Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 290kcal
These one-pot unstuffed cabbage rolls are deconstructed versions of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls and taste just like them, except way easier and faster to make.  It's one of my favorite low carb and keto beef dinners, and also gluten free and paleo friendly.


  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes including liquid
  • 0.75 pound green cabbage, chopped into 1-2 inch pieces (6 cups)
  • 1.5 cups uncooked riced cauliflower (6 ounces weight) (see "Recipe Tips" section below)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne


  • Heat olive oil in a 6 quart or larger pot over medium heat for a few minutes or until hot. Add ground beef and cook until browned, a few minutes, breaking it apart as it cooks.
  • Add garlic, salt, oregano, thyme, paprika, and cayenne. Cook until aromatic, about a minute, stirring frequently.
  • Add all remaining ingredients. Cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes to soften the cabbage.
  • Uncover and stir for a minute until well-mixed. Continue cooking uncovered until the cabbage is very tender and nearly all of the liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the pot gets too dry before the cabbage is tender, add beef stock or water as needed.
  • Serve while hot, optionally garnishing with fresh chopped parsley.


Makes 4 Servings
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 290 (46% from fat)  
Total Fat 15g 23%
   Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 990mg 41%
Net Carb 8.5g  
Total Carb 12.5g 4%
   Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
   Sugars 7.5g  
Protein 25g  
Vitamin A 17% · Vitamin C 114% · Calcium 7% · Iron 22%