Creamy Cabbage Casserole


This creamy cabbage casserole is subtly spicy and has the perfect balance of sweet, tender cabbage to classic, creamy béchamel sauce. The cracker and cheese topping adds a nice bit of crunch in every bite. Serve alongside roasted chicken or pork.

Creamy Cabbage Casserole
Photo: Photography / Greg DuPree, Styling / Ruth BlackBurn / Julia Bayless
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 11 cups sliced green cabbage (from 1 medium head)

  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)

  • 2 large celery stalks, thinly sliced crosswise

  • 16 whole-grain round buttery crackers (such as Ritz), crushed

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups reduced-fat milk

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup finely shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cabbage, onion and celery; stir to coat well. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender-crisp, 15 to 18 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, place the remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a small microwaveable bowl; microwave on High until melted, about 20 seconds. Add crackers to the butter and toss together until combined.

  3. Sprinkle the cabbage mixture evenly with flour and stir to coat. Stir in milk and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer, uncovered, stirring often, until the sauce is thickened and creamy and coats the cabbage mixture, 2 to 3 minutes. Add mustard, salt, cayenne, nutmeg and 1/2 cup cheese; stir until the cheese melts, about 30 seconds.

  4. Spoon the cabbage mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese and the buttered cracker mixture. Bake until bubbly around the edges and golden brown on top, about 20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

138 Calories
7g Fat
13g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 3/4 cup
Calories 138
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Vitamin A 381IU 8%
Sodium 340mg 15%
Potassium 253mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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