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Cabbage Roll Lasagna

Healthy lasagna? Yes, it's real! This fake out low carb casserole is easy to prepare and the best way to feed your family more whole foods! Layers of blanched cabbage, rice, tomatoes, ground meat (turkey or beef), Italian spices, and cheese combine to produce the MOST hearty and delicious weeknight dinner EVER! Don't waste your precious time on cabbage rolls, try this simple clean eating recipe instead!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Leftovers, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: cabbage, cabbage rolls, fakeout, gluten free, healthy, lasagna, low carb
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 440kcal
Cost: $8.00


  • 8x8 pan
  • large soup pot
  • wooden spoon
  • cutting board
  • knife


  • 2 lbs cabbage, 1 head of cabbage or 1/2 of a large one
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey or any ground meat will work
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15oz) petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning spice blend
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheeseor cheese of choice


  • Preheat oven to 350. Spray a glass 8x8 or 2 qt casserole dish lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Cabbage Layer (Noodles, if you will)

  • Start boiling a large pot of water. While your water heats, roughly chop the cabbage into 2 inch x 2 inch pieces. Blanch it in boiling water for 4 minutes. Then drain and rinse cabbage in cold water to stop the cooking process. Place the blanched and cooled cabbage on a kitchen towel to dry further while you prepare the meat filling.

Meat & Rice Filling

  • Heat a pan on medium-high heat and add the Tbsp of oil, ground meat, onion, and garlic. Cook until the meat is browned.
  • Next, stir in remaining ingredients: tomato sauce, drained diced tomatoes, cooked rice, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes or until the mixture starts to simmer. Remove from heat.

Layering the Ingredients

  • Finally, lets start layering! Place half your cabbage mixture in the bottom of the pan. Next add ½ of your meat mixture, other half of cabbage, then the final layer being the remainder of the meat mixture.
  • Place in your oven for 30 minutes then add the ½ cup cheese to the top and bake an additional 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and the sides of the casserole are bubbling.


This original recipe from Zerrin at Give Recipe was our inspiration.