s the difference between what you did and the layering process??

    • Hello, I never cooked it in a pressure cooker but if you try I’d love to hear how it came out! For my recipe, I just throw all the ingredients together, I don’t have time to layer the ingredients! Plus in the end since it’s a slow cooker recipe to serve with a spoon I really don’t think layering is necessary at all. Enjoy!

  • This was AMAZING. Its like my late mother-in-law’s, but without all the sugar but all of the taste! Love that everything that goes in it is real whole food. THANK YOU!

    • Hey Melanie, I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe and it tasted like it came from the family! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • Followed the directions to a tee but cabbage is still crunchy. Maybe I should have taken out the vein like I do when I make stuffed cabbage rolls.

    • Hey Betty, I always cut out the cabbage core but let the veins in. If the cabbage is still crunchy, try cooking it for another 30 minutes-1 hour. Enjoy!

    • Hey Sheila, I wouldn’t recommend adding instant rice to the slow cooker. The rice is going to get very mushy which you don’t want! Instead I’d make the instant rice on the stove top and then just add it into the slow cooker and mix once everything’s done. Hope this helps!

  • This is fantastic Pamela! The one suggestion I have is to boil the cabbage first and then add it to the crock pot. Then you won’t have to worry about it being hard. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

    • Hey Cori, glad you liked the recipe! The cabbage is never hard for me when the slow cooker is done, but you can definitely boil it first if you want. Enjoy!

  • I am such a cabbage roll fan; it reminds me of family dinners when I was younger, being at the dinner table with my brothers and sister and parents! It was always so enjoyable. This recipe sounds like everything my mother included in her rolls. I am just wondering if there is any way to get a calorie/nutrition count on this dish. I didn’t worry about such things when I was younger, which is why I have to worry about it now! Thanks.

    • Hey Kim, I don’t provide nutritional info but if you google “calorie counter” you will find lots of them that you can manually enter Hope this helps! Enjoy the casserole!

  • Please un-confuse me. 1 tablespoon of beef bouillon? Powdered? Liquid concentrate? One cube dissolved in hot water? Straight out of the College Inn box?

    • Hey Ernie, 1 tablespoon of powdered beef bouillon. Just throw it in the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients and it will dissolve over time – no extra work required! Enjoy this casserole!

  • I’d love to make this but… you have an approximate cup amount for the cabbage? You say a medium head but that’s a little too loosey goosey for me. My medium is another persons large. Good way to hose up a dish.

  • Bookmarked and cooking this week! I love that this is easy enough for Hubby to throw together without my assistance 🙂 I’m hiking to cook 6hrs on low. Do you suggest adding the rice at the beginning of cook time on low or would you cook it separately and add afterwards? I’m worried about either ending up wirh soggy rice or a watery casserole… Thanks!!

    • Hey Jessica, 6 hours is too long to cook the rice, so I suggest he sets a timer and adds the rice or just cooks the rice separately and adds afterwards. Enjoy!

  • I made this for a chilly night and my family loved it! My little boy even wanted more after he finished his bowl! This will be a keeper for us, thank you!

  • Hi Pamela, I just made your recipe and it is fantastic! I made it vegan by subbing out the beef for 2 cups of lentils, and using a vegetable bouillon cube. And of course, vegan Worcestershire – no fishies 🙂 But such small, minor adjustments to make it 100% plant based. And cabbage is a nutrition power house.

    This is totally a keeper, and thank you for sharing!

    • Hey Jennifer, thanks so much for commenting and letting me know you liked this casserole! I love how you put your vegan spin on it – it sounds delicious! I hope you keep on enjoying!

    • Hi Kay, I don’t provide calorie count. To do this, you can google “calorie counter” and manually add the ingredients. Hope this helps!

  • I saw this recipe on MSN today and thought it reminded me of my Grandmother so it was worth a shot. It tastes AMAZING! Just like Grandma used to make it! We have some leftovers so it might be dinner tomorrow too!

  • Making this dish as we speak. Was worried at first that there was not enough juice but close to an hour later, viola! Plenty of juice for the rice.

  • My mom didn’t do it in the crock pot. she cut the cAbbage up and put it in a dutch over with all the other ingredients but used tomato soup and brown sugar and lemon juice. covered it and put it in the oven till done. I’m going to try this recipe in the crock pot. I love it.

  • I made this with hot italian sausage. I also did not have a can of stewed tomatoes but had the sauce, so I improvised with about a cup of beef broth to make up for the liquid. It was delicious. My husband loved it! For those that are saying the cabbage came out crunchy, try shredding it instead of just chopping it. Thank you so much for this wonderfully simple recipe!

  • With a surplus of freshly ground sausage and all of the other ingredients on hand, I went ahead and made this dish. I did cook the sausage before throwing it into the crockpot. It was fabulous! This is going into my regular meal rotation.

    • Hey Jan, I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe and now it will be a regular in your kitchen! Thanks for commenting!

  • Haven’t tried the recipe yet but I will. Sounds great. I have made a unstuffed cabbage recipe in my electric fry pan. I used savoy cabbage. It’s thinner and cooks faster. Think it will work well in this recipe. I also make the rice separately and serve the cabbage over the rice.

  • So happy I stumbled across your recipes! Polish girl right here and grew up on mom’s stuffed cabbage! In crock pot now. Can’t wait to enjoy it! Thank you!

  • Halupkie in the crock pot- this recipe is Amazing! Great flavor! Did not have green pepper so subbed jalapeño, also cooked rice on the side, turned out really really good. So simple & easy. Will definitely add this to the repertoire

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