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, stirring 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. Or skip the cheese topping and just serve tomatoey beef on a bed of the spinach.

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 – increase oven temp to 250C (480F). Cabbage will take 10-15 minutes. And will only take 5 mins to brown at the end. Or if you don’t mind getting another pot dirty, boil cabbage in about 2cm (1in) salted water with the lid on for 4-5 minutes or until cabbage is soft. Drain well then use as per the recipe from step 4.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

cabbage – will keep in a plastic bag in the fridge for weeks, even months. Can be frozen but will have a wilted texture once defrosted.

minced (ground) beef – freeze it.

tomato passata – keep it in the pantry.

sour cream – use for another meal.

parmesan – keeps for longer in a chunk so only grate when you’re cooking. I wrap in waxed paper or baking paper and then keep in an airtight container or a sealed ziplock bag. I prefer this over just wrapping in cling wrap because the air in the container allows the cheese to breathe and not sweat but the container / plastic bag prevents from drying out in the dry fridge air. Either way will keep for months.

baby spinach or salad leaves – are highly perishable. My first path would be to use them for another meal (salad for breakfast!) but if that isn’t possible you can pop them in the freezer. They will wilt down but can then be used anywhere you’d use wilted greens. At least this way they wont go slimey.

Low Carb Cabbage Lasagne

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