Un-stuffed Cabbage Skillet

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 small or 1/2 of a large onion, diced
1/2 of a cabbage, finely chopped or grated
1-14 oz. can diced tomatoes
1-8oz. can tomato sauce
1 cup uncooked rice
2 cups water
Salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded Cheddar or Colby Jack cheese

Brown ground beef with onion. Salt and pepper to taste. Drain excess fat. Add remaining ingredients except for cheese, to the skillet. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Cook for 20-30 minutes until cabbage is tender and the rice is cooked. Note: stir once or twice to prevent sticking. Once the cabbage is tender and rice is cooked, turn off heat. Top the mixture with cheese and return the lid to the skillet until the cheese melts.