Last Friday, I was hungry for either stuffed green bell peppers or cabbage rolls. I couldn't make up my mind which I'd rather have. I decided I'd make a casserole combining the best of both worlds.
This was more delicious than I could have imagined. It makes wonderful leftovers as well.
1 1/2 lb. Italian sausage (mild or hot) removed from casings
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped
1 T. chopped garlic
1/2 t. fennel seeds, crushed
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. dried basil
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
1 15 oz. diced tomatoes (roasted garlic flavor)
24 oz. tomato sauce (with Italian herbs)
1 cup water
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup raw rice
4 - 5 cups shredded green cabbage
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
In a 5 quart Dutch oven, over medium high heat, brown sausage and drain.
Add onion and bell pepper and let cook until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 - 6 minutes. Add garlic and seasonings. Stir to combine with the sausage and vegetables and let cook 1 minute.
Next add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, beans, rice and cabbage.
Continue stirring until all ingredients are combined and spoon into casserole dish.
Cover with foil and let cook 1 - 1 1/2 hours until rice is completely cooked.
Top with grated Parmesan if desired.