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Cabbage Noodles

This simple one pot dish of buttery egg noodles with sautéed cabbage originates in Eastern Europe. It’s the perfect side dish for sausage, pork, ham or schnitzel. | Share

Updated 6/15/2023

I first came across these tasty cabbage noodles at a wonderful Hungarian restaurant in New York’s north country where they were served as an appetizer. This national dish of Slovakia is known as haluski or galuska across Eastern Europe. Traditionally, dumplings made of potato and flour are used but most American cooks have adapted the egg noodles for simplicity.

Its castle dominates the skyline in Bratislava, Slovakia. Photo: Martin Katler

Cooking tips and variations

You may think that the cabbage to noodle ratio is off at the start but once both are cooked, the balance is right (for my liking). That’s because cooked cabbage shrinks while cooked noodles expand. I prefer using egg noodles in this recipe but you can substitute flat pasta such as futtucini or linguini.

You can turn this into a simple one-pot main course dish by adding meat and more vegetables. Options include chopped bacon, ham or sausage along with  some chopped onions, bell peppers, peas or carrots.

Cabbage Noodles

Cabbage Noodles

Kevin Lamoureux
This simple one pot dish of buttery sautéed cabbage and egg noodles makes a perfect side for many Eastern European meals.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Eastern European
Servings 4
Calories 297 kcal


  • ½ head of cabbage chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 6 oz. egg noodles about 2 cups before cooking
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp dry onion soup mix
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika


  • Cook the noodles according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
  • While noodles are cooking, fry the cabbage with butter and oil on medium heat in a wok or a deep pan.
  • Stir the cabbage frequently, and cook for about 15 minutes until lightly browned
  • Stir in the soup mix, caraway, black pepper and paprika and heat for about 1 minute.
  • Add the noodles and heat the mixture for about 1 minute.
  • Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for a few minutes before serving.


Garnish with paprika.
Per serving
Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Iron: 2mg
Keyword cabbage, noodles

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6 replies on “Cabbage Noodles”

We were invited for aperitifs and supper at Kevins.
Pork escalopes was accompanied with the cabbage noodles and vegetables.
Well, we were really surprised at how good it tasted.
Make it at least every fortnight, as it’s a good accompaniment to many a dishes.
Thank you Kevin

I really appreciate your comment, Mike and am so happpy to hear that you enjoy it at least every fortnight!

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