Loretta Sebastiani

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Mediterranean cabbage and meat pie
( Sformato di carne e verza)

Our original home cooking

I bake this meat and cabbage pie in pans of different shape, especially in a dome mold when I have to serve it in a nice way as you can see in the photo. It's very tasty and easy to prepare and has another advantage: I can safely decrease the amount of meat per person. In this case 250 grams are more than enough for 4 people. Nutrition experts encourage us to eat less meat. Recipe for Mediterranean diet.

difficulty: easy

time: 1 hour 30 minutes

calories: 267 (kCal)

Ingredients / Serves 4

  • 250g (8 3/4 ounces) minced beef
  • 300g (10 1/2 ounces) cabbage
  • 250g (8 3/4 ounces) leek
  • 30g (1 ounce) pistachios, shelled
  • 30g (1 ounce) cherry tomatoes in oil, well drained
  • 40g (1 1/2 ounces) plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried chives
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
easy recipe
preparation: 40 minutes
plus cooling time
cooking: 50 minutes
total: 1 hour 30 minutes
How many calories in a serving?
Calories: 267 (kcal) 14 % - 1117 (kJ)
Protein: 21.3 (g) 43 % GDA
Total fat: 14.2 (g) 21 % GDA
Total carbohydrate: 15.3 (g) 6 % GDA
Sugars: 5.2 (g) 6 % GDA

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Meat and cabbage pie recipe

Preparation and cooking

  • - Prepare cabbage.
    Clean cabbage, wash and cut into very thin strips.
    Clean and wash leek. Slice it diagonally and finely.
    Put olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Add leek and cabbage.
    Let all fry very slightly on very low heat and, after 5 minutes, cover your pan.
    Stir very often. Avoid adding any liquid. Cook other 15 minutes.
    Turn off the stove and let your mixture cool.
  • - Prepare final mixture.
    Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F)
    Add all other ingredients in the same pan: minced beef, pistachios, well drained tomatoes, both eggs (beaten with chives and a pinch of salt) and breadcrumbs.
    Season to taste with salt and stir accurately.
  • - Transfer this mixture into a silicone mold. Remember to grease your mold if it is not made of silicone.
  • - Bake until golden, about 30 minutes.

Just before serving

  • - Wait about 10 minutes before turning it upside down a serving platter.
  • - Accompany this pie with seasonal green salad or other seasonal side dishes.



  • - I prefer minced beef to veal for this recipe.

Menu planning

  • - I prepare this pie especially in autumn and winter when cabbage is in season.
  • - I accompany it with a lot of vegetables according to the tips of modern nutritionists that recommend us to eat more vegetables and less meat.

Healthy eating

  • - Fiber per serving: 4.5 grams (recommended daily intake is 30 grams).


What's the right wine for " Mediterranean cabbage and meat pie "?

Choose a rosé wine or a very young red wine to match to this meat pie.