This Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles (Haluski) recipe is a low-cost meatless main or side dish made with sautéed cabbage and soft egg noodles that’s ready in 20 minutes.
Quick and Easy Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles (Haluski)
One of my favorite meatless meals, Haluski, or Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles, is made with sautéed or fried cabbage and soft egg noodles.
My grandmother was a jack-of-all-trades when it came to cooking. She also knew the value of a dollar.
Back in the day, she had to get her family through many tough and lean years. So one way to keep the family budget in check, she used lots of garden vegetables in her cooking. And, the one vegetable that got the most “mileage” was cabbage.
This Hungarian-inspired recipe, Cabbage and Noodles is a very old recipe. At one time, it was considered peasant food, since it only required three ingredients, butter (or lard), cabbage and noodles, and could easily feed a large family for pennies on the dollar.
In fact, one medium head cabbage could easily feed six hungry adults.
What I like about this recipe is that it cooks up in under 20 minutes, start to finish.
Maybe that’s why my grandma made this for her family. Even back in the day, folks didn’t necessarily want to spend much time in the kitchen either. Which meant that the time saved, left more time to spend with each other.
Haluski Recipe Variations
Now Haluski or Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles spans not only generations but also regions in Europe. And, along with this are different inclusions as to potential ingredients.
I’ve tried most of those noted below and enjoy the versatility of this dish. When you make this recipe, why not try one (or more) of these ingredients in your Cabbage and Noodles.
- Hungarian sausage
- smoke butt
- smoked ham hocks
- parsley root
- boiled red potatoes
- cubed russet potatoes
- Shanghai noodles
- Udon noodles
- Spanish paprika (pimetón)
Finally, be sure to serve this Old Fashioned Hungarian Noodles and Cabbage with crusty butter bread. Enjoy!
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Old Fashioned Hungarian Noodles and Cabbage
- 7 cups cabbage green, chopped
- 5 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp bacon grease (optional)
- 4 cups pasta fettuccine or egg noodles, cooked
- 1 tbsp Hungarian Sweet Paprika
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a large stockpot place all ingredients, except pasta and cook for about 15 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Add pasta and cook through for another 5 minutes. Serve hot. Enjoy!