Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles + Giveaway

A traditional hungarian dish made of sautéed cabbage and noodlesHaluski (also called Kaposztas Kocka) is just the kind of comfort food I crave around the holidays.

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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.

How to Make Haluski: Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles with Bacon! #holidays #pasta #bacon #spiritofnatale

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 a traditional hungarian peasant dish, that is fit for a king.

Hungarian 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 pasta is richly bathed in bacon grease, so it is the perfect companion to a roasted bird, braised pork, or even a thick juicy steak.

5 Ingredient Haluski: Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles with Bacon! #holidays #pasta #bacon #spiritofnatale

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Haluski Cabbage and Noodles


  • 5 oz. thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 5 cups sliced green cabbage (about half a cabbage)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8.8 oz. package DeLallo Egg Noodles (I used Pappardelle.)
  • Garnish with chopped parsley


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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240 Responses to “Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles + Giveaway”

  1. #
    Lois Edwards — December 8, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Got to try this, sounds delicious


  2. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — December 8, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    Wow this dish looks like it’s brimming with delicious flavor :)
    My dad always made a decadent ham for christmas time that is just irresistible, I can always smell it as I walk up the driveway!


  3. #
    Amanda V — December 8, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    Looks amazing!


  4. #
    Anna — December 8, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    I’m half Hungarian, but wholly embarrassed to say I have never heard of this dish! Still, I’m not surprised to see it, since cabbage and pasta are the key ingredients in just about every Hungarian dish. Adding this to the dinner rotation for this week!


  5. #
    Suzi Zumstein — December 8, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    Italian Holiday Bread is a family tradition!


  6. #
    sherri lasko — December 8, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

    This may get me to love cooked cabbage — sounds wonderful! And will go well with the Lithuanian dishes (beet soup and meat dumplings!) we serve at the holidays. Thanks!


  7. #
    Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King — December 8, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    We don’t really do traditional family dinners, but I do love any kind of casserole!


  8. #
    Shawna — December 8, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I always have some type of Tex-Mex.


  9. #
    Bea Long — December 8, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    OMG, it is FANTASTIC!!! Thanks for sharing. I love this, I have always liked cabbage but this is a fine recipe!


  10. #
    Karen L — December 8, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    We always do a big breakfast on Christmas morning. There’s frittata, bacon, biscuits, and coffee cake. My favorite is the coffee cake. It’s the only time I have homemade coffee cake all year.


  11. #
    Ashley Outland — December 8, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    My favorite would be homemade chicken spaghetti!


  12. #
    Shannon — December 9, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    My husband loves holuski,but I’ve never made it quite “right” for him…this recipe sounds what he is looking for…I have to try this one.


  13. #
    Sarah — December 9, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    My favorite family dish for the holidays is homemade cinnamon rolls.


  14. #
    teresa — December 9, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    love any cabbage recipes – what a fun give away!


  15. #
    Johna Dixon — December 9, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    My favorite dish at the holidays is Sweet Potatoes Praline!


  16. #
    paula — December 9, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    My favorite dish for the Holiday is French Toast made from Panettone bread


  17. #
    Jamie — December 9, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    We always have homemade clam chowder on Christmas Eve in memory of my grandma who did that every year she was alive.


  18. #
    Andrea — December 9, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    On Christmas Eve I make an overnight pecan praline French toast that we put in the oven for a nice, hot breakfast after the kids open presents


  19. #
    margaret — December 9, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    Love cabbage, what a great warm meal on a cold night!


  20. #
    Meredith — December 9, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    I love making a roasted turkey with all the fixings!


  21. #
    Trisha — December 9, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    I always try and make at least one childhood favorite cookie recipe, both of mine and hubbys. Thankfully, all our parents are willing to give me recipes each year, that I stick in a binder for the future.


  22. #
    Candice — December 9, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    My favorite family holiday dish is ham.


  23. #
    Carmen — December 9, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    We make baked creamed corn for all the holiday gatherings


  24. #
    Sarah — December 9, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    Yum! and thanks for this giveaway… our tradition is as many Christmas desserts as possible and mint ice cream for dessert! (hahahaha) :)


  25. #
    Kate S — December 9, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

    Sounds delicious, and looks amazing!


  26. #
    Annette — December 10, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    I love making soups during the cold weather and my favorite to make for the holidays is Tuscan Vegetable Soup.


  27. #
    Mary (MsMary'sWorld) (@msmary1962) — December 10, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    A great way to add some veggies to our pasta


  28. #
    Mary Beth Elderton — December 10, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    This cabbage dish sounds wonderful! In between bigger holiday dinners, we like the comfort of chicken and dumplings…maybe it’s a southern thing :)


  29. #
    anne hill — December 10, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

    this year i will be making corned beef & cabbage


  30. #
    Christine — December 10, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    Waldorf Salad with all of the fixings!


  31. #
    Dagmar Finch — December 10, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    Love those prizes and the recipe. I’ll have to try it sometime.


  32. #
    Christina — December 10, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    We always have a venison roast for Christmas eve.


  33. #
    Brenda Burgess — December 10, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    I love bar be q turkey


  34. #
    Angie — December 12, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    Just made this tonight and served as a side dish to baked pork chops. Super delicious and decadent! I ended up using the entire cup of reserved liquid and letting the whole dish simmer together while waiting for the pork chops to finish baking. We will definitely be eating this again!


  35. #
    Linda K. — December 18, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    This prize is AMAZING. Thank you again!


  36. #
    Mackenzie — March 2, 2014 @ 9:30 am

    I’ve never heard of putting bacon in haluski. I ate it very frequently as a kid, but neither my mom nor my grandma ever used bacon.


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