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Ground Beef Cabbage Casserole No Tomato

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This Ground Beef Cabbage Casserole No Tomato is a  simple main dish that will serve a small crowd and a wonderful naturally gluten-free and grain-free dish.

You can do this all in one or as I did do the prep ahead of time for a quick dinner because then you can just pop it in the oven to bake and voila you have a tasty meal ready in ½ hour of baking.
If needed, you can also do the prep, and keep covered it in the fridge for a day or 2, and then bake it when ready.

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Yield: 6 portions

Ground Beef Cabbage Casserole No Tomato

One pan Ground Beef Cabbage Casserole topped with cheese

This is an easier way than preparing your standard cabbage rolls, this way you will skip all the work and make it in one dish and you can prepare ahead, freeze or keep in the fridge for 2 days.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 500g lean ground beef
  • 4 large strips of bacon
  • 4 large cremini mushrooms
  • ½ onion
  • 1 tsp of crushed garlic
  • Salt **
  • Pepper
  • ¼ of medium cabbage (you can use more if you wish to feed more people)
  • ¾ cup of 2% milk (but you can also use cream or plain Greek yogurt). We do not carry cream or plain yogurt and I had 2% milk, so that's what I used).
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1½ cups of crated cheddar (you can add more if you love cheese.
  • Oil for frying


Lightly cover the base of your pan with oil and fry the diced onion until soft and starting to turn brown.

Add the sliced mushrooms, diced bacon, and continue to fry until it is soft and brown.

Add finely sliced cabbage and minced garlic and fry until the cabbage is just starting to go soft, but not soggy.

You still need some crunch.

Spice to your liking with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Remove from the pan and place it in an oven-proof dish but remove the excess liquid to avoid a watery casserole.

Next, if required, add another small amount of oil to the pan and fry the ground beef, and flavor with salt and pepper. Again, do not over-spice.

Once done add the beef on top of the cabbage mixture, but again remove the excess liquid.

Lightly whisk together the eggs and cream/mix/yogurt (whichever you prefer) and then pour over the cabbage and meat mixture.

Generously cover it with grated cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350F / 180C until egg set and cheese melted and have a nice toasted topping.

Serve immediately with some fresh salad or as we did, just some fruit salad.


** Be cautious not to add a lot of salt as you already use bacon which is salty.
Dash of cayenne pepper.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 507Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 221mgSodium 591mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 43g

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This is an easier way than preparing your standard cabbage rolls, this way you will skip all the work and make it all in one dish! I love this, as it’s so much quicker and easier and super delicious. You can also prepare this upfront, freeze it, or leave it in the fridge for up to two days and then bake once ready.

I made this and gifted it to our daughter and family to use after the birth of our youngest grandson, and it came in very handy and the other older children and the parents loved it.

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2 thoughts on “Ground Beef Cabbage Casserole No Tomato”

    • This is a superb one to try and as mentioned you can make it, freeze and then bake when needed. I have made it numerous times since and it’s always a treat. Hope you will also enjoy it


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