Low-Carb Cabbage Roll Casserole

Substituting cauliflower rice for white or brown rice is what makes this a low-carb Cabbage Roll Casserole. I promise you’ll never even miss the rice. The flavor is spot-on and completely delicious low-carb dinner!

Low carb cauliflower rice in a casserole dish with a lid and a spoon.


I’d been hearing a lot about cauliflower rice, but it took me a long time to jump on the bandwagon.

Then, one night decided I’d give it a go as I played around with my idea for this keto deconstructed cabbage roll casserole and the results were fantastic!

You’ll never miss the rice. You have my word on that!

Bacon-Wrapped Broccoli Stalks (featured in the video below) is another low-carb/keto recipe I know you’ll also enjoy!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making this Keto Cabbage Roll Casserole is available near the end of this post. 

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The ingredient list;

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Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole with Cauliflower Rice

What makes this recipe keto?

Cauliflower has got to be the most versatile of ingredients when cooking and eating keto.

It can be used as a substitution for so many things when you’re watching your carb intake, such as potatoes (check out my recipe for Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Mashers), wheat products (as in pizza crust, from this recipe I found on Pop Sugar), and, of course for rice, as in the recipe I’m sharing with you today.

Can this keto main course recipe be frozen?

Yes! I suggest making and baking the entire casserole and allowing it to cool completely before freezing.

Wrap well in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.

To cook from frozen, please the casserole in a preheated 350-degree oven, covered, for 60 minutes. Uncover and cook for an additional 15 minutes, if needed, to heat through.

A horizontal photo of a tan casserole dish filled with keto cabbage roll casserole.

Recipe notes and tips for making homemade cauliflower rice;

  • Making cauliflower rice is super easy as long as you follow a few simple suggestions. All you’ll need is a nice, healthy head of cauliflower cut into small florets (approximately 2″), and a food processor.
  • I found that the smaller I cut the florets, the easier it was for my processor to turn the cauliflower into fine crumbs.
  • The other thing I found made it easier was to not pack the processor too full.
  • Working in smaller batches and not overstuffing was the key to my successful “ricing.”

What about using store-bought cauliflower rice?

Brilliant idea!

You can now purchase cauliflower which has already been “riced” in the frozen vegetable section of the market. Look for it if you don’t own a food processor, or if you’re short on time.

Below are the easy step-by-step photo instructions for making keto cabbage roll casserole;

  • If making homemade cauliflower rice, cut the cauliflower into 2″ pieces and pulse in a food processor to form a rice-like consistency.
  • Saute the cauliflower rice in a large skillet along with the butter and olive oil.
How to make keto cabbage roll casserole photo tutorial.
  • Add the sliced cabbage to the skillet along with the chopped onion. 
  • Saute over medium/high heat, stirring occasionally.
How to make keto cabbage roll casserole photo tutorial.
  • Add the garlic, teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  • Continue sautéing until the cabbage wilts down in the pan, and all the flavors have combined (approximately 10 minutes).
  • Remove the cabbage mixture to a large bowl and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In the same large skillet, brown the ground beef over high heat until no pink remains.
  • Stir in the precooked bacon and the remaining salt and pepper.
How to make keto cabbage roll casserole photo tutorial.
  • Add the browned beef to the bowl with the cabbage mixture and stir to combine.
  • Spray a 1½ quart casserole dish with the olive oil spray and spoon the cabbage/beef mixture evenly into the dish.
  • Cover the casserole dish with a lid (or use foil) and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, add cheese if desired (not shown), and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot.
How to make keto cabbage roll casserole photo tutorial.

For other low-carb and/or keto recipes, please click on the following titles for;

  • Bacon-Wrapped Broccoli Stalk Appetizers (pictured below and in the featured video) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

The idea for these Bacon Wrapped Broccoli Stalk Appetizers came to me one night as I was preparing broccoli for dinner. I’m not normally a broccoli stalk eater, but disposing of them is awfully wasteful. That’s when my lightbulb moment hit, and the results are utterly delicious!

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“Mashed cauliflower is mixed with cream cheese, butter, cream, garlic and horseradish sauce for an extra zip of flavor! Even if you’re not a huge cauliflower fan, I hope you’ll give this recipe for cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Casserole a try because I believe it will make you (or someone you love) a cauliflower convert.”

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“This original Kudos Kitchen recipe for Speedy Keto Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms is my fast and speedy riff on a traditional chicken Parmesan…with a keto twist!”

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  • Un-Stuffed Low-Carb Cabbage Roll Casserole (pictured below) this is the place!
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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Keto Cabbage Roll Casserole.

4.6 from 15 votes
Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Substituting cauliflower rice for white or brown rice is what makes this a Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole. I promise that you’ll never even miss the rice. The flavor is spot-on!
Course: healthy side dish, low carb recipe, Main Course
Cuisine: Comfort Food
Keyword: low carb casserole, low carb unstuffed cabbage casserole
Servings: 8
Calories: 380 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée – Kudos Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower cut into 2″ florets and riced (in batches) in a food processor
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ head green cabbage cored, and cut into shreds
  • 1 medium onion rough chopped (your favorite variety)
  • 3 teaspoon salt divided
  • teaspoon pepper divided
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 5-6 slices bacon precooked and crumbled
  • 2 pounds ground beef browned
  • olive oil spray
  • shredded cheddar cheese optional
Instructions
  1. In a large saute pan with high sides, melt the butter and olive oil over medium/ high heat. Add the riced cauliflower and saute for 4-5 minutes.

  2. Add the onion, shredded cabbage, precooked bacon, garlic, teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Continue sauteing until the cabbage wilts down in the pan, and all the flavors have combined (approximately 10 minutes).

  4. Remove the cabbage mixture to a large bowl and set aside.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  6. In the same large skillet, brown the ground beef over high heat until no pink remains. Stir in the remaining salt and pepper.

  7. Add the browned beef to the bowl with the cabbage mixture and stir to combine.

  8. Spray the casserole dish with the olive oil spray and spoon the cabbage/beef mixture evenly into the dish. 

  9. Cover the casserole dish with a lid (or use foil) and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the lid, add cheese if desired (not shown), and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes.
Recipe Notes

As a time saver, this casserole can be made ahead and refrigerated before baking and serving.

If refrigerating, make sure you bring the casserole to room temperature before baking or increase the baking time by half.

 

tools and equipment:

large casserole dish, large skillet, chef’s knife, cutting board, food processor,  large bowl, wooden spoon or spatula, measuring spoons, measuring cups

Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 1108mg48%
Potassium 727mg21%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Vitamin C 56.7mg69%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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24 Comments

  1. Mmm, Looks and sounds so good!

  2. How clever! It looks hearty and delicious!

  3. I hide cauli in recipes and my family has no idea! Love this unstuffed cauli recipe even better than traditional cabbage rolls!

  4. I can't get enough of cauliflower and am always looking for different ways to use it. I know even my kiddos would like this!A great way to enjoy one of my favorite veggies!

  5. This is so innovative and creative. I've never heard of using it as rice but I would definitely try it.

  6. Love this!! You definitely had me at low-carb.

  7. Wow – that looks just as delicious as the original version with rice! I'm always looking for ways to get more veggies in my meals – I've got to try this, even if I'm not on a low-carb diet!

  8. This is so creative! Love that its low carb!

  9. I've never made cauliflower rice but I do love rice! I could probably eat rice every day and not get tired of it. I may need to start using/making "cauliflower rice" instead! It would probably be better for my waist line haha. Love the casserole that you made with it!

  10. I LOVE cauliflower rice! I make it weekly! I MUST try this, it sounds heavenly and Paleo friendly! YUM!

  11. Love the tips for making cauliflower rice and this casserole looks so delicious!

  12. 5 stars
    I have been LOVING cauliflower rice recently! I have been searching for more recipes that use it. I am excited to try this one.

  13. 5 stars
    I am going low carb in the new year and I will be making this on the regular! Thanks, Renee!

  14. 5 stars
    Your apron is the cutest! Love this low carb unstuffed cabbage recipe and the fact that it’s keto too! Perfecto!

  15. Shadi Hasanzadenemati

    5 stars
    I tried your recipe last night and loved it! Can’t wait to make it again!

  16. 5 stars
    This casserole recipe looks so good and tasty! I can’t wait to try this someday. Thanks a lot for posting!

  17. 5 stars
    Loved this healthy recipe! It was a fun to change it up while on this diet. Must try!

  18. Stephanie Pass

    5 stars
    This looks wonderful. I am always looking for more low carb recipes.

  19. Shadi Hasanzadenemati

    5 stars
    I tried your recipe last night and loved it! Can’t wait to make it again!

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