Creamy Cheesy Cabbage Casserole

Creamy Cheesy Cabbage Casserole

This creamy cheesy cabbage casserole is an excellent vegetable side dish.  Chopped cabbage baked in a creamy sauce and topped with Ritz crackers and cheddar cheese.  This is a great holiday side dish for a large gathering. Goes great with ham, turkey, and salmon!   


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Welcome to My Kitchen Serenity! When I told my husband I was making a cabbage casserole, he cringed.  He isn’t a fan of cabbage!  But I am and I love it cooked all kinds of ways whether it’s smothered with bacon or in a casserole like this recipe! 


The soup and mayonnaise mixture makes a super creamy sauce that clings to all the cabbage pieces perfectly.   The Ritz cracker and cheese topping adds that wonderful crunchy texture.


Vegetable casseroles are always a popular dish with a crowd; since cabbage is a year-round vegetable, it’s always available at your grocery store or farmer’s market. 


This casserole goes great with any Southern Sunday dinner,  plus it’s also an excellent side dish during the holidays.  I especially love this recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas side dish options as it’s special enough for a company casserole. I hope you give this one a try. This large casserole makes about 10 servings.


This cabbage casserole is perfect for a crowd because it makes A LOT and it’s a budget friendly side dish.  This recipe averages about $12 for all of the ingredients (that’s a little over a dollar per serving). 


Hopefully, you already have some of the ingredients on hand such as the salt, pepper, and butter (butter is the most expensive ingredient for this recipe).   Store brands can save you even more money.


baked casserole


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This recipe is easy to throw together for a simple vegetable side dish to make any occasion special. 


STEP 1:  Chop the cabbage into 1-inch squares (some people like to shred the cabbage, this works fine, too), and place in a large casserole dish.  Pour half a stick of melted butter over the cabbage and add the seasonings. Mix well.

Note:  Do you prefer crispy or crunchy cabbage?  If you like it crispy and crunchy, then don’t pre-cook the cabbage.  If you like it soft and tender, then pre-cook it before assembling the casserole.  You can boil the chopped cabbage in a pot of water or pan fry for about 5-8 minutes.  Then, proceed with the recipe directions. 


STEP 2:  Mix the soup and mayonnaise in a bowl.  The cream of mushroom soup mixed with mayonnaise creates a super smooth, velvety texture.  Then pour into the casserole dish and mix well with the cabbage. 


STEP 3:  Mix the crushed crackers with the cheese and spread on top of the casserole. 


STEP 4:  Pour remaining melted butter on top of cracker-cheese mixture.  The cheesy cracker topping gives it that special final touch.  Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.


baked casserole on blue plate


Serving Suggestions

The most common meats to serve with cabbage casserole are ham, chicken or turkey, and fish (see my Easy Grilled or Broiled BBQ Salmon recipe.  Sausage and cabbage go really well together, too.  Serve smoked sausage links, whole or sliced, next to your cabbage casserole.


Can I Add Ground Beef

There are many cabbage casserole recipes that call for cooked ground beef.  So, if you’re interested in a more hearty cabbage casserole that’s also a meal, add 1 pound cooked and drained ground beef to the casserole before baking. I would also suggest adding 1/2 cup beef broth to ensure the casserole doesn’t get dry from the beef.  Bake as directed.


Cabbage Variations

Got a head of cabbage…now what? Make a casserole like this one!  The ever so popular Egg Roll in a Bowl is always a delicious meal choice!  Try this Southern Fried Cabbage recipe from Immaculate Bites….cooked with garlic and bacon….delicious!


Storing Leftovers in the Fridge  

Store any leftovers in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I prefer to use BPA-free glass containers with locking lids.  Check out this 18-piece set of glass food storage containers with locking lids from Bayco, available now on Amazon.


Storing Leftovers in the Freezer

Cabbage freezes very well!  Allow the casserole to completely cool off.  Then place into a freezer container or sealable plastic freezer bag (write the date on the bag so you can easily remember it). Frozen cabbage casserole will stay fresh for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge the day before you plan to eat if. Reheat in a pot on the stove or in the oven or microwave.


casserole on blue plate with fork

Creamy Cheesy Cabbage Casserole Recipe

Cabbage casserole with a creamy sauce and cheesy cracker topping. This cabbage casserole recipe is perfect for any large get together and is a great side dish. Goes great with ham and turkey! 
4.67 from 9 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 431kcal


  • 1 head cabbage, chopped into 1-inch squares See Recipe Note
  • 1 stick butter, halved, melted
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • dash of cayenne, optional
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 sleeve ritz crackers, crushed


  • Placed the chopped cabbage (see recipe note) in a large casserole dish.  Add the chopped onion, salt and pepper (optional cayenne), and 1/2 stick melted butter.  Mix well.
  • In a bowl, combine the cream of mushroom soup and mayonnaise.  Pour over the cabbage.
  • Mix the crushed crackers and cheese and pour on top of the soup mixture.
  • Drizzle the remaining 1/2 stick melted butter on top of the cracker and cheese mixture.  Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes or until the cracker topping is crispy browned.


(A)  If you like cabbage crispy and crunchy, then don't pre-cook the cabbage.  If you like it soft and tender, then pre-cook it before putting the casserole together.  You can boil the chopped cabbage or pan fry for about 5-8 minutes.  Then, proceed with the recipe directions.  (B) Store cooked cabbage casserole in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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Serving: 4.7oz | Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 590mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g

Note:  Different brands will vary on the nutritional information provided, so keep that in mind.  For the most part, they should be fairly close.  Use a site like or to figure out this information based on the brands or ingredients you used.


If you try this recipe, leave me a comment!  I’d love to hear from you. 


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Easy Zucchini Pie


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17 thoughts on “Creamy Cheesy Cabbage Casserole”

    • So glad the two of you enjoyed it, Cindy! Adding shredded carrots sounds really good! I’ll have to try that soon.

  • 5 stars
    Making this recipe now. Converting to keto friendly. No cracker crumbs or mushroom soup. Whipping cream for coup. Added little sour cream. Browning ground beef to add for one dish meal. So yummy I’ll bet!! Added cayenne dash.

    • Hi Kay! Your keto version sounds delicious! I hope you let me know how it turns out. Thank you for sharing!

  • 3 stars
    Love cabbage casserole! When I make cabbage casserole I use crushed corn flakes instead of crackers and the sauce is 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 cup milk and 1 cup graded cheddar cheese heated in a saucepan till the cheese is melted stirring mixture so as not to scorch it. Layer crushed corn flakes in bottom of casserole dish , spoon melted butter over flakes add cabbage and onion, pour sauce over this layer, cover with crushed corn flakes, sprinkle melted butter over corn flakes and bake in 350 oven till bubbly (about 25 minutes).

  • 4 stars
    Casserole was delicious, The creamy mixture was clambered. What happened? I mixed soup, mayonnaise and half the melted butter together and pored over top the cabbage and onions.

    • Hi Sherry. Thanks for your comment and question. The only reason I can think of is you said you mixed the soup, mayo, AND melted butter together. Actually, we would only mix the soup and mayo together and pour that over the cabbage and onions. Followed by the crushed cracker and cheese mixture. Lastly, we would drizzle the remaining 1/2 stick of melted butter on top of the cheese-cracker mixture. Hope this helps. Thanks for trying my recipe!

  • Could I put foil on and cook for a little while to soften the cabbage and then uncover and add the cracker chesse mixture and finish baking

    • Hi Rosalind. I haven’t tried that but I believe it would work fine. For me, I usually boil the cabbage for a few minutes beforehand. Let me know how it turns out. Thanks!

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