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Hamburger Rice Casserole


"My mom made this many times for Saturday dinner when we were growing up. It is quick to prep and makes a satisfying meal with fresh bread."
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2 h servings 278 cals
Original recipe yields 10 servings (1 9x13-inch casserole)

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Spread cabbage in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish; sprinkle rice on top.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Add onion, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and thyme; cook and stir until onion is transparent, about 5 minutes. Season with sugar, salt, and pepper.
  4. Spoon beef mixture over rice and cabbage in the baking dish. Break up tomatoes in the can with your hand; pour over beef mixture. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until rice is tender, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Uncover and arrange American cheese slices over casserole. Let stand until cheese melts and absorbs juices, 15 to 20 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Substitute 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese for the American cheese if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 278 calories; 15.7 g fat; 19 g carbohydrates; 16.4 g protein; 54 mg cholesterol; 691 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I made this today. It's certainly nothing fancy but it's easy to put together, and it makes a lot. I used minced garlic instead of the powder, and a can of diced tomatoes - I wasn't about to st...