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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)

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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Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 main dish servings
Estimated Calories: 318

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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Jeffery

Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

Well I made this tonight as I said I would. And what can I say but.... WOW!!! It was absolutely amazing!! Without a doubt my new favorite cabbage dish! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Can't wait to have leftovers tomorrow lol

Michelle

Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

Thank you for trying my recipe, Jeffery! I appreciate you coming back to let me know how it went, and I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed it (and those leftovers are super yummy too)!

Jeffery

Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

I have never in my life have ever thought of combining cabbage with noodles but it sounds absolutely fantastic!! I'll be making this for dinner tonight and adding the kibasa for protein. I'll let you know how we like it.

Michelle

Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

Hey, Jeffery! We sure love it and hope you do too...and yes, please come back and let me know!

Claudia

Wednesday 17th of April 2024

What’s are the nutrients for this recipe?

Michelle

Thursday 18th of April 2024

Hi, Claudia! Since I am not a nutritionist, I don't include nutrition information for my recipes. Sorry! But you can always get that information by entering the recipe ingredients into a nutrition calculator that you trust (there are plenty of options to look into online).

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!