Low-Carb Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole (Video)
Low-Carb Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole is a low-carb version of a super-popular casserole from the early days of my blog! This will definitely be a hit with stuffed cabbage fans.
Watch how to make Low-Carb Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole!
Way back in the early days of my blog my friend Dolores sent me her recipe for Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole, and it was a big hit on the blog. That casserole was something I made quite a few times myself back in the day when I’d cook food on the weekend so I had things to take to school for lunch. Then as my focus shifted to more low-carb cooking and eating, I mentioned in the recipe notes that you could switch out the rice in that casserole for cauliflower rice.
But I hadn’t tried that myself until recently, and after making this new Low-Carb Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole a few times to get it just right, I am so happy to share it with you. Anyone who likes stuffed cabbage but wants an easier way to make it that’s also low in carbs is going to be a fan of this recipe!
I admit that this is a recipe with quite a few steps compared to some of my casseroles, but when we tested the recipe we had the idea of using “steam-in-the-bag” frozen cauliflower rice for that part of the preparation, and it saved some time. I’m not always a fan of this kind of product because you’re paying a lot more for convenience, but I liked using it in a recipe like this. Of course use regular fresh riced cauliflower that’s sauteed in a little olive oil if you prefer not to microwave; I’ll give you enough information about amounts for people to make that switch.
And one more thing before I get to the recipe. While it’s true this recipe has quite a few steps, it also makes at least 8 servings, so there’s plenty to freeze and I love taking a container of this tasty casserole out of the freezer and reheating it for a quick dinner. I eat mine sometimes with a little sour cream on top, enjoy!
Preparing Ingredients for Low-Carb Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole:
(This is just a summary of the steps; scroll down for complete printable recipe.)
- Preheat oven and spray a large deep casserole dish with nonstick spray.
- Brown the ground beef and season with a little salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
- While beef browns, chop onion, prepare garlic, and measure sweet paprika (affiliate link), sharp or hot paprika, and thyme. Drain petite dice tomatoes.
- When the beef is browned, push it over, add a tiny bit more oil if needed, and brown onions. Then add garlic and spices and cook 1-2 minutes more. Stir the onion-spice mixture into the ground beef.
- Add the petite dice tomatoes and tomato sauce to the beef-onion mixture and let it simmer on low heat while you prepare the cabbage and cauliflower.
- Chop a medium head of cabbage. You need about 10 cups chopped cabbage.
- Heat some olive oil in another large frying pan and cook the cabbage over medium-low heat until cabbage is wilted and starting to brown.
- Meanwhile, cook one package (10.5 oz.) frozen cauliflower rice in the microwave. (The cauliflower rice will cook more in the oven, so don’t get it too soft at this point. I’m not being paid to promote that product, but it did work well for this recipe.)
- If you prefer to use fresh riced cauliflower use 2.5 cups and microwave or cook in a frying pan with a little olive oil until it’s softened.
- Stir the cooked cauliflower rice into the ground beef mixture. Measure out the cheese.
Assembling and Baking Low-Carb Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole:
- In the casserole dish make a layer with half the cooked cabbage.
- Put half the ground beef-cauliflower rice mixture over the cabbage.
- Top that with half the grated cheese.
- Then make another layer of cabbage, ground beef-cauliflower rice mixture, and cheese.
- Bake Low-Carb Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole uncovered for about 40 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbling and the cheese is melted and starting to lightly brown.
- Serve hot, and don’t be afraid to add a little sour cream on top like I do if that idea appeals to you!
This freezes well or can be made ahead and stored in the fridge to be reheated during the week.
More Low-Carb Dinners with Cabbage:
Low-Carb Roasted Lemon Cabbage and Sausage Sheet Pan Meal
Low-Carb Autumn Tin Foil Dinners
Leftover Corned Beef Low-Carb Reuben Bake
Low-Carb Fried Cabbage with Bacon
Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or Stovetop Low-Carb Ham and Cabbage Soup
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
There are a number of good spice purveyors that sell Hungarian Paprika, but for years I've been a huge fan of Szeged Paprika (affiliate link) which can be purchased on Amazon. Using the "steam in the bag" cauliflower made this easy, but use 2 1/2 cups riced fresh cauliflower if you prefer. I don't promote products for payment on my blog, so Birds Eye hasn't paid me to promote their steam-in-the-bag Cauliflower Rice and they have no idea I am talking about it here! Use more or less cheese to taste. Use any white cheese that melts well. This recipe is a low-carb version of the Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole recipe I got from my friend Dolores many years ago. Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 503mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 27g
There are a number of good spice purveyors that sell Hungarian Paprika, but for years I've been a huge fan of Szeged Paprika (affiliate link) which can be purchased on Amazon.
Using the "steam in the bag" cauliflower made this easy, but use 2 1/2 cups riced fresh cauliflower if you prefer. I don't promote products for payment on my blog, so Birds Eye hasn't paid me to promote their steam-in-the-bag Cauliflower Rice and they have no idea I am talking about it here!
Use more or less cheese to taste. Use any white cheese that melts well.
This recipe is a low-carb version of the Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole recipe I got from my friend Dolores many years ago.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Low-Carb Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Casserole is a good main dish for low-glycemic or low-carb diets, including any phase of the South Beach Diet. I’m not calling this Keto because of the tomatoes, but you could probably make it without the tomato sauce and use use only one can of tomatoes if you prefer fewer carbs.
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