Cabbage Casserole Recipe

Do flavors really matter more than freedom? Make this Cabbage casserole while enjoying the freedom it provides!

Casserole dishes have the reputation of hassle-free cooking which is partly true as we don’t have to stand over the dish, protecting it from the evil influence of uncontrolled heat. Once the dish is tossed into the oven and the temperature set to a predetermined level, we can take care of other very important businesses on Netflix.

Do meals matter more than freedom?

Unfortunately though, life isn’t always so grateful for us and it gives us various chores during this time, like washing up, washing, managing Instagram, checking out TikTok or doing abs exercises.

Modern life requires so much from us that sometimes we may wish to anchor ourselves back to times where life was more relaxed, and we didn’t have to do abs exercises to look cool. Of course, in those times we had to do everything by hand (or by human powered primitive machines) so forcing ourselves to burn calories weren’t necessary at all.

Nor we had many options to store food. Scholars argue that refrigerators and not equal rights gave women real freedom which is, in practical terms probably true. Before we had the ability to store food for days or even months -without worrying to get them spoilt- freed up considerable time for those who were running the household, usually women (with the exception of those who were racing bicycles).

Did fridge really change the world?

Inventions like the washing machine and dishwasher were a comfortable add-on that provided some extra time with the possibility of doing it more often than it was actually needed. The advent of fridges though changed everything from food resourcing through preparation to meal storage.

With fridges at their home, people could buy large batches of ingredients, saving time on daily trips to the shops with the added benefits of having larger variety of fresh ingredients at their fingertip. Meal preparation stopped being the imminent extension of resourcing and we can even separate it from the process of cooking now if we want to.

We can go and get the groceries one day, prepare a meal on another then cook it when we need it. Not to mention that we can even buy ready-made meals in the shops now. Although anyone with a healthy amount of food snobbery should be rejecting such notions -or at least hide those things to the bottom of the shopping cart and simply avoid the cashiers’ judging looks- but we have the possibility.

Do flavors matter the most?

Not like making large batches of food and freezing them in smaller portions would gain us Michelin stars or earn more than a TikTok shaming by Gordon Ramsey but at least we know exactly what’s in that meal, even though it doesn’t taste as marvelous as on the first day.

Interestingly, we aren’t so fussy about flavors if there are other benefits like edibility is at stake. Humans have long discovered methods to store food for longer periods of time like salting, brining or smoking and had to put up with the added flavor those processes created on the dishes.

Some of those processes like smoking, were a huge hit with our taste buds making them outlast the fridges, even though we know that consuming them on long term poses serious cancer risks. So, a bit of change in flavor, due to freezing in exchange for hassle free meals that actually has healthy ingredients, doesn’t seem to be a bad trade off.

Why cabbage casserole?

The best thing is that there are meals that lose almost nothing from their original likeness when they are taken out of the freezer. Cabbage is one of those lucky vegetables that tolerate raw storage in the fridge as well as cooked storage in the freezer.

Yet, the best part is that making a meal from it can be a breeze too. Given that, of course we don’t mind a bit of Netflix-ing while it’s spending time in the oven.Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Basic

  • ½ cup / 125ml Oil
  • 2 medium Onion (sliced or diced)
  • 1 lb / 500g Cabbage
  • 1lb /  500g Ground meat
  • ⅞ cup / 200g Tomato sauce
  • 7oz / 200 Cheese
    • Gouda
    • Edam
    • Mozzarella

Advanced

Bolognese sauce
  • 4 oz / 100g Bacon or pancetta (diced)
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 1 Carrot (diced)
  • 2 Celery stalks (diced)
  • 1 lb / 500g Ground beef
  • ½ cup / 125ml Water or white wine
  • 2 Tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 piece Black pepper (whole)
  • ½ cup / 125ml Milk
Cabbage casserole
  • ½ cup / 125ml Oil
  • 2 medium Onion (sliced or diced)
  • 1 lb / 500g Cabbage
  • 1lb /  500g Bolognese sauce
  • ⅞ cup / 200g Tomato sauce
  • 7oz / 200 Cheese
    • Gouda
    • Edam
    • Mozzarella

Overkill

Bolognese
  • 4 oz / 100g Bacon or pancetta (diced)
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 1 Carrot (diced)
  • 2 Celery stalks (diced)
  • 1 lb / 500g Ground beef
  • ½ cup / 125ml Water or white wine
  • 2 Tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 piece Black pepper (whole)
  • ½ cup / 125ml Milk
Rice
  • ½ cup / 100g Rice
  • 3 cups / 600ml Water
  • 1 teaspoon / 5g Salt
Cabbage casserole
  • ½ cup / 125ml Oil
  • 2 medium Onion (sliced or diced)
  • 1 lb / 500g Cabbage
  • 1lb /  500g Bolognese sauce
  • ⅞ cup / 200g Tomato sauce
  • 7oz / 200 Cheese
    • Gouda
    • Edam
    • Mozzarella

How to make Cabbage casserole

Basic

  1. Saute sliced or diced onion on high heat until glassy/translucent look.Onion-glassy-translucent-gp-SunCakeMom
  2. Meanwhile the onion is cooking, quickly dice the cabbage up.Cabbage-diced-gp-SunCakeMom
  3. Add the cabbage to the onion.Cabbage-diced-gp-SunCakeMom
  4. Saute the cabbage with the onion until it collapses into half of its original size and gets some golden brown color.Cabbage-diced-gp-SunCakeMom
  5. Empty the frying pan into a casserole dish.Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
  6. On medium to high heat brown the ground meat.Healthy-savory-crepe-recipe-with-meat-filling-process-2-SunCakeMom
  7. Once the meat is browned, add tomato sauce, put the lid halfway on. On medium heat cook about a quarter of water content off so we get a nice thick sauce. It should take about 15 – 25 minutes.Bolognese tomato sauce-gp-SunCakeMom
  8. Mix the sauce with the cabbage.Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
  9. Add selection of grated cheese and mozzarella on top.Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
  10. Set the broiler to maximum and put the cabbage casserole on the top shelf until the cheese melts and gets some golden brown spots for about 10 – 15 minutes.Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

Advanced

Bolognese sauce

For more detailed instructions check out: How to Make Bolognese Sauce

  1. Render the fat out of the bacon, pancetta or guanciale then on high heat saute onion, carrot and the celery stalks until the onion gets glassy / translucent look for about 5 minutes.Bolognese-sauce-recipe-process-4-SunCakeMom
  2. Add ground beef and cook it until it is browned for about 10 – 15 minutes.Bolognese-sauce-recipe-process-7-SunCakeMom
  3. Add the water or wine, diced or mashed tomatoes, salt, black pepper and milk. Mix it well together, put the lid on and simmer it for at least 1½ hours but know that its true nature shines through after 4 hours on the low heat, stirring occasionally.Bolognese-sauce-recipe-process-12-SunCakeMom
  4. Add tomato sauce about 20 minutes before the end and reduce its water content by at least a quarter.Bolognese tomato sauce-gp-SunCakeMom
Cabbage casserole
  1. Saute sliced or diced onion on high heat until glassy/translucent look.Onion-glassy-translucent-gp-SunCakeMom
  2. Add cabbage and saute until it collapses into about half of its original size and gets some golden brown color.Cabbage-diced-gp-SunCakeMom
  3. Empty the frying pan into a casserole dish.Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
  4. Mix the sauce with the cabbage.Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
  5. Add selection of grated cheese and mozzarella on top.Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
  6. Set the broiler to maximum and put the cabbage casserole on the top shelf until the cheese melts and gets some golden brown spots, for about 10 – 15 minutes.Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

Overkill
Bolognese sauce

For more detailed instructions check out: How to Make Bolognese Sauce

  1. Render the fat out of the bacon, pancetta or guanciale then on high heat saute onion, carrot and the celery stalks until the onion gets glassy / translucent look for about 5 minutes.Bolognese-sauce-recipe-process-4-SunCakeMom
  2. Add ground beef and cook it until it is browned, for about 10 – 15 minutes.Bolognese-sauce-recipe-process-7-SunCakeMom
  3. Add the water or wine, diced or mashed tomatoes, salt, black pepper and milk. Mix it well together, put the lid on and simmer it for at least 1½ hours but know that its true nature shines through after 4 hours on the low heat, stirring occasionally.Bolognese-sauce-recipe-process-12-SunCakeMom
  4. Add tomato sauce about 20 minutes before the end and reduce its water content by at least a quarter.Bolognese tomato sauce-gp-SunCakeMom
Rice
  1. In a saucepan add 4 times as much water as the rice and bring it to boil. (Recent studies shows that cooking the rice this way greatly reduces its cyanide content)
  2. Add the rice then cook it for 5 minutes then discard the water.
  3. Add twice as much water as  the rice into the saucepan then bring it to boil with the lid on.
  4. Once the water is boiling reduce the heat and cook the rice until the water is soaked up by the rice.Rice-holes-gp-SunCakeMom
  5. Mix the rice with the tomato and bolognese sauce.Bolognese tomato sauce rice-gp-SunCakeMom
Cabbage casserole
  1. Saute sliced or diced onion on high heat until glassy/translucent look.Onion-glassy-translucent-gp-SunCakeMom
  2. Add cabbage and saute until it collapses into about half of its original size and gets some golden brown color.Cabbage-diced-gp-SunCakeMom
  3. Empty the frying pan into a casserole dish.Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
Assembly
  1. Mix the sauce and rice with the cabbage.Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
  2. Add selection of grated cheese and mozzarella on top.Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
  3. Set the broiler to maximum and put the cabbage casserole on the top shelf until the cheese melts and gets some golden brown spots, for about 10 – 15 minutes.Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom

Cabbage Casserole Recipe

Do flavors really matter more than freedom? Make this Cabbage casserole while enjoying the freedom it provides!
Course Low Carb Meal, Main Course, Meal
Cuisine Gluten free, Keto, Low carb recipe, Sugar free recipe
Servings 4
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Basic
  • ½ cup / 125ml Oil
  • 2 medium Onion sliced or diced
  • 2 teaspoon / 10g Salt
  • 1 lb / 500g Cabbage
  • 1 lb / 500g Ground meat
  • cup / 200g Tomato sauce
  • 7 oz / 200 Cheese
  • Gouda
  • Edam
  • Mozzarella
  • ...
Advanced
    Bolognese sauce
    • 4 oz / 100g Bacon or pancetta diced
    • 1 Onion diced
    • 1 Carrot diced
    • 2 Celery stalks diced
    • 1 lb / 500g Ground beef
    • ½ cup / 125ml Water or white wine
    • 2 Tomatoes diced
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • 6 piece Black pepper whole
    • ½ cup / 125ml Milk
    Cabbage casserole
    • ½ cup / 125ml Oil
    • 2 medium Onion sliced or diced
    • 1 teaspoon / 5g Salt
    • 1 lb / 500g Cabbage
    • 1 lb / 500g Bolognese sauce
    • cup / 200g Tomato sauce
    • 7 oz / 200 Cheese
    • Gouda
    • Edam
    • Mozzarella
    • ...
    Overkill
      Bolognese
      • 4 oz / 100g Bacon or pancetta diced
      • 1 Onion diced
      • 1 Carrot diced
      • 2 Celery stalks diced
      • 1 lb / 500g Ground beef
      • ½ cup / 125ml Water or white wine
      • 2 Tomatoes diced
      • 1 teaspoon Salt
      • 6 piece Black pepper whole
      • ½ cup / 125ml Milk
      Rice
      • ½ cup / 100g Rice
      • 3 cups / 600ml Water
      • 1 teaspoon / 5g Salt
      Cabbage casserole
      • ½ cup / 125ml Oil
      • 2 medium Onion sliced or diced
      • 1 teaspoon / 5g Salt
      • 1 lb / 500g Cabbage
      • 1 lb / 500g Bolognese sauce
      • cup / 200g Tomato sauce
      • 7 oz / 200 Cheese
      • Gouda
      • Edam
      • Mozzarella
      • ...

      Instructions

      Basic

      • Saute sliced or diced onion and salt on high heat until glassy/translucent look.
        Onion-glassy-translucent-gp-SunCakeMom
      • Meanwhile the onion is cooking, quickly dice the cabbage up.
        Cabbage-diced-gp-SunCakeMom
      • Add the cabbage to the onion.
        Cabbage-diced-gp-SunCakeMom
      • Saute the cabbage with the onion until it collapses into half of its original size and gets some golden brown color.
        Cabbage-diced-gp-SunCakeMom
      • Empty the frying pan into a casserole dish.
        Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
      • On medium to high heat brown the ground meat.
        Ground-meat-brown-SunCakeMom
      • Once the meat is browned, add tomato sauce, put the lid halfway on. On medium heat cook about a quarter of water content off so we get a nice thick sauce. It should take about 15 - 25 minutes.
        Bolognese tomato sauce-gp-SunCakeMom
      • Mix the sauce with the cabbage.
        Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
      • Add selection of grated cheese and mozzarella on top.
        Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
      • Set the broiler to maximum and put the cabbage casserole on the top shelf until the cheese melts and gets some golden brown spots for about 10 - 15 minutes.
        Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom

      Advanced

        Bolognese sauce

        • Render the fat out of the bacon, pancetta or guanciale then on high heat saute onion, carrot and the celery stalks until the onion gets glassy / translucent look for about 5 minutes.
          Bolognese-sauce-recipe-process-4-SunCakeMom
        • Add ground beef and cook it until it is browned for about 10 - 15 minutes.
          Bolognese-sauce-recipe-process-7-SunCakeMom
        • Add the water or wine, diced or mashed tomatoes, salt, black pepper and milk. Mix it well together, put the lid on and simmer it for at least 1½ hours but know that its true nature shines through after 4 hours on the low heat, stirring occasionally.
          Bolognese-sauce-recipe-process-12-SunCakeMom
        • Add tomato sauce about 20 minutes before the end and reduce its water content by at least a quarter.
          Bolognese tomato sauce-gp-SunCakeMom

        Cabbage casserole

        • Saute sliced or diced onion and salt on high heat until glassy/translucent look.
          Onion-glassy-translucent-gp-SunCakeMom
        • Add cabbage and saute until it collapses into about half of its original size and gets some golden brown color.
          Cabbage-diced-gp-SunCakeMom
        • Empty the frying pan into a casserole dish.
          Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
        • Mix the sauce with the cabbage.
          Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
        • Add selection of grated cheese and mozzarella on top.
          Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
        • Set the broiler to maximum and put the cabbage casserole on the top shelf until the cheese melts and gets some golden brown spots, for about 10 - 15 minutes.
          Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom

        Overkill

          Bolognese sauce

          • For more detailed instructions check out: How to Make Bolognese Sauce
            Bolognese-sauce-recipe-process-4-SunCakeMom
          • Render the fat out of the bacon, pancetta or guanciale then on high heat saute onion, carrot and the celery stalks until the onion gets glassy / translucent look for about 5 minutes.
            Bolognese-sauce-recipe-process-7-SunCakeMom
          • Add ground beef and cook it until it is browned, for about 10 - 15 minutes.
            Bolognese-sauce-recipe-process-12-SunCakeMom
          • Add the water or wine, diced or mashed tomatoes, salt, black pepper and milk. Mix it well together, put the lid on and simmer it for at least 1½ hours but know that its true nature shines through after 4 hours on the low heat, stirring occasionally.
            Bolognese tomato sauce-gp-SunCakeMom
          • Add tomato sauce about 20 minutes before the end and reduce its water content by at least a quarter.

          Rice

          • In a saucepan add 4 times as much water as the rice and bring it to boil. (Recent studies shows that cooking the rice this way greatly reduces its cyanide content)
          • Add the rice then cook it for 5 minutes then discard the water.
          • Add twice as much water as the rice into the saucepan then bring it to boil with the lid on.
          • Once the water is boiling reduce the heat and cook the rice until the water is soaked up by the rice.
            Rice-holes-gp-SunCakeMom
          • Mix the rice with the tomato and bolognese sauce.
            Bolognese tomato sauce rice-gp-SunCakeMom

          Cabbage casserole

          • Saute sliced or diced onion and salt on high heat until glassy/translucent look.
            Onion-glassy-translucent-gp-SunCakeMom
          • Add cabbage and saute until it collapses into about half of its original size and gets some golden brown color.
            Cabbage-diced-gp-SunCakeMom
          • Empty the frying pan into a casserole dish.
            Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom

          Assembly

          • Mix the sauce and rice with the cabbage.
            Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
          • Add selection of grated cheese and mozzarella on top.
            Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom
          • Set the broiler to maximum and put the cabbage casserole on the top shelf until the cheese melts and gets some golden brown spots, for about 10 - 15 minutes.
            Cabbage casserole recipe - SunCakeMom

          Notes

          Enjoy!

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