These UNSTUFFED CABBAGE ROLLS have all the flavor of a traditional cabbage roll with minimal work! This low carb cabbage rolls recipe is super filling and totally easy for busy nights!
My family and I went on a cruise around the British Isles last year and it was a seriously amazing trip. We stopped at 11 different ports and I absolutely loved trying the different foods in each port.
But what I loved even more was watching my son get excited seeking out local restaurants to get an authentic taste of each country.
One of our ports had a little Russian restaurant that he insisted on trying.
We were in Scotland at the time, but he’d had enough shepherd’s pie and wasn’t interested in trying haggis, so we got a little taste of Russia. He ordered cabbage rolls and I was super skeptical over whether or not he’d like them.
Y’all, the kid LOVES cabbage. I’ve been making all kinds of low carb cabbage recipes for him since then. This unstuffed cabbage casserole might just be his new favorite.
How to make unstuffed cabbage casserole:
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Rather than take time wrapping cabbage leaves around a filling, we’re just going to dump chopped cabbage right in with the filling mixture and let it all cook together. So easy and you still get all of the flavor! To start, you’ll brown up some ground beef.
When the beef is partially browned and fully crumbled, toss in some diced onion and minced garlic.
Once your veggies have softened up a bit, stir in some marinara sauce and a bit of water.
I use Rao’s marinara because it’s the BEST tasting sauce I’ve found in a jar and it also happens to be the lowest in carbs. Isn’t that a win? Next, you’ll chop up a head of cabbage and add that to your pot. Just stuff it all in there and stir carefully.
The cabbage will cook down some and your pot won’t be quite so full.
Let the cabbage cook down until it’s nice and tender. These unstuffed cabbage rolls are ready to eat in just about 30 minutes.
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- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large head of cabbage, chopped
- 24 ounces marinara sauce, such as Rao's
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Add the beef to a 5 quart dutch oven over medium heat. Brown the meat, crumbling as it cooks.
- When meat is partially cooked, add the onion and garlic to the pan and continue cooking, stirring often.
- Add the cabbage, marinara, water, and salt to the pan and stir to cover the cabbage in the marinara and beef.
- Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until the cabbage is as tender as you'd like.
- Serve immediately.
We prefer to use Rao's marinara, but any will do. Be sure it contains zero added sugars.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 1030mgCarbohydrates: 12gNet Carbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 34g
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