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Unstuffed Ground Beef Cabbage Roll Casserole One-Pan

The Unstuffed Ground Beef Cabbage Roll Casserole One-Pan is an excellent option for those on a keto diet or managing a low-carb, calorie-conscious lifestyle. Your whole family will love this easy recipe and you will love the simple ingredients for a busy weeknight dinner. 

This ground beef casserole skillfully blends the comforting flavors of traditional cabbage rolls with the convenience of a one-pan casserole recipe. The one-pan recipe makes it an ideal meal for any busy evening. It offers a delicious recipe that pleases the taste buds without complicating your busy schedule, ensuring a tasty and efficient dining experience.

This easy cabbage recipe uses simple ingredients to whip up a delicious casserole that will impress every cabbage fan. By deconstructing the classic, we preserve all the rich flavors of ground meat and cabbage, yet significantly reduce prep and cook time—ideal for busy weeknights. Plus, this dish is versatile enough to meet the dietary preferences of the whole family, ensuring that the entire family can enjoy a nourishing meal together.

As a modern twist on the traditional cabbage rolls, this casserole skips the labor-intensive rolling and opts for a layered approach with one pan. Whether you’re committed to a keto diet or just looking for an easy cabbage dish that keeps carbs in check. This ground meat dish will prove that healthy, easy recipes can also be incredibly satisfying. So why wait? Let’s dive into how to create this crowd-pleaser that is sure to become a staple in your collection of casserole recipes.

Unstuffed Ground Beef Cabbage Roll Casserole One-Pan on a white plate with salad on the side in a bowl.

Variations of Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole One-Pot Dinner:

  • If you do not have a lot of the seasonings you can substitute Italian seasoning. 
  • if you would like it to be spicy and add some extra flavor you can add,  red pepper flakes, chili powder or cajun seasoning.
  • Use a green cabbage or napa cabbage.
  • You can substitute the lean ground beef with ground chicken or lean ground turkey. 
  • You can add any cheese you like, mozzarella cheese or a hearty sprinkling of parmesan cheese. 
Unstuffed Ground Beef Cabbage Roll Casserole One-Pan  a cabbage, green pepper and 2 small onions on a soapstone counter top in a white and navy blue kitchen.

Ingredients Needed for Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole:

  • 2 small Onions diced
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced Garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper (can use red or yellow)
  • 1 pound of Lean Ground Beef (I use Butcher Box Ground Beef)
  • 1/2 Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked or sweet Paprika
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes (14 oz can)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (I do not add any salt when cooking just the pepper for heart health)
  • 1/2 a large head of cabbage
  • 1 to 2 cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese (can use Monterey jack cheese)
Unstuffed Ground Beef Cabbage Roll Casserole One-Pan in a pan on a gas stove with parsley on top in a white kitchen close up.

How to Make this Cabbage Casserole Recipe:

  1. Before you start to cook prepare your vegetables. Dice the onions, and bell peppers and mince the garlic. Cut a large cabbage in half remove the outer cabbage leaves and remove the cabbage’s hard middle core. Chop half of the cabbage into bite-size pieces. 
  2. In a large deep-sided large skillet or Dutch oven, heat to medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, onions, and minced garlic. When the onions start to cook add the diced bell pepper. When the onion, garlic, and peppers are soft remove from the pan and set aside. 
  3. Add the second tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and add the ground beef. Brown the ground beef and separate it into small pieces until cooked through. 
  4. Top the ground beef mixture add the onion powder, oregano, paprika, diced tomatoes, salt, and pepper, and mix well. 
  5. Add the chopped cabbage, cover, and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes stir and cook another 15 minutes. 
  6. When the cabbage is wilted and cooked to tender add the shredded cheese on top and let it melt. Serve warm.
Unstuffed Ground Beef Cabbage Roll Casserole One-Pan in a white plate with melted cheese all over the top on a dark counter and a bowl of salad in the background.

I know your family will love this recipe. It is so easy to make and delicious. Jim and I had it for dinner and then finished all of the left overs for lunch the next day. You are going to love that you can make a healthy dinner in no time and everyone will enjoy it. They may not even notice all the veggies.

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Unstuffed Ground Beef Cabbage Roll Casserole One-Pan on a white plate with salad on the side in a bowl.

Unstuffed Ground Beef Cabbage Roll Casserole One-Pan

  • Author: Crafting a Family Dinner
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Your whole family will love this easy recipe and you will love the simple ingredients for a busy weeknight dinner.

Adapted from Wonkywonderful


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 small Onions diced
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced Garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper (can use red or yellow)
  • 1 pound of Lean Ground Beef (I use Butcher Box Ground Beef)
  • 1/2 Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked or sweet Paprika
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes (14 oz can)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (I do not add any salt when cooking just the pepper for heart health)
  • 1/2 a large head of cabbage
  • 1 to 2 cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese (can use Monterey jack cheese)

Instructions

  1. Before you start to cook prepare your vegetables. Dice the onions, and bell peppers and mince the garlic. Cut a large cabbage in half remove the outer cabbage leaves and remove the cabbage’s hard middle core. Chop half of the cabbage into bite-size pieces.
  2. In a large deep-sided large skillet or Dutch oven, heat to medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, onions, and minced garlic. When the onions start to cook add the diced bell pepper. When the onion, garlic, and peppers are soft remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the second tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and add the ground beef. Brown the ground beef and separate it into small pieces until cooked through.
  4. Top the ground beef mixture add the onion powder, oregano, paprika, diced tomatoes, salt, and pepper, and mix well.
  5. Add the chopped cabbage, cover, and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes stir and cook another 15 minutes.
  6. When the cabbage is wilted and cooked to tender add the shredded cheese on top and let it melt. Serve warm.

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