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Cheesy Cabbage Casserole

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A cheesy side dish with a crunchy topping is the perfect accompaniment to so many dinners. Make that side out of cabbage for a fun twist on the cheesy potato casserole we all love!

Close up of serving of creamy cheesey cabbage casserole topped with golden brown corn flake crumbs.

Cheesy cabbage casserole is a lot like cheesy potatoes, or funeral potatoes as you may know them, but without the potatoes. This is a lower carb alternative if you are looking for that or just a fun way to use up that cabbage. It is cheesy, comforting and oh so good.

We have been getting beautiful heads of cabbage in our CSA boxes.  This was a particularly huge and nice head of cabbage.  My husband is not a fan of cooked cabbage in general and he also doesn’t eat coleslaw.

Ingredients ready to be made into cheesy cabbage casserole.

While I like both, this huge head of cabbage was more than I thought I could tackle on my own.  Even I have my limits after all!

So I decided to go on a mission and get creative in hopes that my husband and Little Dude would help me eat the cabbage before I had to leave town for work.  I had seen a recipe title for cabbage casserole somewhere and that got my wheels turning.

pan full of chopped cabbage.

I enjoy cabbage with Parmesan cheese on it, but that was the extent of my cabbage and cheese mingling experience. The idea of a cheesy cabbage seemed a little strange but also felt like it had potential.

We are all big fans of cheese, so I thought if anything would get the guys to help me on this quest adding plenty of cheese would!  So I went to work making a cabbage version of the cheesy potato casserole.

chopped cabbage and bowl of cheese sauce.

Making Cabbage Casserole

One of the keys to making this cabbage casserole easy to eat and palatable for even the cabbage wary is to finely chop the cabbage. It will cook more evenly and eat more like a potato casserole that way.

Thinly slice it and then run your knife through it again the other way.  That way you get nice tidy bites of cheesy cabbage goodness.

Cheesy cabbage casserole with butter cornflake topping fresh from the oven.

You could certainly mix it all together in a bowl before putting it in a casserole dish.  I chose to dirty one less bowl and just layer it in the baking pan. 

Cabbage cooks down so much and releases some liquid, so it all kind of comes together in the end either way.

cheesy cabbage casserole served with pork chop and cucumber salad.

When you pour the cheese and soup over the cabbage, it may look like it’s not enough. But the cabbage will cook down so it will magically be just the perfect amount.

My husband served himself up a big serving for dinner.  I guess he didn’t see any of the assembly and thought he was sitting down to a nice pile of cheesy potatoes. 

scoop of cheesy cabbage on plate with remaining casserole nearby

A bite or two in he realized that’s not exactly what he had and recognized I tricked him into cabbage.

He went ahead and ate it anyway even with the knowledge of it’s true identity. Honestly he didn’t race me to eat the leftovers, but that was fine. I really liked it and ate it for lunch most of the rest of the week.

Forkful of cheesy cabbage casserole with buttery cornflake crumbs on top.

I think you should definitely give this recipe a go! Maybe you can convert a cabbage hater into a lover or maybe you will find a new favorite side dish.

We have been still been getting great cabbage, both green and red. What are your favorite ways to eat cabbage?

What does cheesy cabbage casserole taste like?

This casserole tastes a lot like funeral potatoes, but with cabbage instead of potatoes. So it has more fiber and is a great way to make cabbage family friendly.

Can I add meat to this to make it a complete meal?

Yes! Some diced ham would be great or even some kielbasa. You could also add browned ground beef or turkey if you want.

Yield: 12 Servings

Cheesy Cabbage Casserole

Close up of serving of creamy cheesey cabbage casserole topped with golden brown corn flake crumbs.

A cheesy side dish with a crunchy topping is the perfect accompaniment to so many dinners. Make that side out of cabbage for a fun twist on the cheesy potato casserole we all love!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 large head cabbage
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 (10.5 oz.) cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups shredded cheese (cheddar or Colby-jack)
  • 2 cup corn flake crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. Clean and shred the head of cabbage and dice the onion.
  3. Place half of the cabbage in the bottom of the prepared dish. Distribute the onion over the top and then the remaining cabbage. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. In a bowl, mix together the cream of chicken, milk, sour cream and cheese. Pour evenly over the top of the cabbage.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes. Then mix the corn flake crumbs with the butter and sprinkle over the top of the cabbage. Bake for another 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and the cabbage is cooked to your liking.
  6. Let rest for about 5-10 minutes and then serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 820mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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A cheesy side dish with a crunchy topping is the perfect accompaniment to so many dinners. Make that side out of cabbage for a fun twist on the cheesy potato casserole we all love!

Thanks for sharing!


Thursday 14th of April 2022

Hi, could you tell me if the 2 cans of soup are 10oz?


Thursday 14th of April 2022

Yes, two 10.5 oz cans. Thanks for asking. I will clarify that in the recipe card.

Carol Siepka

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

The cheesy cabbage casserole sounds delicious! One of your comments said you had 13 cups of cabbage. Do you know how much it weighed? A large head of cabbage isn’t a good measure because you don’t know how much it makes. Also, the density of the cabbage varies so a dense medium sized cabbage could be all that is needed. The weight of a head of cabbage would be useful so it could be weighed in the produce section of grocery stores that have scales before buying it.

Thx! I’m excited to try it.


Wednesday 24th of November 2021

The recipe is pretty forgiving, so I wouldn't let an exact weight stop you. But I will try to remember to weigh the cabbage next time I make it. Thanks for the suggestion 😊


Monday 20th of July 2020

What a fun way to give a boring vegetable a new life! Thank you for bringing it to family dinner


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

It's such a fun way to turn a veggie into a comfort food!

Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Thursday 9th of August 2018

Oh my...this one looks and sounds fantastic...I might need to make a jazzed up apple version of this soon!!!


Monday 13th of August 2018

Oooh, that sounds good too!


Wednesday 8th of August 2018

WOW, Carlee, this looks amazing! Who wouldn't pile a huge helping of this on their plate? Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party!


Monday 13th of August 2018

My husband if he would have asked what it was first ;-) Luckily he ate his whole heaping serving even after he realized it wasn't potatoes!

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