Savory Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole Recipe

Are you looking for a hearty and healthy casserole recipe that will blow your taste buds away? Look no further than our Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole! This delicious recipe combines fresh, crunchy cabbage with sweet apples and warm cinnamon to create a comforting, flavorful dish that’s perfect for any occasion.

But that’s not all – this casserole is also vegetarian and vegan-friendly! We’ve swapped out traditional ingredients like butter and ground beef for plant-based options that are just as satisfying. Plus, with just 15 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes in the oven, it’s an easy dinner or lunch option for busy weeknights.

So whether you’re a longtime vegan or just looking to try something new, our Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole is the perfect way to satisfy your cravings while staying healthy. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole (Vegetarian Too!)
Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole (Vegetarian Too!)

Are you looking for a hearty and satisfying vegetarian meal that’s packed with flavor? Look no further than this Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole.

The combination of sweet apples and savory cabbage is sure to please your taste buds. Plus, the cinnamon adds an extra layer of warmth and depth to the dish. It’s a delightful balance of flavors that will keep you coming back for more.

Not just that, but this recipe is perfect for those who are health-conscious. It uses ingredients like canola oil cooking spray instead of butter or margarine to cut down on unhealthy fats. The addition of cabbage also makes it a great source of fiber and nutrients.

This Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole is not only delicious but versatile as well. It’s a great dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can even make it ahead of time and reheat it as needed.

With its simple preparation and easy-to-find ingredients, this vegetarian recipe is perfect for any occasion. So why settle for boring meals when you can enjoy something tasty, healthy, and comforting? Trust me; you’ll love this recipe!

Ingredient List

 A comforting casserole with delightful flavors
A comforting casserole with delightful flavors

Let’s talk ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious, healthy, and vegetarian cabbage apple cinnamon casserole recipe:

  • Cabbage: This recipe calls for both green and red cabbage, giving the dish a beautiful color and texture variation.
  • Apples: Use your favorite type of apple to give the dish a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.
  • Brown Sugar: This enhances the natural sweetness of the apples and is a key element in making the cinnamon flavor more prominent.
  • Breadcrumbs: Italian seasoned breadcrumbs are used in this recipe because they provide an added layer of flavor to the cabbage.
  • Butter: For richness in flavor and making the dish savory.
  • Cinnamon: The classic combination with apples naturally goes well with cabbage as well. A warm spice that complements almost everything.
  • Canola Oil Cooking Spray: To grease the casserole dish before adding ingredients. It makes cleaning up much easier!

All these ingredients are easily found in your local grocery stores, and even online through various retailers such as Amazon or Walmart.

The Recipe How-To

 A perfect dish for the season
A perfect dish for the season

Now that you have the ingredients ready, it’s time to start cooking! Follow these simple steps to make your Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole:

Step 1: Preheat oven and prepare casserole dish

Preheat your oven to 375°F. Grease a casserole dish with canola oil spray or use its equivilent in canola oil. Set aside.

Step 2: Sauté onions and butter

Heat olive oil or butter in a large pan over medium heat until hot. Add diced onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes until softened.

Step 3: Add shredded red cabbage and sliced apples

Stir in the shredded red cabbage and apple slices with cinnamon together layer upon layer until all of them are used up.

Step 4: Sprinkle with sugar and breadcrumbs

Sprinkle brown sugar on top, followed by breadcrumbs.

Step 5: Bake

Bake the casserole for about 45 minutes, until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and the apples are soft.

Congratulations! Now you have a delicious Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole that is perfect for any occasion.

Substitutions and Variations

 A great way to incorporate cabbage into your diet
A great way to incorporate cabbage into your diet

Looking to spice up this already delicious Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole? Fear not, as there are a plethora of substitutions and variations that can be made to cater to your specific taste buds.

Vegetarians rejoice! This recipe is already vegetarian friendly. But for our vegan friends, feel free to substitute butter or margarine with olive oil or vegan butter. For those who may have a coconut allergy, try using another form of oil in place of the canola oil spray equivalent.

In terms of the cabbage, red cabbage is used in this recipe. However, it can easily be substituted for green cabbage or even purple cabbage for an added pop of color. And if you’re not a fan of breadcrumbs, try using panko crumbs or crushed crackers instead.

For an added protein boost, consider adding some ground beef to the mix. This will give the dish a heartier feel while still maintaining its overall taste and texture.

If you’re looking for something completely different than the original recipe, try using the core ingredients – cabbage, apples and cinnamon – in other dishes such as an apple coleslaw or baked apples. And don’t forget about using red cabbage in other recipes such as braised red cabbage, cabbage rolls or even cheesy cabbage casserole!

Whichever variation or substitution you choose to make, remember that cooking is all about trial and error. Cooking should be an adventure and never boring!

Serving and Pairing

 The sweetness of apples combined with the spiciness of cinnamon
The sweetness of apples combined with the spiciness of cinnamon


Once this delicious and comforting Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole is done, it’s time to indulge in a scrumptious meal. This vegetarian dish with its sweet and savory flavors is great as a main course or a side dish.

Serving this dish in individual portions or simply scooping from the casserole dish can be an excellent option. The casserole also tastes fantastic when served alongside some steamed vegetables, such as broccoli or green beans, or even some roasted vegetables like carrots or brussels sprouts, that compliment the dishes’ natural flavors.

If you are looking for something more substantial, try serving it with some vegan sausage or veggie meatballs, for a wholesome and flavorful meal. The options are endless, and you can experiment with different sides depending on your taste preference.

This recipe makes for an easy preparation for serving at potlucks, holidays, and family gatherings. Adding a sprinkle of parsley or fresh thyme leaves on top of the casserole can enhance the presentation and appeal of your dish.

Lastly, don’t forget to pair this fantastic vegetarian recipe with a glass of white wine such as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. You can also opt for a light red wine such as Pinot Noir or a non-alcoholic sparkling cider. A good pairing boosts your dining experience even further.

In conclusion, serving up this delicious cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole adds something different to your plate while maintaining an enriching taste that satisfies the senses.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A vegetarian option for a hearty meal
A vegetarian option for a hearty meal

This cabbage apple cinnamon casserole is an ideal dish for meal prepping. You can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge to reheat later or even freeze it for future meals. The casserole reheats beautifully and maintains its delicious flavors.

To make-ahead, prepare the recipe as directed and let it cool completely before storing. Cover the casserole dish tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

When reheating, gently remove the cover from the casserole dish and bake it in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 20-25 minutes until warmed through.

If you want to freeze this casserole, prepare and cook it as directed, let it cool completely, wrap tightly with freezer-safe wrap or aluminum foil and securely seal in a zip-top freezer bag. Label the bag with the date your prepared the dish and freeze for up to 2 months.

To reheat a frozen casserole, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before baking. Then, bake as previously directed or until heated through.

Whether you choose to make this cabbage apple cinnamon casserole ahead of time or enjoy leftovers throughout the week, you’re guaranteed a delicious and comforting meal every time.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A creamy and crunchy texture that will leave you wanting more
A creamy and crunchy texture that will leave you wanting more

Now that you’ve got the hang of the recipe, I can share some tips that will help you achieve perfect results with your Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole. Here are my top tips for making this dish even more mouth-watering and unforgettable!

First things first, be sure to coat your casserole dish with a cooking spray before adding your ingredients. This ensures that the casserole doesn’t stick and it makes cleaning up afterward much easier.

When slicing your cabbage, I recommend using a sharp, large knife. You want your slices to be somewhat thin but also sturdy enough to hold up during cooking. Thinly sliced cabbage can become too soggy and ruin the texture of the finished product.

It’s also important to make sure you are layering the ingredients in an organized fashion. Start with a layer of cabbage on the bottom of the dish, followed by a layer of sliced apples and cinnamon sugar mixture. Repeat these layers until you run out of ingredients.

For best results, use a high-quality cinnamon. It is the secret ingredient that enhances the flavor profile of this dish! I like to mix my cinnamon with brown sugar and breadcrumbs before layering it over the cabbage and apple slices. The combination provides a mouth-watering texture and taste.

If you would like to turn this into a vegan recipe, simply substitute butter with margarine or olive oil in equal amounts. This will give you similar taste as butter would have but without any animal products!

Lastly, after baking your casserole, let it cool for about 5 minutes before serving. This allows all of the flavors to meld together properly and makes for easier cutting into individual servings.

With these tips in mind, you’re sure to impress everyone at your next dinner party while enjoying one of my favorite vegetarian casseroles!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole is the perfect dish to add to your vegetarian recipe collection. With its combination of healthy vegetables and sweetness from the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon, it’s sure to be a hit with your entire family – vegans and non-vegans alike!

Not only is it delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple steps and a handful of ingredients, you’ll have a flavorful casserole ready in no time. Plus, you can easily swap out ingredients or adjust the recipe based on your preferences.

So why not give it a try? Whether you’re looking for a healthy side dish or a main entree, this cabbage apple cinnamon casserole is sure to satisfy your taste buds. So don’t hesitate – grab your canola oil cooking spray and get cooking!

Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole (Vegetarian Too!)

Cabbage Apple Cinnamon Casserole (Vegetarian Too!) Recipe

Thought cabbage was a bit boring, TRUE! Even if people don't like cabbage, they'll like this too! LOVE combination, healthy too! HOPE you'll try ...let me know what you think, TRUE!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vegetarian
Calories 174.1 kcal


  • 1/2 head cabbage
  • 6 6 tablespoons butter substitute or 6 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 cups apples
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • canola oil cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  • Chop cabbage in pieces.
  • Add to boiling water and cook for about 4 minutes; DRAIN.
  • Spray casserole dish with Canola Oil spray or equivilent.
  • Mix peeled apple slices and cinnamon together.
  • Layer cabbage, apples, sugar and breadcrumbs in that order; continue until finish layers.
  • Make sure last layer breadcrumbs are on top.
  • Melt butter and pour over top.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 180 degrees (350) for about 50 minutes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 92gCalories: 174.1kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 2.3gFat: 9.3gSaturated Fat: 5.6gCholesterol: 22.9mgSodium: 162.7mgFiber: 2.9gSugar: 12.4g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Apple, Easy, Fruit, Low Protein, Oven, Vegetable
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