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Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

These UNSTUFFED CABBAGE ROLLS have all the flavor of a traditional cabbage roll and call for just 5 ingredients! This low carb cabbage rolls recipe is super filling and totally easy for busy nights! 

unstuffed cabbage rolls in yellow dutch oven

My family and I went on a cruise around the British Isles a few years ago 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.

Ingredient Notes:

unstuffed cabbage roll ingredients.

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Cabbage – Obviously you’re going to need some cabbage when making unstuffed cabbage rolls! One large chopped head of cabbage should do the trick. While cabbage does have a fair amount of carbs, it’s also full of fiber, which makes it a good low carb choice in moderation.

Ground Beef – I used lean ground beef in this recipe, but other types of ground meat will work too! Try chicken or turkey, if you’d like.

Marinara Sauce – I really love this Rao’s Marinara Sauce. It tastes great and doesn’t have any added sugars. You can use whichever brand you like, just be sure to check the label.

What Readers Are Saying:

“My family of 10 all gave 2 thumbs up!! I have some cabbage haters here, but they loved this!”
– Kris W.

unstuffed cabbage rolls in white bowl.

How To:

  • Prepare the Beef – First up you’re going to need to brown some beef. Add it to a Dutch oven and cook over medium heat, crumbling as it cooks. You shouldn’t need to drain the fat unless you are using some extra fatty ground beef. I would recommend using lean ground beef but it should be okay if you don’t have it. Once the meat has partially cooked you can add in the onions and garlic and cook for a couple more minutes, stirring often, before moving to the next step.ground beef with onions in pan
  • Add the Sauce – Next up is the tasty marinara sauce! Start by stirring in the marinara sauce and 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. Mix the sauce, beef, and onions up well and then move on to the final step!cabbage and beef in dutch oven
  • Add the Cabbage – Now all that’s left is to chop up a head of cabbage and add that to the pot. Just stuff it all in there and stir carefully! The cabbage will cook down some and the pot won’t be quite so full. Once the cabbage has cooked down until it is nice and tender, you’re all done! It’s so quick and easy and you can enjoy this recipe in just 30 minutes.cabbage and sausage in a dutch oven with a wooden spoon stirring it


Do I have to use ground beef?

Nope! Just about any type of ground meat should work in this. A few readers have suggested that ground lamb works really well in this recipe, and another mentioned using smoked sausage. Ground pork, chicken, and turkey would be great too.

Can I store/freeze this recipe?

These unstuffed cabbage rolls should store well in the fridge for a few days if you seal it tightly. I have not tried freezing this recipe, but I think it would freeze well and reheat perfectly.

More Keto Cabbage Recipes:

cabbage roll casserole in yellow dish

More low carb favorites:

Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl: The most popular recipe on my other blog!

Avocado Egg Salad: This one is for the avocado lovers out there!

Cauliflower Potato Salad: You won’t miss the potatoes, promise!

Brussel Sprouts and Bacon: Who would have guessed Brussels sprouts cold be so tasty?

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cabbage and sausage in a dutch oven with a wooden spoon stirring it

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Take the work out of cabbage rolls with this low carb cabbage roll casserole recipe! 

Yield 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  1. Add the beef to a 5 quart dutch oven over medium heat. Brown the meat, crumbling as it cooks.
  2. When meat is partially cooked, add the onion and garlic to the pan and continue cooking, stirring often.
  3. Add the cabbage, marinara, water, and salt to the pan and stir to cover the cabbage in the marinara and beef. 
  4. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until the cabbage is as tender as you'd like.
  5. 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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188 thoughts on “Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls”

  1. Daryl Graves

    What pepper do you suggest adding to this recipe if they wanted to spice it up?

  2. I made the unstuffed Cabage roll for dinner tonight ,it was so good ! I just had to let you know. this is a big keeper in my house ,thank you! No leftovers.

  3. I’m about to cook this now but… Red cabbage, ground turkey w/ white rice (and apples, maybe)

  4. Melody Bowen

    You don’t drain the grease off the beef? I can’t wait to make this and thank you for the knowledge of Rao’s marinara sauce. I am diabetic and a lot of tomato products have added sugar.

  5. My family loved this recipe, even the pickiest of eaters! The only change I made is that I added about a half teaspoon each of cumin, coriander, paprika, and chili powder.

  6. Did u list the macros for the 6 servings? Wouldn’t be hard to figure out I suppose I thought I missed it somehiw

  7. Jackie Faulkner

    Made the stuffed cabbage for dinner and my family loved it. I’m making the unstuffed cabbage I think we will like it just as well, and a lot les work.

  8. Just bought all the ingredients for this. Will be making tonight. I started my low carb journey today.

  9. I’ll be trying this one soon. I just found your website when a friend shared a recipe on Facebook, and I’ve marked the website as a favorite. I’ve recently been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, so all of a sudden, it’s all about carbs — especially the white carbs that are such staples of the American diet. I should (just about) throw out my long-built recipe collection, and start over. I see a number of recipes on your site that I will definitely be trying out.

  10. So good! I used a whole onion, more salt and just a tad more water while cooking. Then I put it over cauliflower rice and topped with mozzarella.

  11. Deborah Sutterlin

    I made this last week love it made a few changes . I used a jar of Priano Four Cheese spaghetti sauce, no water ,and 1 cup cheddar cheese and 1 cup mozzarella. I cooked half way on top of stove just till cabbage was soften a little about 10 minutes, then added my cheese and baked about 45 minutes . My fussy husband LOVED IT! Thank for all these wonderful recipes.

  12. Instead of marinara sauce use a can of crushed tomatoes and add a pinch of cinnamon…. U wont be disappointed

    1. Sherry Hurley

      I do unstuffed peppers same way. I slice up green peppers add my cooked hamburger I used the steam fresh cauliflower add tomato soup, shredded cheese and bake in oven for about 30 min add more cheese and cook for another 5 to 10 min

    1. Karly Campbell

      No, sorry, I just based the nutrition off this serving 6, I didn’t measure out portions.

  13. Cashenna Gibbs

    This was very delicious I tried it with the ground turkey couldn’t find the Rao marinade sauce but I used low sodium diced tomatoes and tomatoe paste wasn’t so sure how it was going to turn out but my picky family gave me 2 thumbs up.

      1. My friend says, “if it’s edible, it’s feeezable”. That’s what she learned in Home ecs class back in the 60’s

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