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Haluski (Cabbage and Noodles)

Haluski is a Polish dish of cabbage and noodles that is so simple yet so delicious (and it’s budget-friendly too!). It’s a must-try that is sure to become a favorite!

Haluski may not win any awards in the looks department, but the flavor is all there, baby!

Cabbage and onions are sautéed in butter until tender and then tossed with egg noodles (and a little more butter!) for a meatless dinner or side dish that everyone will love!

My grandmother on my mother’s side was Polish. Her mother (we called her Baba) came here from Poland and spoke hardly any English. My grandmother spoke Polish, though, and I can remember listening to the two of them go back and forth and not having a clue what they were saying!

In addition to that, I was born, raised and live in an area of Pennsylvania where a lot of people have Polish heritage. And I married a guy who is part Polish.

Needless to say, Polish food has always been a part of my life. I love it for it’s simple, humble, affordable ingredients and big flavor. Pierogies, stuffed cabbage rolls, potato pancakes, kielbasa, and haluski were on the menu a lot growing up (and still often are)!

pot full of haluski cabbage and noodles with a wooden spoon

There are lots of different recipes for haluski (pronounced ha-loosh-key). The more traditional ones use homemade noodles or potato dumplings.

There’s even some debate about where it actually originated (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine). I have always known it as a Polish dish.

The recipe I’m sharing today is my mom’s more Americanized version – super simple with store-bought egg noodles. She most often made it during Lent when we didn’t eat meat on Fridays, but it’s an easy and affordable meatless meal or side dish for any time of the year!

It’s also a delicious way to get some cabbage in your diet. I feel like cabbage is such an underappreciated vegetable, but it’s really delicious (especially when sautéed in lots of butter and mixed with noodles)!

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:

  • Egg noodles (I use extra-wide)
  • Butter
  • Green cabbage
  • Onion
  • Salt and pepper

HERE’S A QUICK LOOK AT HOW TO MAKE HALUSKI (CABBAGE AND NOODLES):

three images showing steps to make haluski or cabbage and noodles
three images showing how to make haluski or cabbage and noodles

TIPS & TIDBITS:

  • Seasoning this dish properly is very important! It will be pretty bland if you don’t, but the right amount of seasoning makes a huge difference in the flavor. We all have different tastes, so I can’t tell you exactly how much salt and pepper to use, but just be sure to taste and season as you go (including salting the cooking water for the noodles).
  • It will take about 15 to 20 minutes for the large pot of water to come to a boil for the noodles. To use your time most efficiently, get the water going first and then start cooking the cabbage and onions while you are waiting.
  • If you’d like to add some meat to your meal, kielbasa goes great with haluski! Ham and bacon are also good choices. Cook them first, then either mix them in with the noodles or serve them on the side.
  • This recipe makes a nice big pot of haluski – 8 servings as a main dish and even more if you serve it as a side dish. You can easily halve the recipe, but the leftovers are really good for lunch or another dinner or…
  • Breakfast! Yes, I said breakfast. Heat up some leftover haluski in a pan, scramble up a few eggs, and mix them together. Don’t question it. Just try it. It’s so amazingly good!
forkful of haluski cabbage and noodles being taken from a dish

If you’ve never had this Polish comfort food classic, you’re in for a real treat!

I hope you try this recipe for Haluski (Cabbage and Noodles) and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!

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haluski cabbage and noodles in a pot with a wooden spoon

Haluski (Cabbage and Noodles)

Haluski is a Polish dish of cabbage and noodles that is so simple yet so delicious (and it's budget-friendly too!). It's a must-try that is sure to become a favorite!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 main dish servings
Calories: 318
Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) package egg noodles, I use extra-wide
  • 8 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 (3-pound) head green cabbage, cored and roughly chopped into 1" to 2" pieces
  • 1 large onion, sliced about ¼ inch thick (about 2 cups total)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the egg noodles according to the package directions; drain. Be sure not to overcook them so they are not mushy. Note: To use your time most efficiently, move on the the next steps while you are waiting for the water to boil and the noodles to cook.
  • In a 7 or 8-quart pot (I use a 7-quart Dutch oven), melt 6 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the cabbage and onions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the cabbage is tender (about 15 to 20 minutes).
  • Add the cooked noodles and the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir to combine until the butter is melted and the noodles are heated through. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

Notes

  • If you’d like to add some meat to your meal, kielbasa goes great with haluski! Ham and bacon are also good choices. Cook them first, then either mix them in with the noodles or serve them on the side.
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Melanie

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Close to grandma Sophie’s recipe. Perfect dish to share at an office potluck. Thanks!

Michelle

Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Thank you, Melanie! So happy you enjoyed it!

Nancy Z

Thursday 10th of August 2023

Hello. I have made this several times. Love it😋. I like to add a dollop of sour on the side, so delicious.

Michelle

Friday 11th of August 2023

Thank you, Nancy! So happy you love it, and I'll have to try it with some sour cream on the side...that sounds delish!

Amy

Sunday 25th of June 2023

This was just so yummy! 40+ years of marriage & I never remember that hubby doesn't like cooked cabbage. I mean, WOW this recipe was just So Good! How can a person not even try it is beyond me. Butter, cabbage, onions & noodles - lordy, that was the best combination of ingredients. I did add sliced kielbasa & I could not find my egg noodles (kitchen remodeling) so used penne. Still quite Yummy! It's a keeper recipe!

Michelle

Monday 26th of June 2023

Thank you, Amy! So happy you enjoyed it, and I appreciate you taking the time to comment and rate the recipe!

Meg

Thursday 7th of April 2022

Since you seem to be channeling my uncle, do you know his potato pancake recipe? We would get 50 pounds of potatoes and 30 pounds of onion (seemed like it) and shred them with cheese graters. I think he added flour and eggs, but the joke was: how are you doing? Response: Grate!! Lol! Great memories! Grate memories too!

Michelle

Thursday 7th of April 2022

LOL! Wow, that is a lot of potato pancakes! We use my husband's grandma's recipe for potato pancakes. Although I haven't posted the potato pancakes yet, my recipe for Zucchini Potato Pancakes is pretty much the same exact recipe except that I substituted zucchini for half of the potatoes. So you could try that recipe but just omit the zucchini and use 4 cups of potatoes total. They're really grate (couldn't resist)!

Meg

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

5 plus!!! Looking for my uncle’s ( from Ukraine,) recipe! This was spot on!!! Butter, salt, pepper, cabbage, onion and some noodles!!! So fantastic! Thank you! Was made for leftovers, but gone… Love!!!

Michelle

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

Thank you so much, Meg! I'm so happy you enjoyed the haluski and that it was just like your Uncle's. It's so awesome when we can recreate those wonderful memories with food!