Haluski – Fried Cabbage and Noodles

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Haluski, also known as just cabbage and noodles, is a Polish dish (in our family it’s from the Polish side, is a classic Eastern European dish and attributed to many countries there) of buttery fried cabbage and onions that you toss with egg noodles. Now in my family we add bacon – that’s the Ukrainian side for sure! – and it’s considered a meal in a skillet!

We love cabbage recipes, like my bacon wrapped roasted cabbage and cabbage soup. And even though I can make full out cabbage rolls, I love my lazy cabbage roll casserole!

Fried cabbage, onion and noodles with wooden spoon

Fried Cabbage and Noodles

I am making this again tonight to use up the other half of my cabbage and everyone is pretty excited. (I’m Ukrainian, we get excited about cabbage.) While I could and should have used the rest of my cabbage to make a new recipe for the website, I was outvoted completely.

We have always eaten fried cabbage and onions for dinner, (nothing else, a huge skillet of fried cabbage with butter, salt and pepper!) but once I introduced my carb loving family to the egg noodles in this dish I don’t think they’ll ever let me go back to plain cabbage again.

It really does turn fried cabbage into a filling, one pot meal when you add those egg noodles!

Fried onions and bacon in a large wok

How to Make Cabbage and Noodles

This was so easy to prepare!

  • Cook your egg noodles to al dente according to the instructions on the bag. Rinse in cold water and drain.
  • Fry the bacon and onions together.
  • Add the cabbage and butter and fry until tender crisp.
  • Mix in the egg noodles, fry to heat up.
  • Salt, pepper and serve!

close up fried cabbage and noodles with black pepper

Adding Meat to the Dish

The best part is that this recipe is so easy to customize to your liking, I have some garlic sausage that I have to use up tonight, so instead of the bacon I am going to add that in. I’ll simply skip the bacon part and just start cooking the onions in the butter at the beginning. The sausage will only need to be heated up, so it will go in closer to the end! You could also try:

  • pre-fried ground beef. This would be like a crack slaw but full of egg noodle carbs LOL!
  • cooked or smoked sausage of almost any type works in this dish
  • ham would be perfect as well!

close up fried cabbage and noodles with wooden spoon

Tips and Tricks

  • You can make this vegetarian by leaving out the bacon and simply frying everything in the butter.
  • Make sure to drain the bacon grease after you fry the onions you don’t need all the grease, and you DO want the butter for flavor, trust me!
  • This is super easy to scale up or down, you really can’t go wrong!

How to Store Cabbage

Cabbage will last for a solid month if you wrap it up tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate it. Truth be told, I am having a hard time getting any more cabbage, so it’s not just me that thinks cabbage is a comfort food right now! Mine has been in my fridge for three and a half weeks now, ever since we decided it was time to stay at home for good. I haven’t been able to order it from any of my online grocery deliveries, but this was a HUGE cabbage luckily! I split it in half to make two meals from it. Even after I cut it,  you just simply wrap up the remainder of the cabbage tightly and store it in the fridge again.

Who else loves a good cabbage meal? If you have some, make sure to try this!

Hope you are all well and okay!

Love,

Karlynn

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Haluski - Fried Cabbage and Noodles

Fried cabbage and noodles is a classic Eastern European dish that is so fast and easy to make! You can customize it to your liking with bacon, sausage or another meat!

5 from 4 votes
cabbage, onions and noodles with bacon on a wooden spoon
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Course
Main Course
Cuisine
Polish
Servings
4
Calories
423
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 3 cups medium-wide egg noodles uncooked
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3-4 slices bacon diced
  • 1/3 cup salted butter
  • 6 cups of green cabbage sliced
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the noodles to al dente according to the package directions. Drain and run under cold water.
  2. In a large frying pan, cook the bacon until it releases some drippings. Add in the onions and cook for 10 minutes, until translucent. Drain the extra bacon grease.

  3. Add in the butter and cabbage and cook until the cabbage is tender-crisp, around 15 minutes.

  4. Stir the noodles into the pan, mixing in thoroughly.

  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

  • You can make this meatless ( which is traditional) and just use butter to fry the onions and cabbage in

Nutrition Information

Calories: 423kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 338mg, Potassium: 335mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 830IU, Vitamin C: 41mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Jack says

    This dish is easy to modify. I took it in an Indian direction. I had left-over Tandoori Chicken that I shredded instead of the bacon. Added garlic, curry powder, gram masala, cayenne pepper and cumin. It was awesome mixed with rice.

  2. Melinda Kriskie says

    Hi Karlynn,
    My Husband is Polish & had never seen this before, he asked me to make it for our Sunday Dinner. He’s a Cabbage lover. I made this tonight & it was wonderful. I couldn’t find Medium Wide Noodles so I substituted with Wide Noodles. I am an Egg Noodle lover. I added cut up Spiral Ham with the Bacon, the Flavor was fantastic. This will be in my Dinner Rotation every week.
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!5 stars

  3. Dennis says

    Made this recipe and it was delicious! I did re do it a bit so I could make it in the Instant Pot. But it turned out great! I added broth to cook the noodles at the same time as the cabbage cooked. Also added ham.
    My husband reads your recipes every day and was glad he printed this one and it is ANOTHER keeper!
    Suzanne

  4. nursecheri62@gmail.com says

    Our Ukrainian Son learned to make this last week. He is learning to cook and we, his Mama and Papa, desire to continue to promote and protect his heritage. Food is just one of many ways. This was quick and easy, inexpensive and a delicious supper! We had some smoked sausage and used it instead of other sausage. Will definately make it again!
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!5 stars

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