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Explore the savory world of casseroles with our Cheesy Cabbage Beef Keto Casserole Recipe. This low-carb casserole recipe is not only delicious but also incredibly satisfying. Dive into a delightful blend of flavors and textures, perfect for a hearty keto casserole recipe for dinner.

A skillet full of meat, cabbage and cheese on a table.
Cheesy Cabbage Beef Casserole. Photo credit: Low Carb – No Carb.

Serve it with our delicious mashed cauliflower for a wholesome experience.

This cheesy cabbage beef casserole made in a cast iron Is the easiest and most delicious one-pan keto recipe for your whole family to enjoy. Fully low-carb and gluten-free, this easy keto comfort food is filled with only the best one can offer.

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Easy Keto Casserole Recipes

We love them big time. And especially myself, since I am the one who cooks in our family. All of the casserole dishes, especially in our low-carb lifestyle, are quick and easy to assemble and always turn out great whatever you add. 

All you have to do is top it up with cheese, and the deliciousness arrives.

I have even compiled an extensive list (over 31 of them) of various low-carb casserole dishes from bloggers worldwide for you to choose from. 

Super cute mini casserole, which you might enjoy as well, is our brussel sprouts cups recipe with bacon and cheese Or Valentine’s idea of making Brussels sprouts casserole In the shape of a heart.

Our keto taco casserole using our own taco seasoning and bacon ranch creamy chicken casserole filled with so much broccoli that it could also be called broccoli casserole needs to be mentioned not only for the deliciousness but also the vibrant colors it has.

And I also have a pumpkin meatball casserole, another great and easy low carb recipe.

My next plan is for you to make some lovely breakfast casserole, keto pizza casserole using our famous fathead dough, and the keto cheeseburger casserole my husband keeps asking for.

Keto Casserole with pulling the melted cheese from the skillet
Casserole with melted cheese

What Is Casserole?

casserole, or a casserole dish, is generally a one-pot meal. It is a dish where everything is made and assembled in one pot. The casserole is usually a large pan, deep in size and oven safe. They are perfect for a quick and easy dinner. 

Story of my dish

I met a friend. I needed to figure out what to cook for dinner. She suggested this cabbage dish, which she had made the day before. After listening to her recipe and already in my head turning it into something delicious, I immediately wanted to have a bite. 

Straight went to the shop to buy some ingredients, low-carb vegetables and cabbage for today, and went on cooking. First, I have made it a bit different and more complicated. I made it all in a big pot and then moved it into a casserole to bake the cheese in the oven. This caused a lot of mess in the kitchen, which I do not like. 

But Guess What.

My family loved it. They said it was terrific. 

A week later, when I asked my husband what ld cook for dinner, he suggested the casserole from last week since it was so good. 

That was an immediate sign, I have to make this recipe for all of you, so everyone can enjoy it. Not only my family. And here you go.

Our cheesy cabbage beef casserole was born.

One Pan Cabbage Casserole being served onto a plate
One Pan Cabbage Casserole

Cast Iron or Skillet

Since I purchased our skillet, it has quickly become the most essential pot in our kitchen.

I love it for various reasons:

  • I love the look, which is very vital for my photography
  • Never goes old
  • You can hardly really destroy it
  • You can cook and bake almost anything, even cakes
  • Perfect for cooking on the stove and finishing the dish in the oven. There is no need for more pots
  • The perfect pot for serving – it always looks good

Does It Look Like I Am in Love with Our Skillet? 

Well, You are right. I am. I love it so much. 

And this is the one and only pot I have chosen to make our casserole meal in. 

Low Carb Cabbage Recipe as a one pot meal
Low Carb Cabbage Recipe

How to Make Best Keto Cabbage Beef Casserole?

Let us craft the best  casserole recipe you will enjoy. I have also made a video with complete instructions for those who prefer visual steps. 

Kitchen tools you might need:

Ingredients you need:

  • Beef
  • Fresh Cabbage
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomato sauce
  • Mozzarella
  • Spice blend

My Spice Blend consists of:

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BEST CHEESY LOW CARB CASSEROLE EVER

First Step: Prepare Ingredients

Prepare all of the ingredients.

Cut meat into small pieces, which will help you to cook the beef fully tender. 

Slice the cabbage into the thinnest possible slices. 

Mushrooms should also be cut into small, tiny pieces so they are easily spread over the dish. 

Add spices all into a bowl for easier cooking. 

And remember to grain the mozzarella or your favorite cheese with a grater. 

One Pan Cabbage Casserole ingredients needed
One Pan Cabbage Casserole ingredients

Second Step: Brown Onions

Heat the skillet and add oil. Once the oil is hot, add onions and let them caramelize.

One Pan Keto Recipes starting with caramelising the onion in a skillet
One Pan Keto Recipes

Third Step: Add Beef

Once the onions are cooked, add pieces of meat and cook for approximately 10 minutes until all of the sides of the pieces are cooked. 

Skillet Cabbage Casserole adding beef pieces in for cooking
Skillet Cabbage Casserole

Fourth Step: Add Mushrooms

Once the meat is brown from all sides, add mushrooms cut into small pieces and cook for another 5-10 minutes. 

Cheesy Cabbage Beef Keto Casserole mushrooms being added into the skillet
Cheesy Cabbage Beef Keto Casserole

Fifth Step: Spices

When it is time to add spices, switch off the cooking process for this step. 

Some spices, especially sweet paprika, tend to burn very fast, and when added to cooking meat, they can change the taste. They become bitter. 

Once you add all the spices, mix them thoroughly into the meat and mushrooms.

Cheesy Cabbage Casserole in the cooking process while adding all the spices needed
Cheesy Cabbage Casserole

Sixth Step: Tomato Sauce and Mix

At the same time, add the tomato sauce and mix thoroughly. There is no need to add any of the liquid, be it water of broth, since cooking this casserole dish for longer, meat and cabbage will add more moisture, which will be enough for the dish. 

Keto Casserole mixing tomato sauce in
Keto Casserole mixing

Seventh Step: Add Cabbage and Cook

Now is the time to switch the heat on again. When the meat, spices, and sauce are thoroughly mixed, add top sliced cabbage, cover with the lid, set the cooking to medium-low and let it cook for approximately one hour.

Depending on your beef size, you can adjust the cooking time accordingly. 

Adding Cabbage into a skillet for keto Casserole
Adding Cabbage into a skillet

Eight Step: Fully Mix

After approximately an hour, mix the cabbage with meat and check if the meat is tender enough. If you are more of a visual person, check out our video with complete steps. 

Creamy Cabbage Casserole mixing cooked cabbage into the dish
Creamy Cabbage Casserole

Ninth Step: Cheese and Bake

Once all the cabbage is fully mixed with beef, top it up with grated mozzarella and place it into the oven for 10 – 15 minutes. Here, you only need the mozzarella to melt and brown a bit. Watch out; baking cheese can turn beautifully melted to burned in minutes. 

Cast Iron Keto Casserole spreading mozzarella cheese on top
Cast Iron Keto Casserole

Tips and Tricks

  • Beef Size – Depending on the size of the beef, you can adjust your cooking time. The smaller the pieces – the shorter the cooking time it requires. If you are unsure, check the meat’s tenderness before adding the cheese. 
  • Mushrooms – if you do not have fresh, you can also use dried mushrooms.
  • Cheese – I have used mozzarella, but you can choose whatever cheese you like.
  • Cheese Grater – Make sure you always buy a whole block of cheese and Grate that at home. First, you will get the freshest grated cheese you can get. Second, most of the already grated cheese in the supermarkets is filled with starches, so the cheese does not get stuck to another.
  • Cabbage – Slice it onto the thinnest slices you manage. This will help in taste enormously. If you wish, frozen cabbage will work as well.
  • Spices – My blend is the spices I use the most, but you can experiment with spices you like. You can even add granulated garlic for extra texture towards the end.
  • Cheese baking in the oven – be careful and watch it. It can turn from beautifully melted cheese to burned cheese in minutes.
Keto Casserole bowl of spices to use
Casserole bowl of spices

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What To Serve With Keto Chicken Casserole?

The great part is that you can serve almost any side dish with this meal.

You might want to have it with cauliflower rice and a dollop of sour cream, a low-carb option. If you prefer a potato salad, you can try a low-carb version of faux potato salad. Remember to add some pickles or pickled daikon for a zesty twist. 

Is Cabbage Keto Friendly?

Cabbage is one of the most fantastic keto diet vegetables to prepare your dishes with. It is inexpensive but very low in carbohydrates and perfect in various dishes. 

By cooking fresh cabbage, you get that tiny sweet taste of it, which adds to the flavors of whatever low-carb dish you choose. 

It is a perfect vegetable to make the stuffing; you can experiment and make some stuffed cabbage rolls

It is so versatile that it could perfectly replace rice or pasta in your dishes. 

There are different varieties, but the green has fewer carbs than the purple, for example. 

Even better is a sauerkraut, which is a fermented cabbage. I cook a lot with sauerkraut. You can look at our sausage sauerkraut soup, a must for Christmas. Also, a great keto dinner is sauerkraut chicken, which I am making tonight. 

Can I Make This as a Ground Beef Keto Casserole?

You can replace the beef pieces with minced meat in this recipe. Your cooking time would be a bit less. Adjust the ground beef casserole recipe to cook for only 30 minutes.

Cabbage Casserole beef dish with melted cheese being pulled
Cabbage Casserole beef dish

What Spices Are Best for A Casserole Dish?

It depends on what exactly casserole you are planning to make. Mexican? Add more Mexican spices. Indian? Add more of the Indian nature spices. It is entirely up to you.

In our case, I love adding sweet paprika to most of my dishes with Turmeric. I feel those add a great flavor to the casseroles.

Adding ginger, for example, is not really in our daily cooking because my daughter is not fond of this spice, but if a small amount is invisible and mixed with other herbs, people will never know. 

How Do I Store One Pan Creamy Keto Casserole?

The best is to store this casserole in the fridge, in the same skillet dish you have baked it in. You do not have to transport it into another dish unless it does not fit into the refrigerator. 
You can store it for up to 2-3 days. I would not suggest longer.

Can I Freeze This Low Carb Cabbage Casserole?

You can undoubtedly freeze it. Bear in mind that it would be best to store it in a sealed container. 

Once you are ready to eat, take it out of the freezer the night before. Place it in the refrigerator, where it will slowly unfreeze.

Once ready to serve, place it into a smaller casserole dish and straight into the oven until fully warm. You can add freshly grated cheese or dried onion for additional freshness.

More Cabbage Recipes

For some leftover cabbage, you should look at canned corned beef and cabbage recipe or stir-fry cabbage.

And if sauerkraut count, sauerkraut chicken, delicious sausage and sauerkraut soup or German sausage sauerkraut are quick and easy and delicious choices your family will love.

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Yield: 6

Cheesy Cabbage Beef Keto Casserole Recipe

Beef Cabbage Dinner meal inside the cast iron.

Explore the savory world of casseroles with our Cheesy Cabbage Beef Keto Casserole Recipe. This low-carb casserole recipe is not only delicious but also incredibly satisfying. Dive into a delightful blend of flavors and textures, perfect for a hearty keto casserole recipe for dinner.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 18 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 43 minutes

Ingredients

Spice Mix:

Instructions

    1. Prepare all of the ingredients. Cut meat into small pieces, which will help you to cook the beef fully tender. Slice the cabbage into the thinnest possible slices. Mushrooms should also be cut into small, tiny pieces so they are easily spread over the dish. Add spices all into a bowl for easier cooking. And remember to grain the mozzarella or your favorite cheese with a grater. 
    2. Heat the skillet and add oil. Once the oil is hot, add onions and let them caramelize.
    3. Once the onions are cooked, add pieces of meat and cook for approximately 10 minutes until all of the sides of the pieces are cooked. 
    4. Once the meat is brown from all sides, add mushrooms cut into small pieces and cook for another 5-10 minutes. 
    5. When it is time to add spices, switch off the cooking process for this step. Some spices, especially sweet paprika, tend to burn very fast, and when added to cooking meat, they can change the taste. They become bitter. Once you add all the spices, mix them thoroughly into the meat and mushrooms.
    6. At the same time, add the tomato sauce and mix thoroughly. There is no need to add any of the liquid, be it water of broth, since cooking this casserole dish for longer, meat and cabbage will add more moisture, which will be enough for the dish. 
    7. Now is the time to switch the heat on again. When the meat, spices, and sauce are thoroughly mixed, add top sliced cabbage, cover with the lid, set the cooking to medium-low and let it cook for approximately one hour. Depending on your beef size, you can adjust the cooking time accordingly. 
    8. After approximately an hour, mix the cabbage with meat and check if the meat is tender enough. If you are more of a visual person, check out our video with complete steps. 
    9. Once all the cabbage is fully mixed with beef, top it up with grated mozzarella and place it into the oven for 10 – 15 minutes. Here, you only need the mozzarella to melt and brown a bit. Watch out; baking cheese can turn beautifully melted to burned in minutes. 

Notes

  • Beef Size – Depending on the size of the beef, you can adjust your cooking time. The smaller the pieces – the shorter the cooking time it requires. If you are unsure, check the meat's tenderness before adding the cheese. 
  • Mushrooms – if you do not have fresh, you can also use dried mushrooms.
  • Cheese – I have used mozzarella, but you can choose whatever cheese you like
  • Cheese Grater – Make sure you always buy a whole block of cheese and Grate that at home. First, you will get the freshest grated cheese you can get. Second, most of the already grated cheese in the supermarkets is filled with starches, so the cheese does not get stuck to another
  • Cabbage – Slice it onto the thinnest slices you manage. This will help in taste enormously
  • Spices – My blend is the spices I use the most, but you can experiment with spices you like. 
  • Cheese baking in the oven – be careful and watch it. It can turn from beautifully melted cheese to burned cheese in minutes.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 252Total Fat 18gCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gProtein 18g

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First Published: February 28, 2020
Last Updated: September 20, 2023

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19 Comments on “Cheesy Cabbage Beef Keto Casserole Recipe”

  1. So I tried it tonight and I don’t get it- with only 1/2 cup of tomato sauce, it was dry as heck. I had to add a bit of water to the bottom of the pan or else it would stick and even then, I had to cut the time in half because it was sticking to the pan, even at low to medium (more on the low side) heat. Yours looks so saucy- mine wasn’t even close. strange!

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    • Usually cabbage releases even more liquid in, so there should not be a problem if cooking it on a medium low. Probably the tomato sauce was less liquidy, which can happen with various different brands. Sorry, this did not worked exactly.

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    • Usually cabbage releases even more liquid in, so there should not be a problem if cooking it on a medium low. Probably the tomato sauce was less liquidy, which can happen with various different brands. Sorry, this did not worked exactly.

      Reply
  2. So I tried it tonight and I don’t get it- with only 1/2 cup of tomato sauce, it was dry as heck. I had to add a bit of water to the bottom of the pan or else it would stick and even then, I had to cut the time in half because it was sticking to the pan, even at low to medium (more on the low side) heat. Yours looks so saucy- mine wasn’t even close. strange!

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