Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles
A traditional hungarian dish made of sautéed Haluski Cabbage and Noodles. Haluski (also called Kaposztas Kocka) is just the kind of comfort food I crave around the holidays.
The holiday season is often a time we want to celebrate heritage and family traditions. This proves to be a little difficult for me, because I’m most certainly a mutt.
As far as I know, I’m a loose cocktail of native american, english, french and who knows what else. So no distinct cultural traditions stand out.
Growing up in my house, we made up our own traditions around the holidays, instead of relying on those that came before us. I guess that is the American way…
However Lt. Dan has a strong Hungarian heritage, and I love to hear the stories his grandmother tells of their old country customs and special holiday dishes. Being married to a hungarian, I’ve casually adopted hungarian as my cultural tie of choice, so many of the holiday dishes we make stem from Lt. Dan’s great-grandmother’s recipes.
In years past we’ve made hungarian Chicken Paprikas on Christmas Eve as our cozy meal to ring in the Christmas spirit.
Yet another hungarian dish I’m very fond of, Haluski, is much simpler to make and oh so comforting. This traditional cabbage and noodle dish is so easy to prepare, takes no time at all, and requires just 5 ingredients… 6 if you want to garnish it.
With only egg noodles, cabbage, onions, garlic and bacon you’ve got Haluski Cabbage and Noodles, a traditional hungarian peasant dish, that is fit for a king.
Haluski Cabbage and Noodles is a simple dish you can serve on its own this holiday season, or as a hearty side dish to a meaty main course. This no-frills Haluski Cabbage and Noodles is richly bathed in bacon grease, so it is the perfect companion to a roasted bird, braised pork, or even a thick juicy steak.
You know who else is passionate about their heritage?
The DeLallo family of DeLallo Foods!
This holiday season, DeLallo encourages you to get into the #SpiritofNatale with cozy family dishes and memorable meals! (Natale means Christmas in Italian.)
Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Haluski Cabbage and Noodles
- 5 ounces thick cut bacon, chopped
- 5 cups sliced green cabbage (about half a cabbage)
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8.8 ounces package DeLallo Egg Noodles (I used Pappardelle.)
- Garnish with chopped parsley
- Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Cook the pasta according to DeLallo package instructions. Drain and set aside, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water for later use.
- Meanwhile, cut the cabbage and onion in quarters. Sliced into strips. Remove the thickest white sections of the cabbage and keep the thinner white and green layers. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and saute until crisp. Then add the cabbage and onions. Saute for 5 minutes, then salt and pepper to taste. Toss in the garlic and saute another 5 minutes.
- Once the cabbage is tender, toss the pasta in the skillet. Stir to mix and add a little of the reserved pasta water to help blend the flavors. Taste for salt and pepper, then garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Serve warm.
TIP: For a little extra kick, add some crushed red pepper!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DeLallo Foods. All opinions are my own.
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