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Vegetarian Casserole: Irish Lasagna

Updated on April 22, 2013
4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Irish Lasagna
Each layer of Irish Lasagna has cabbage, sauce and cheese.
Each layer of Irish Lasagna has cabbage, sauce and cheese. | Source

Less carbs than regular lasagna with a healtier twist---what's not to love?

This dish combines a little bit of Italian know-how and some lucky Irish cabbage.

If you are looking to reduce your carbohydrates intake or looking for something healthy that the whole family will love, try this!

With cabbage as the main ingredient, it is also cheap.

If you like cabbage rolls but are looking for something different, give this a try.

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 45 min
Yields: Serves 8 to 10 people.


  • 1 Cabbage
  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 12 ounces Meat Substitute
  • 4 Whole Carrots
  • 4 Stalks Celery
  • 28 ounces Canned Tomato Puree
  • 28 ounces Canned Crushed Tomato
  • 6 ounces Tomato Paste
  • 1.5 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoon Thyme
  • 4 Cups Shredded Cheese
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Cooking Oil
  • 1 Cup Water
Simple, wholesome and inexpensive ingredients are all you need to make Irish Lasagna.
Simple, wholesome and inexpensive ingredients are all you need to make Irish Lasagna. | Source


  1. Peel cabbage leaves as carefully as you can off the head of cabbage. The larger the leaves, the better as these will be your "lasagna noodles." Boil for five minutes. Remove, drain and set aside to let it cool.
  2. Add cooking oil to large pan or skillet and warm on medium to medium high.
  3. Clean and chop celery and carrots into small pieces or dices. Add to hot oil. Cook until just beginning to turn tender.
  4. Add meat sustitute, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, rice and water. Allow to simmer until rice is soft (about 20 minutes).
  6. Continue cooking until mixture is a thick sauce consistency.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees while you put together the lasagna.
  8. Add a bit of oil or non-stick cooking spray to the bottow of a 9 X 13 glass casserole dish.
  9. Place one layer of cabbage leaves down so that it covers the bottom of the dish.
  10. Spoon about 1/3 of your sauce over the cabbage leaves, sprinkle shredded cheese on top of that.
  11. Then repeat. Layer cabbage leaves over the cheese. Add sauce mixture and then cheese.
  12. Keep doing this until you have used all the sauce mixture. Place a final layer of cabbage leaves on top and sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese.
  13. Bake covered for 45 minutes.
  14. Remove cover and bake an additional 15 minutes.
  15. Allow to set for 10-15 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.
 Irish Lasagna. Put remaining cabbage leaves and cheese on top, cover and bake.
Irish Lasagna. Put remaining cabbage leaves and cheese on top, cover and bake. | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Square
Calories 351
Calories from Fat117
% Daily Value *
Fat 13 g20%
Saturated fat 7 g35%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 41 g14%
Sugar 15 g
Fiber 7 g28%
Protein 21 g42%
Cholesterol 36 mg12%
Sodium 916 mg38%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


Want to make it a little more Irish?

  • Substitute two peeled and diced potatoes instead of rice

Don't care if it is vegetarian?

  • Substitute ground beef instead of meat substitute

Want to add more fiber?

  • Add 3 cups cooked, dried beans instead of meat or meat substitute.

Want to cut some more calories?

  • Choose reduced fat or fat free shredded cheese.

Have fresh tomatoes?

  • Peel and cook 6 to 8 whole tomatoes. Add 2 tsp. salt or to taste. Use in place of canned tomatoes.

Want to reduce the carbs even more?

  • Leave out the rice or potatoes.

Want to try something different?

  • Experiment with different cabbages when they are in-season.

Leftover Ideas

The Irish lasagna freezes well. Cut the leftovers into individual servings and place into freezer appropriate containers.

Grab one out of the freezer on your way to work and then microwave at lunch time. You'll have a healthy and tasty lunch that you can eat on the go!

Why Is Cabbage Associated With Ireland?

Cabbage has been domesticated for thousands of years. It generally needs a cooler climate to grow and thrive.

As cabbage spread through Europe, the climate in Ireland proved very compatible for growing the vegetable staple.

The thriving cabbage also kept well for many months and often fed farmers and their families through the winter.

Today, many choose to eat cabbage in celebration of St. Patrick's day.

Cabbage has many great health benefits.
Cabbage has many great health benefits. | Source

Cabbage's Health Benefits

Cabbage is one of those wonder vegetables that is good for you.

It has fiber, Vitamin C and cancer-fighting antioxidants.

According to How Stuff Works, studies about the phytochemicals found in cabbage have shown promising results in the fight against breast cancer.

Cabbage is always cheap at the store as well.

Healthy, good-for-you, and a cancer fighter. It's time to add cabbage to your diet today.

Where Did Lasagna Come From?

The word lasagna may have been borrowed from the Greek word lasagne which translates as "flat bread."

The eating of layered dishes like lasagna goes back to the ancient days of the Italians. But the dish may not have even had its origin in Italy.

The history is muddled and no consensus has been reached.

Modern lasagna is versatile and a wonderful comfort food.

Irish Lasagna can be made all year round but is especially yummy on a rainy or snowy day.

Enjoy this wonderful recipe that combines the traditions of Italy and the traditions of Ireland.

Play around with the ingredients, have fun and eat well!


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      L C David 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for stopping by vocalcoach, vertualit and Careermommy. Yes sometimes it's hard to get picky kids to eat healthier. Maybe you could try some variations to make it more appealing. I appreciate your comments.

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      Tirralan Watkins 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      LCDWriter, this is a very unique recipe. I'm not sure if my finicky family would eat it, but I sure would. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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      Abdus Salam 

      5 years ago from Bangladesh

      very useful article. i like this....

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I can't wait to try this recipe. I'm a vegetarian and really appreciate finding recipes like this. Voted 5* up, useful, awesome interesting and sharing. Thanks so much!

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      L C David 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Prasetio and rebeccamealey. My family is trying to eat healthier and my husband and I came up with this when talking about what we could do with cabbage since we all love it.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a fantastic(and totally healthy recipe) Thanks, votes up all around and shared! I love cabbage anyway, so this is making me really want cabbage. Yum!

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      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      It sound delicious. I love lasagna and your recipe. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up :-)


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      L C David 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for stopping by Just Ask Susan, AudreyHowitt and Natashalh. We just had this tonight (had to do research!) and my husband had seconds and my kids ate it without complaint. It really is something you can play around with (the same way you can play around with regular lasagna.). Hope you enjoy it.

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      5 years ago from Hawaii

      Hm. I don't know how he feels about cabbage, but the rice in this might hep me convince my guy to give this a try!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      I am gluten free and vegetarian and that can be a difficult combo--I will have to try this!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've been eating a lot of cabbage lately and your recipe sounds like something my family and I would love. Cannot wait to try it. Sharing, Voting +++ and pinning.


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