Budget friendly bite alert! This recipe for a lazy cabbage roll skillet is not only super easy to throw together but your wallet will thank you too. Including basic pantry items, frozen veg, ground beef, and cabbage, this one pot dish comes together for a hearty meal packed full of flavor. Call me crazy, but I could eat cabbage in various forms everyday. There oh so many ways to use this inexpensive and healthy veggie!
As shown in the top photo, I topped my portion with some big chunks of parm, fresh cabbage (for a nice crunch!), and sliced spring onions. This cabbage roll skillet is plenty good all on it’s own (plus it’s gluten free), but I chose to serve it over some linguine since my husband wanted more carbs for his long bike ride the next morning. And who’s to deny themselves more more pasta* in their life? Not I!
1 lb. ground beef
½ large (or one small to medium) red onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
14 oz. canned crushed tomatoes
½ head of green cabbage, thinly sliced**
½ c. frozen corn (or other frozen veg)
¼ c. water
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tbs Tapatio (or other preferred hot sauce)
Thinly sliced fresh cabbage, green onions, and parmesan for topping
Brown the beef in a pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 8 minutes, then add the minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about a minute longer.
Add tomatoes to the pan, and cook for about 5 minutes until mixture has begun to thicken up. Then add the cabbage, frozen corn, water, and Tapatio (if using).
Turn heat down to a simmer and let it cook for about 10 minutes, then put the lid on your skillet and continue to cook (turning the heat down again so it continues to simmer) until the cabbage is soft and the flavors meld together.
*Hint, if serving with pasta: cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Do not serve the pasta plain (never ever!), so add a good few glugs of olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper to taste. It’ll be yummier, and the olive oil will help the meat sauciness stick to the pasta.
**Check out this awesome how-to on slicing cabbage!