Copycat Runza Casserole

Copycat Runza Casserole

**Update this post was first brought to you back in October of 2014. But I’ve learned so much since then it was time to redo the post. Enjoy this “new” old post.

Copycat Runza

Some of you may or may not know that Mr. SMSL used to drive a truck for a living. With that being said one of his routes was into Nebraska frequently, where he found the famous Runza restaurant. He then introduced our daughter and I to Runza’s on a family vacation to Omaha, Nebraska when our daughter was in Kindergarten. I LOVED it, but there is one small problem. Getting a Runza from the actual Runza restaurant is something that happens about once a year, if I am lucky!

So, off to Google I went to find a copycat recipe for a Runza and I came up with several, but I tried this one first. It was good, but I used our own bread recipe, but it wasn’t a Runza so to speak. Next up, we tried this recipe, but Mr. SMSL said, “he didn’t like that one at all.” Ok, so fast forward through a few more attempts, and I finally mastered the Runza he remembered!

But I still wasn’t sure that it was right, so on a recent trip, I bought a frozen Runza, brought it home and cooked it along side of this recipe, and let me tell you was he ever a happy camper! So without further ado, here is our version of the “quick” Runza recipe. We use “store” bought ingredients to make it a quicker meal but it is the best when you make your own bread.

Quick Runza Recipe

2 packages of crescent rolls

1 pound sausage (they are usually made with beef, but we prefer sausage!)

1 can beef broth

1 medium onion

1/4 a head of cabbage (you can use 1/2 a head if it’s smaller)

Salt, Pepper, Garlic

Cheese –Pepperjack cheese gives it a nice kick, “Velvetta” Cheese makes it gooey, Sharp Cheddar is our favorite

 Copycat Runza Casserole

  1.  Brown your one pound of sausage, don’t forget to salt and pepper it to your liking.
  2. Add about a teaspoon or so of garlic powder and once the hamburger is browned add in your chopped onions and shredded cabbage.
  3. Open a can of beef broth and let it all get happy, in the skillet together. I cooked ours for about 30 minutes.
  4. Spread out a can of crescent rolls on the bottom of the pan,  then spoon in your Runza mixture.
  5. Top with cheese, I used 6 slices that I just cut off myself, but you could use pre-sliced cheese.
  6. Top with an additional roll of crescent rolls.
  7. Tuck the sides in to make a big “roll”.
  8. Bake until golden brown at 350º F for about 20 minutes.


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Copycat Runza Casserole

Bake as directed until golden brown, but after you pull it out of the oven be sure to let it cool down a little before biting into it. I also called mine a casserole because I baked it in a casserole pan and didn’t make them as individual sandwiches or rolls. This recipe is easily adapted to fit your families needs and likes. But for our family the Copycat Runza Casserole was just right!

Are you a Runza lover??

Homemade Runzas or Copycat Runzas it is really yummy with homemade bread, but this option is  much quicker. #recipes #Runzas


Money saving Mom/Grandmother of 1, who loves to travel, cook, and of course spend time with family. Fun.Travel.Food not necessarily in that order serving Missouri and beyond!

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Holy yummm

Courtney Johnson

Looks sooo good!! I have never heard of this dish before!!

Martha in KS

Looks good, but Runzas are made with beef. I’ll try that instead.


Looks delicious!


I’ve never heard of this before. It looks fun and messy!

Lana simanovicki

This looks easy to make

This is the best! The first time we tried it I fell in love. Thank you for a great recipe!

Heide M.

Thanks for posting, gotta try this.

LeAnn Harbert

This looks like it would be really good.


This recipe is awesome!! Thanks it’s become a favorite in our home…

Lynne B

I’ve never had run a but, looking at the ingredients, I love runza!! Thanks for the shortcut recipe!

shannon fowler

This sounds so good! I know it would be a family hit.

Heather Amos

This sounds and looks delicious. I am going to make this soon.


This is an interesting recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Liz Jo

Looks delicious perfect for a cold night!

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Geri Sandoval

Never heard or had Runza, but my family would love it. Going to have to make it soon.


Beef and cabbage go beautiful together I make a hand pie with the two but never thought of adding cheese!
Sounds delicious!
Thanks for the recipe!

Holly Wright

This sounds so tasty thanks for sharing this great recipe with me. I will try an make this for my family soon.


I have never even heard of this but looks like a perfect fall comfort meal.

Melissa Storms

This sounds amazing, I think we would like the version with pepper jack cheese the most.


I have no ideas what Runza was until now. Looks interesting! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned! Have a great week!

Karyl Henry

I love runzas! They are so fabulous. Never thought of doing them as a casserole though. What a great twist

Ghalmi Chokri

I never seen before but looks very delicious! also easy to do! May i make the recipe someday! Thankyou!

Julie Waldron

This sounds really good & easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

Shakeia Rieux

I haven’t tried this before, but it does look and sound good and would be worth trying. I will be adding this to my pinterest

denise low

I have never tried this before. But it looks really delicious. This one will be on my list.

Ghalmi Chokri

Looks delicious ! i love it! This recipe is great thanks for suggesting!


I’ve never heard of Runza, and never saw a recipe like it at all. But I love cabbage, and this looks like a delish way to have it. I love the story, too! I must try this!


cabbage and meat and cheese are so important. it looks very good

love, mom


This is not anything like a runza. Obviously you’ve only had the junk food store recipe. Try one that doesn’t call or use canned breads. Thats just violently disgusting.