Cabbage ‘Lasagna’ (Low Carb)

Low Carb Cabbage Lasagne-3

Cabbage ‘Lasagna’ (Low Carb)

I think cabbage is one of the most underrated vegetables.

I love it raw in crunchy shaved salads, I love it fermented into sauerkraut or kimchi and I just adore it cooked until soft and then used as a pasta substitute such as in this Low Carb ‘Lasagna’.

You’ll be surprised just how well this dish compares with your traditional carb-laden lasagne. It’s super comforting, can be made in advance and reheats beautifully. Win win win!

enough for 3-4
takes an hour

1/2 large cabbage (500g / 1lb)
450g (1lb) minced (ground) beef
700g (3cups) tomato passata (puree NOT concentrated tomato paste)
300g (1 1/4cups) sour cream
2 handfuls grated parmesan (100g / 3.5oz)
baby spinach or salad leaves, to serve

1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F). Slice cabbage finely. Place cabbage in an oven proof lasagna dish (approx 22cmx28cm / 8inx11in but it doesn’t need to be exact). Drizzle generously with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

2. Roast cabbage until really soft – about 20 minutes, turning about half way.

3. Meanwhile, brown meat in a hot pan with a little oil. Then add the tomato puree and simmer for 10 minutes or so. Taste and season with salt if needed.

4. When the cabbage is soft and cooked down, layer with the meat sauce.

5. Mix sour cream and Parmesan then spread carefully over the top. Depending on the size of your dish it may not completely cover so I leave some space around the edges (see photo below).

6. Bake 200C for about 15-20 minutes or until hot and bubbly and browned on top. Serve with salad on the side.


vegetarian – replace beef with cooked lentils or beans.

dairy-free / paleo – replace the sour cream and parmesan with a few handfuls almond meal or soft bread crumbs. Scatter over the top to give a lovely crust.

vegan – combine the vegetarian and dairy-free options.

more veg – feel free to layer in other cooked veg like roast zucchini, eggplant (aubergine), capsicum (bell peppers) or mushrooms.

carb lovers – add in a few layers of lasagna sheets and expect to cook for longer. Or serve with garlic bread.

short on time – skip the layering and roasting part.

Low Carb Cabbage Lasagne

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