Easy Baked Cabbage and Meatball Casserole

This no-fry, hassle-free dinner combines hearty cabbage, flavorful meatballs, and savory spices into a delicious casserole that’s sure to please. It’s perfect for those nights when you want a comforting meal without a lot of fuss. Here’s how to make it:


  • 1/2 head of cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 100 grams breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 500 grams minced meat (beef, pork, or a mix)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Spices and salt to taste (e.g., pepper, garlic powder)


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a baking dish with vegetable oil.
  2. Prepare the Meat Mixture:
    • In a large bowl, combine the minced meat, breadcrumbs, and beaten eggs. Add your preferred spices such as salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  3. Mix Vegetables:
    • In another bowl, mix together the finely chopped cabbage and grated carrots. Toss them with a bit of salt to let them release some moisture, which will help soften them while baking.
  4. Assemble the Casserole:
    • Spread half of the cabbage and carrot mixture evenly at the bottom of the greased baking dish.
    • Form meatballs from the meat mixture and place them evenly on top of the cabbage layer.
    • Cover the meatballs with the remaining cabbage and carrot mixture, creating a layered effect.
  5. Bake:
    • Drizzle the top with a tablespoon of vegetable oil to help the top layer of cabbage get a nice golden color as it bakes.
    • Cover with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.
    • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the top is golden and the meatballs are cooked through.
  6. Serve:
    • Let the casserole cool for a few minutes before serving to allow it to set, making it easier to serve.
    • This dish can be enjoyed on its own or with a side of mashed potatoes or a simple salad for a complete meal.


  • Adding More Flavor: Consider adding chopped onions or garlic to the meat mixture for added depth of flavor.
  • Cheese Option: For a cheesy twist, sprinkle some grated cheese over the top layer of cabbage before the final 15 minutes of baking.
  • Herbs for Garnish: Fresh herbs like parsley or dill can be sprinkled on top before serving for extra freshness and a pop of color.


This easy-to-make cabbage and meatball casserole is a fulfilling dinner option that brings comfort and satisfaction with every bite. It’s a perfect dish for busy weeknights, ensuring you get a delicious, home-cooked meal with minimal prep and cleanup. Enjoy this tasty, comforting casserole any night of the week!