Keto Cabbage Lasagna

Looking to use some cabbage leaf up or the cat is demanding lasagna while on keto? Swap pasta with cabbage then sprinkle it with love! Like the original!

Italian cuisine rulz. The only problem with it that if we are on basically any kind of diet, it is ruled out of our life. Except, of course if we are on Mediterranean diet that is touted as the best available diet by all the health professionals out there for ages.

Yet as simple as it seems in the age of our life, even people who live around the Mediterranean Sea seems to be following less and less their traditional lifestyles and buying into the ready-made food craze. Time is precious and wasting it on food preparation while Netflix has so many things to offer seems particularly painful.

The combination of unwholesome food and lack of exercise seems to cause the same effects there as it does in other Western countries. Children growing up obese then struggling with their fatty lives.

If it’s hard for the Mediterranean people to follow the Mediterranean diet in our time of age then how hard would it be for the rest of the world who doesn’t even know where to begin with. Maybe this is why the online world is full of week-long Mediterranean diet trials.

A week-long of cooking and food preparation makes its marks on the ones who are accustomed to the sweet beep of the microwave oven.  It’s indeed tiring to prepare a meal, let alone chopping one up quickly when one is challenged by the simple task of proper knife handling.

Many of us forced to suffer through such a Canossa when committing ourselves not only to the Mediterranean diet but to keto too. Except of course if we don’t sign up for some dubious all in one ready-made keto powder program.

Keto could be dangerous on its own. We could deprive our body from crucial nutrients and cause real damage in the same way as we live on junk food alone.

Luckily, there are plenty of meals out there that are not only tasty and filling but provide some of the vitamins we need and above all, Italians.

Well, not in its original form as there are very few Italian dishes out there without pasta but if we swap pasta to something else then we still have a tasty meal without sacrificing much in taste or texture.

As cauliflower makes pizza crust cabbage leaves make sheets of pasta for lasagna. In truth there are various dishes with some sort of cabbage as the separator between layers and none of them called lasagna for it.

True enough this gluten free savoy cabbage casserole has none of the tomato-based sauce as filling so it would be hard to convince anybody about being related to lasagna except of course being layered.

This cabbage leaves layered lasagna though resembles the real deal so closely in terms of taste and texture that if it weren’t for the color, it would be hard to make them apart. The fact that most of the dish is made up of tomato, cheese and ground meat may has something of to do with that though.

The peculiarity of beef is, that it gets edible quite quickly, the ragu AKA Bolognese sauce is best when cooked slowly on low heat for hours. So, if we have the time to invest then prepare ourselves for another marathon session in the kitchen for a perfect lasagna filling.

But if we suspect that our oversized orange cat will eat up the whole batch without appreciation or we are at the brink of family rebellion because the dinner is already late, strive for speed. A belly full of lasagna will always put smile on the faces.Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-4-SunCakeMom

Ingredients

  • 1 head Cabbage (only about 10 leaves needed)
  • 4 oz / 100g Bacon or pancetta (diced)
  • 2 Onion (diced)
  • 1 Carrot (diced)
  • 2 Celery stalks (diced)
  • 2 lb / 1000g Ground meat
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Water or white wine
  • 2 lb / 800g Tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 piece Black pepper (whole)
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Milk
  • 1lb / 500g Ricotta cheese
  • Herbs of choice:
    • Oregano
    • Basil
    • Parsley
  • 1lb / 500 Mozarella (sliced)

How to make Keto cabbage lasagana

Preparation

    1. Remove the core of the cabbage. It’s not absolutely necessary but it will ease our job later on.Stuffed-cabbage-roll-recipe-Process-22-SunCakeMom
    2. Place the rinsed whole cabbage head into hot water.Stuffed-cabbage-roll-recipe-Process-1-SunCakeMom
    3. Cook it until the leaves are easily come off for about 3-10 minutes.
    4. Take it out and let it cool or cool it down in cold water.Stuffed-cabbage-roll-recipe-Process-3-SunCakeMom
    5. Cut the Bacon or pancetta or any other type of pork that we can use as lardon.  We can substitute it with a tablespoon of fat or cooking oil, as well. No harm would be done.Pancetta Guanciale Bacon gp SunCakeMom
    6. Place them into a frying pan and preferably on low to medium heat render the fat out.Pancetta Guanciale Bacon gp SunCakeMom
    7. Meanwhile the bacon is in the frying pan, dice up the onion, carrot and celery then add it into the pan.
    8.  Saute the vegetables with the bacon on medium heat for about 5 minutes until the onion gets a slight translucent/glassy look. This takes around 5 minutes.Glassy-onion-celery-carrot-bacon-gp-SunCakeMom
    9. Add the ground meat and mix it well with the vegetables.
    10. Increase heat to medium-high and cook the beef for 10-15 minutes while stirring it often until all the bigger chunks are falling into smaller pieces. At this point the beef should lose all its pinkness and it’s browned properly.Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-8-SunCakeMom
    11. Add the water or wine, tomatoes, salt, black pepper and milk.
    12. Mix it well together, put the lid on and simmer it for 4 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally. For more detailed instructions for the filling check out how to make Bolognese sauce a.k.a Ragu.
    13. If our patience is wearing thin then use pureed tomato and cook it only for about 30 minutes before getting it ready for layering.Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-13-SunCakeMom
    14. Mix finely cut oregano, basil or herbs of choice with the ricotta cheese in a bowl.Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-12-SunCakeMom
    15. Slice the mozarella up.

Assembly

  1. Remove the cabbage leaves.Stuffed-cabbage-roll-recipe-Process-6-SunCakeMom
  2. Spread some sauce on the bottom of a casserole dish.Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-14-SunCakeMom
  3. Place the first layer of cabbage on the sauce.Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-15-SunCakeMom
  4. Spread some ricotta cheese on the cabbage leaves evenly. We will need the cheese for 3-4 layers depending on the size of the dish.Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-16-SunCakeMom
  5. Place the mozarella slices on top of ricotta cheese.Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-17-SunCakeMom
  6. Ladle tomato sauce on top and spread it evenly out.Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-18-SunCakeMom
  7. Continue with the layers until the top of the casserole dish has been reached. The top should only have cheese.Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-19-SunCakeMom
  8. Place it in a 390°F / 200°C oven until the top of the cheese gets a golden brown color for about 30 minutes.Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-20-SunCakeMom
  9. Let it cool and settle the flavors before serving.

Enjoy!

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Cabbage Lasagna Recipe

Looking to use some cabbage leaf up or the cat is demanding lasagna while on keto? Swap pasta with cabbage then sprinkle it with love! Like the original!
Course Low Carb Meal, Main Course, Meal
Cuisine Gluten free, Keto, Low carb recipe, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 16
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

  • 1 head Cabbage only about 10 leaves needed
  • 4 oz / 100g Bacon or pancetta diced
  • 2 Onion diced
  • 1 Carrot diced
  • 2 Celery stalks diced
  • 2 lb / 1000g Ground meat
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Water or white wine
  • 2 lb / 800g Tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 piece Black pepper whole
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Milk
  • 1 lb / 500g Ricotta cheese
  • Herbs of choice:
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • 1 lb / 500 Mozarella sliced

Instructions

Preparation:

  • Remove the core of the cabbage. It’s not absolutely necessary but it will ease our job later on.
    Stuffed-cabbage-roll-recipe-Process-22-SunCakeMom
  • Place the rinsed whole cabbage head into hot water.
    Stuffed-cabbage-roll-recipe-Process-1-SunCakeMom
  • Cook it until the leaves are easily come off for about 3-10 minutes.
  • Take it out and let it cool or cool it down in cold water.
    Stuffed-cabbage-roll-recipe-Process-3-SunCakeMom
  • Cut the Bacon or pancetta or any other type of pork that we can use as lardon. We can substitute it with a tablespoon of fat or cooking oil, as well. No harm would be done.
    Pancetta Guanciale Bacon gp SunCakeMom
  • Place them into a frying pan and preferably on low to medium heat render the fat out.
    Pancetta Guanciale Bacon gp SunCakeMom
  • Meanwhile the bacon is in the frying pan, dice up the onion, carrot and celery then add it into the pan.
  • Saute the vegetables with the bacon on medium heat for about 5 minutes until the onion gets a slight translucent/glassy look. This takes around 5 minutes.
    Glassy-onion-celery-carrot-bacon-gp-SunCakeMom
  • Add the ground meat and mix it well with the vegetables.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and cook the beef for 10-15 minutes while stirring it often until all the bigger chunks are falling into smaller pieces. At this point the beef should lose all its pinkness and it’s browned properly.
    Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-8-SunCakeMom
  • Add the water or wine, tomatoes, salt, black pepper and milk.
  • Mix it well together, put the lid on and simmer it for 4 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally. For more detailed instructions for the filling check out how to make Bolognese sauce a.k.a Ragu.
  • If our patience is wearing thin then use pureed tomato and cook it only for about 30 minutes before getting it ready for layering.
    Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-13-SunCakeMom
  • Mix finely cut oregano, basil or herbs of choice with the ricotta cheese in a bowl.
    Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-12-SunCakeMom
  • Slice the mozarella up.

Assembly:

  • Remove the cabbage leaves.
    Stuffed-cabbage-roll-recipe-Process-6-SunCakeMom
  • Spread some sauce on the bottom of a casserole dish.
    Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-14-SunCakeMom
  • Place the first layer of cabbage on the sauce.
    Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-15-SunCakeMom
  • Spread some ricotta cheese on the cabbage leaves evenly. We will need the cheese for 3-4 layers depending on the size of the dish.
    Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-16-SunCakeMom
  • Place the mozarella slices on top of ricotta cheese.
    Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-17-SunCakeMom
  • Ladle tomato sauce on top and spread it evenly out.
    Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-18-SunCakeMom
  • Continue with the layers until the top of the casserole dish has been reached. The top should only have cheese.
    Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-19-SunCakeMom
  • Place it in a 390°F / 200°C oven until the top of the cheese gets a golden brown color for about 30 minutes.
    Cabbage-lasagna-recipe-Proces-20-SunCakeMom
  • Let it cool and settle the flavors before serving.

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