Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole

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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!

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 Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole and the results were delicious.

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

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

Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole in a casserole dish along with a cauliflower and onion.

The ingredient list;

  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Onion
  • Bacon
  • Ground beef
  • Butter 
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cheddar cheese (optional)

Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole with Cauliflower Rice

What makes this recipe low-carb?

  • Cauliflower has got to be the most versatile of ingredients. It can be used as a substitution for so many things, 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.


    Close up of Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole in a dish with a spoon.

Recipe notes and tips;

  • 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.”

Did you know? 

  • 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.

Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole in an uncovered casserole dish with vegetable accents.

The easy instructions;

  • 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.
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  • Add the sliced cabbage to the skillet along with the chopped onion. 
  • Saute over medium/high heat, stirring occasionally.
How to make low carb unstuffed cabbage casserole photo tutorial - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • Add the precooked bacon, 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 remaining salt and pepper.
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  • 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.
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 Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole Featuring Cauliflower Rice - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
 

For additional Low Carb recipe suggestions I’ve shared in the past, please click on the following recipe titles for;

 
Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole. If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!
4.25 from 4 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
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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*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 1108mg 46%
Potassium 727mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 3.7%
Vitamin C 68.7%
Calcium 6%
Iron 18.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole in a tan casserole dish with cauliflower, red onion, and cabbage accents.

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

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