Cheesy Cabbage Casserole – An Old Fashioned Cabbage Casserole Recipe

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This Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole recipe is a creamy, cheesy side dish with a crunchy topping that everyone will enjoy. This comforting side dish features a list of common ingredients for easy prep including cream of celery soup, mayonnaise, butter, milk, shredded cheddar cheese, cabbage (of course), and cornflakes for the perfect crunch.

Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole Recipe

This baked cabbage casserole recipe is from the Extension Homemakers Shelby County (Indiana) 1988 Cookbook. We really love this type of old-fashioned cookbook. Everyone submits their favorite everyday (or special occasion) recipes. No fuss, no fancy ingredients, and always family-pleasing.

Picture this… You are at the farmers market, and you see a beautiful head of cabbage. Now you are thinking, what can I do with a head of cabbage?  We have you covered with recipe for cabbage casserole. Or you can try our 4-ingredient Cabbage Casserole, Sweet and Sour Coleslaw, Skillet Smoked Sausage and Cabbage or Low Calorie Cabbage Soup.

Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole recipe features a list of common ingredients for easy prep.

Ingredients for Cabbage Casserole:

Green cabbage

Butter or margarine

Cornflakes

Milk

Cream of celery soup

Mayonnaise

Shredded cheddar cheese

Barbara brought this cheese cabbage casserole to a recent family dinner and it got rave reviews.

What’s so great about this recipe for cabbage casserole?

It’s a creamy cabbage casserole that is rich and decadent.  We think it is a great alternative to the traditional cheesy potatoes.

What to serve with cabbage casserole?

I often wonder what main dish goes with cabbage?  Pork is my first choice of meat.  Baked Pork Chops, Ham Steaks, and Grilled Pork Steak would be my top three recommendations. Add a simple side salad or a bowl of applesauce, and dinner is served.

Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole recipe features a list of common ingredients for easy prep.

Notes About Cabbage Casserole with Cheese Recipe

  • To save yourself some labor, use the grater disk on your food processor to shred the cabbage. With the food processor, you can grate up a cabbage in under 2 minutes.
  • If you grate the cabbage into really fine pieces, you may need to adjust the cooking time because it will become tender more quickly. This could also change the texture.
  • The creamy texture comes from a combination of cream of celery soup, mayonnaise and milk. The perfect cheesy flavor is a result of 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, not too much and not too little.
  • Feel free to swap out the cream of celery soup for another canned soup like cream of mushroom or cream of chicken if that’s all you have on hand.
  • Cabbage is a great ingredient to use year round. It’s usually inexpensive and one large head can go a long ways. During the summer months, it’s easy to grow your own or can be found at reasonable prices at your local farmers’ market.
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How to Make Cabbage Casserole with Cheese:

Full recipe for cabbage casserole, including recipe amounts can be found on the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Instructions for cheesy cabbage casserole:

  1. Melt butter in a making dish.
  2. Sprinkle with cornflakes.
  3. Add shredded cabbage.
  4. Warm soup, mayo and milk; pour over cabbage.
  5. Sprinkle with cheese and additional cornflakes.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole recipe features a list of common ingredients for easy prep.

What can I do with lots of cabbage?

Cabbage is one of those vegetables that can be stretched and stretched and stretched.  Here’s a yummy ways to use up that head of cabbage.

Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole recipe features a list of common ingredients for easy prep.

Our Favorite Old-Fashioned Side Dishes

We love an old fashioned side dish that takes us back to or childhood (or our parents’ childhood), and we have plenty on the blog. Here are some of our favorites.

Old-Fashioned Pea Salad

Using just one can of peas, this Old-Fashioned Pea Salad recipe is perfect for a side dish for a normal meal without too many leftovers. However, it can easily be doubled (or tripled) for cookouts and pitch-ins. This pea salad can be eaten right away or chilled for later.

Pink Lady Salad

Creamed Peas

Old-Fashioned Creamed Peas uses frozen peas that is jazzed up with a white sauce made of butter, half and half and flour.

Classic Macaroni Salad

Along with the traditional ingredients, the dressing for this version of classic macaroni salad includes sweetened condensed milk.

Mashed Potato Cakes (from leftovers)

Five ingredients is all it takes to make Granny's Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes.  Using a base of your favorite leftover real mashed potatoes. you can easily make this economical side dish that the whole family will love. 

Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole recipe features a list of common ingredients for easy prep.
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Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole

This Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole recipe is a creamy, cheesy side dish with a crunchy topping that everyone will enjoy. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Casserole, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked cabbage recipe, cabbage casserole, cabbage casserole recipe, old-fashioned cheesy cabbage casserole
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 326kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 4 - 6 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 stick margarine or butter
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed cornflakes
  • 2 10.5 oz. cans cream of celery soup
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup crushed cornflakes for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Put a stick or margarine or butter in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Put in oven until melted. Remove carefully.
    Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole recipe features a list of common ingredients for easy prep.
  • Sprinkle cornflakes over butter. Add cabbage. (Cabbage should fill the pan and will cook down.)
    Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole recipe features a list of common ingredients for easy prep.
  • Warm celery soup, mayonnaise and milk in microwave for 3 minutes, stirring every minute.
    Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole recipe features a list of common ingredients for easy prep.
  • Pour mixture over cabbage. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and crushed cornflakes.
    Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole recipe features a list of common ingredients for easy prep.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
    Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole recipe features a list of common ingredients for easy prep.

Notes

  • To save yourself some labor, use the grater disk on your food processor to shred the cabbage. With the food processor, you can grate up a cabbage in under 2 minutes.
  • If you grate the cabbage into really fine pieces, you may need to adjust the cooking time because it will become tender more quickly. This could also change the texture.
  • The creamy texture comes from a combination of cream of celery soup, mayonnaise and milk. The perfect cheesy flavor is a result of 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, not too much and not too little.
  • Feel free to swap out the cream of celery soup for another canned soup like cream of mushroom or cream of chicken if that's all you have on hand.
  • Cabbage is a great ingredient to use year round. It's usually inexpensive and one large head can go a long ways. During the summer months, it's easy to grow your own or can be found at reasonable prices at your local farmers' market.
  • Try our Sweet and Sour Coleslaw, Skillet Smoked Sausage and Cabbage or Low Calorie Cabbage Soup.

Nutrition

Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 602mg | Potassium: 305mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1342IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 18mg

This Old-Fashioned Cheesy Cabbage Casserole recipe is a creamy side dish with a crunchy topping that everyone will enjoy. This comforting side dish features a list of common ingredients for easy prep.

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21 Comments

  1. I love cabbage but I really detest the taste of celery! Have you used other soups to make this dish?

    1. We totally understand! You could really use any “cream of” soup – chicken or mushroom would both work. Let us know if you try a different soup and how it turns out.

  2. This casserole looks and sounds so delicious – perfect side dish for so many meals! Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe with all of us at Weekend Potluck! Hope you are off to a wonderful weekend.

  3. Hi. We love cabbage, but we have 1 person who hates cornflakes. (Cereal in general.). Would breadcrumbs work? Thanks for sharing.

    1. We haven’t tried it with another topping but think breadcrumbs would work. You want something to give it a bit of a crunch on top! Let us know if you try it!

  4. I’m confused! The butter and cornflakes go under the cabbage per #3? I thought it was a topping?! Really want to try this….I have German friends who LOVE cabbage! Regards, JUDY C

  5. Actually delicious. Not only does it look like a good recipe 😁… it actually IS delicious. I made it and loved it. I went heavy on the cabbage, maybe 8 cups. It took more like an hour to cook maybe for that reason. I used my own cream sauce with bits of celery and onion instead of canned soup. I didn’t have cornflakes so rice chex were the next best thing. They work! As probably would rice crispies or corn chex or Ritz crackers like someone else suggested. Mmmm! This one is getting saved! Creamy and cheesey. And even better leftover. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Very creamy great taste. I grounded my cabbage but did everything else as recipe calls. I will make it again I wanted to send a picture but it doesn’t let me.

  7. I rarely leave reviews, but I made this for my family today for dinner. I could not find Cream of Celery at the store where shelves can be very empty these days. All I had I was one can Cream of Mushroom and one Cream of Chicken. So i mixed them. . I followed the recipe exactly beyond the soup issue and it was soooo good.! Thank you soo much for sharing everyone in my family loved it and I’ll definitely be making this again!

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