Savory Cabbage and Ground Meat Bake

This dish elevates the humble cabbage to new heights by combining it with flavorful ground meat, aromatic spices, and a touch of tomato paste. The result is a comforting, savory bake that’s as delicious as it is simple to prepare. Perfect for a wholesome dinner, this recipe promises a hearty meal that will please everyone at the table. Let’s dive into the steps to create this delightful dish.


  • 400g minced pork or beef (choose based on preference)
  • 1 medium young cabbage, chopped
  • 1 onion, fried until golden
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Parsley, chopped, to taste
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Provençal herbs
  • 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 liter vegetable broth


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Start by preheating your oven to 180°C (350°F). Prepare a baking dish by lightly greasing it with a bit of vegetable oil.
  2. Prepare the Cabbage:
    • Chop the cabbage into thin strips or chunks, according to your preference. Blanch in boiling water for about 3-4 minutes, then drain. This softens the cabbage and enhances its sweetness.
  3. Cook the Meat Mixture:
    • In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the minced pork or beef, breaking it apart with a spatula. Cook until browned.
    • Stir in the fried onion, minced garlic, tomato paste, sweet paprika, Provençal herbs, 1 teaspoon of salt, and black pepper. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  4. Combine Cabbage and Meat:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the blanched cabbage with the meat mixture. Add the chopped parsley and adjust the seasoning with more salt if necessary.
  5. Assemble the Bake:
    • Transfer the cabbage and meat mixture to the prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly.
    • Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top for a crunchy crust and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
    • Pour the vegetable broth over the mixture. This will help keep the bake moist while cooking.
  6. Bake:
    • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden and crispy.
  7. Serve:
    • Let the bake rest for a few minutes before serving. This dish is hearty enough to stand on its own or can be served with a side of mashed potatoes or crusty bread for a complete meal.


Combining eggs and ground meat with cabbage creates a dish that is both comforting and full of flavor. This Savory Cabbage and Ground Meat Bake is a testament to the magic of simple ingredients coming together to create something delicious. Perfect for a cozy family dinner, this dish is sure to become a new favorite. Enjoy the warmth and depth of flavors in every bite!