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Haluski: Polish Cabbage, Onions, And Noodles

You might not think of this as being something particularly special, just noodles, onions and cabbage sautéed in butter, but sometimes the most humble of ingredients can make the most amazing recipes. Our recipe for cabbage and noodles is known by many as haluski a dish that’s often recognized as Eastern European in origin. Some of you might already be familiar with this dish as a cultural or regional recipe that is often served either as a humble dinner or during special times of the year. Haluski is one of those classic “Grandma Recipes” and one that is not soon to be forgotten because it’s just that good!

Haluski is a perfect example of humble ingredients that come together to make something really special. While this might more traditionally be made with homemade noodles, a bag of egg noodles is a great shortcut and gets the dish on the table even faster. We’ve got some cabbage and onion that needs to be used up before it goes bad, so we cut up both and toss them in a healthy amount of butter. The butter will create a very simple sauce that we season, to taste, with salt and pepper. And that’s it! Besides, anything tossed in warm butter is going to be amazing!

Haluski might look unassuming but one bite will have you hooked! The onions get just slightly caramelized and infuse the cabbage with savory flavor, the cabbage softens beautifully while still holding on to a little bit of crunch, and the noodles give the dish a little more substance. That’s it! Cabbage, onion, butter, noodles. But with a dish like this, seasoning becomes super important and even that is simple, just salt and pepper. You’ll add more of each, to taste. Good food doesn’t need to have fancy ingredients and a humble dish like cabbage, onions, and noodles (aka haluski) is a perfect example of how to use simple ingredients to make amazing food.

Haluski

40 minutes to prepare serves 4

Ingredients

  • ½ head green cabbage, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 8 ounces wide egg noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Optional: chopped parsley as garnish

Preparation

  1. In a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed skillet, melt 1 stick of butter over medium heat.
  2. Add cabbage, onions, and 2 teaspoons kosher salt. Sauté the onions and cabbage, stirring frequently. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until cabbage is tender and onions have become slightly golden.
  3. Add cooked noodles to the pot and toss to combine.
  4. Season with black pepper and more kosher salt, to taste.

Recipe adapted from Chocolate Moosey.

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