Keto Italian Beef With Cabbage Noodles

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  • prep time

    prep time

    10 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    20 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    30 min

Keto Italian Beef With Cabbage Noodles

1890 ratings

This meal is a gut-filling crowd pleaser! The thinly sliced cabbage acts like “noodles” in this hearty Italian meat sauce. It requires only a little prep work, and is finished within about 30 minutes so there’s no need to slave over the stove for hours! The recipe yields 8 servings which may sound like a lot, but this dish is great to meal prep to keep in the fridge and freezer for future meals!

  • Net Carbs

    6.3 g

  • Fiber

    2.3 g

  • Total Carbs

    8.6 g

  • Protein

    31.8 g

  • Fats

    23.8 g

376 cals

Keto Italian Beef With Cabbage Noodles

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  • Hamburger Or Ground Beef, 85% Lean

    Hamburger Or Ground Beef, 85% Lean

    2 pound

  • Marinara Sauce by Rao's Homemade

    Marinara Sauce by Rao's Homemade

    24 ounce

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    2 tablespoon

  • Garlic, Fresh

    Garlic, Fresh

    4 clove

  • Salt


    ½ teaspoon

  • Italian Seasoning

    Italian Seasoning

    1 teaspoon

  • Basil, Dried

    Basil, Dried

    ½ teaspoon

  • Cabbage, Green, Raw

    Cabbage, Green, Raw

    6 cup, chopped

  • Basil


    1 tablespoon, chopped

Recipe Steps

steps 4

30 min

  • Step 1

    Heat olive oil in a large pan or pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the ground beef, breaking it up with a spatula or spoon.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Add the garlic, salt, italian seasoning and basil to the meat. Once it is about halfway to being fully cooked, add in the jar of Rao’s sauce. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium-low.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Thinly slice the cabbage, add it to the beef, and toss with a pair of tongs. Once the cabbage is somewhat coated in the tomato and beef mixture, reduce the heat to medium-low and mostly cover the pan with a lid, just leaving a small crack for heat to escape and reduce. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 7-10 minutes, or until the cabbage softens.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    Allow the mixture to simmer for about 7-10 minutes, or until the cabbage softens. Remove the lid from the pan and allow to cook for a few more minutes to evaporate any liquid that was released from the cabbage. Top with chopped basil and serve!
    Step 4

Comments 31

  • MarvellousCauliflower467364

    MarvellousCauliflower467364 2 days ago

    I added a few chili pepper flakes before serving. Delicious and very filling.

    • dkferguson75eec

      dkferguson75eec 5 days ago

      Sorry to be the only naysayer. Did not care for it.

      • CaliGal8280

        CaliGal8280 7 days ago

        This was delicious! I will make this one again for sure! It's only me so I cut the recipe in half. Still plenty for leftovers. And I added mushrooms and a little cayenne. Mmmmmmmm

        • Mel

          Mel 16 days ago

          This dish was really very good. I had my doubts( cabbage) but it turned out very tasty. I'll make it again.I added some cream because I'm not a fan of straight up marinara sauce or anything tomato based. The cream took the sharp tomato taste away.

          • IncredibleCauliflower143875

            IncredibleCauliflower143875 19 days ago

            I really enjoy this recipe, it’s such a healthy option. Second time I’ve made it. Also I make my own keto pasta sauce , you can find the recipe here, and it’s very delicious

            • AwesomeRadish705219

              AwesomeRadish705219 19 days ago

              Why is the recipe called Keto Italian Beef? Not a huge Italian beef fan almost passed it up. Keto Italian flavored ground beef is less misleading. Also, are the garlic cloves, sliced, diced, minced or whole?

              • Steen84

                Steen84 22 days ago

                Delicious! Added fennel seed, oregano and pepper flakes as suggested. Even better as leftovers!

                • SpectacularCauliflower871945

                  SpectacularCauliflower871945 a month ago

                  Replaced a little bit of the Rao Tomato sauce with Rotel to add a little spice. Great taste. For a little more carbs, i might add cauliflower rice for a keto version of stuff cabbage (holupki) casserole.

                  • GorgeousCauliflower634122

                    GorgeousCauliflower634122 a month ago

                    So quick, easy and tasty! Today is my third time preparing this- memorized already. Added oregano, fennel seed chili flakes and heavy cream to the mix. Cream makes it like vodka sauce.chili flakes give us our needed kick. About 5 TBS each of oregano and fennel really makes it taste Italian! We love this stuff! Even as leftovers!

                    • GorgeousCauliflower634122

                      GorgeousCauliflower634122 2 months ago

                      Awesome and quick for everyday. We added lots of oregano and fennel seed instead of Italian seasoning. Used ground turkey with same fat ratio. Added about 2/3 cup of heavy cream to pasta sauce, making it rich and resembling vodka sauce. Cooked longer both with lid and without lid. Cabbage was perfectly tender!

                      • Jeffdageek

                        Jeffdageek 2 months ago

                        Are the net carbs still correct on this? Rao’s sauce changed their recipe and now has one more net carb per half cup. This was one of our go-to recipes. But it may not be now.

                        • CaroleRN

                          CaroleRN 2 months ago

                          If the additional 1g of net carbs is concerning for you, check out Yo Mama’s brand! Their marinara is 4g net carbs/serving and has 2g sugar (Rao’s has 4g). I find it tastes better than Rao’s (especially since the recipe change).

                      • AshleyLorein

                        AshleyLorein 2 months ago

                        a must try!

                        • AmazingRadish683113

                          AmazingRadish683113 3 months ago

                          One of my favorites! So easy to prepare.

                          • AwesomeKetone628067

                            AwesomeKetone628067 3 months ago

                            This is so delicious. I’ve made it a few times and this last time I sautéed the cabbage in 1 TBSP of olive oil & 1 TBSP of butter with salt and pepper and I found it to be a game changer. I start the cabbage first in a different pan while preparing the ground beef. The cabbage was much softer. I didn’t use the 2 TBSP of olive oil in the rest of the recipe since I used the fat in the cabbage. We love this recipe with a side salad. It is full of flavour and something we look forward too 😃

                            • jlsherin258cc

                              jlsherin258cc 3 months ago

                              Boring and bland! I even added some red pepper spice.

                              • Auntietia

                                Auntietia a month ago

                                Try adding more seasoning’s that you like in your spaghetti 🍝

                            • UnbelievableKale789353

                              UnbelievableKale789353 3 months ago

                              Quick easy and full of flavor. This is my kind of meal. Great comfort food too!

                              • Daaz89

                                Daaz89 3 months ago

                                Easy to make and delicious even without the garlic. I also added a bag of mixed frozen vegetables. Don’t bash me. I can’t eat garlic as it causes migraines for me.

                                • Armide

                                  Armide 3 months ago

                                  I'm Team Vampire too. Garlic triggers my IBS

                                • StellarKetone852356

                                  StellarKetone852356 3 months ago

                                  Garlic gives me migraines as well ❤️

                              • FavorableArugula280597

                                FavorableArugula280597 3 months ago


                                • SW

                                  SW 3 months ago

                                  I added shallots and fresh thyme while simmering and a little shredded mozzarella to my bowl. This is soooo good!

                                  • Nicole O’Brien

                                    Nicole O’Brien 4 months ago

                                    Fantastic and easy to make.

                                    • FavorableCauliflower420966

                                      FavorableCauliflower420966 4 months ago

                                      This was delishes! And easy :)

                                      • Stephie

                                        Stephie 4 months ago

                                        Really delish. Added Lemon juice and crushed red pepper to give it a zing. Very satisfying, filling and easy.

                                        • MarvellousMacadamia128940

                                          MarvellousMacadamia128940 4 months ago

                                          Quick, easy and very tasty.

                                          • BlithesomeCauliflower303084

                                            BlithesomeCauliflower303084 4 months ago

                                            Quick, easy & tasty

                                            • Trabical

                                              Trabical 5 months ago

                                              Good. Next time Im going to try half ground beef and half italian sausage. Im also going to add a diced tomatoes for more tomato flavor and just a little bit of Stevia to make it less bitter.

                                              • FortuitousKetone358517

                                                FortuitousKetone358517 5 months ago

                                                This is the first recipe I made as part of a new low carb journey, and it was quick, easy, and pretty tasty!! I did add more seasoning than what was called for and used a leaner beef.

                                                • FavorableRadish622881

                                                  FavorableRadish622881 5 months ago

                                                  It's pretty good. Think of spaghetti without the pasta and there ya go.