If you're looking for a warming addition to your winter dinners, you will love this classic Polish Haluski recipe because it's a wonderful hearty dish of Noodles with Cabbage and Bacon.
Best of all, you just need a few staple ingredients for this comforting dish the whole family will love!
Ha-who-ski? That’s right.
What is Haluski?
Haluski (or halušky) is a wonderful dish of noodles, fried cabbage (or sometimes sauerkraut), and bacon. Anyone who comes from an eastern and central European family knows that this recipe is a staple for dinner, especially on cold nights. Plus, it is SO easy to throw together.
Made in just one pot, it’s quick, easy, and comforting. You don’t have to worry about adding any side dishes.
Sometimes, the simple things in life are the best, like a belly full of pasta.
What's in this Polish noodle dish?
This haluski is made up of egg noodles, cabbage, onion, and bacon. If your family is anything like mine, almost any vegetable was cooked in the fat of the meat that was leading the meal. Might seem a little crazy, but it tastes dreamy.
So, don’t be skeptical about the cabbage – it’s not boiled, but rather sautéed in bacon fat. There's a considerable improvement in cabbage's flavor and texture when it's fried, especially in bacon fat.
It's simple enough for any cooking level, and it's hearty enough to feed any sized appetite. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, simply leave out the bacon or grab this pasta recipe with pumpkin and goat cheese or feta mac and cheese!
And if you want to make this extra Polish, you can throw in some kielbasa. Ham is also an option - just cube it up and fry it, though you may need a bit of extra oil in the pan as I don't feel ham renders as much fat as bacon or kielbasa. It seems that traditionally some sort of pork is used in this dish.
Egg noodles or pasta?
Traditionally, this dish is made with egg noodles. If you’ve never eaten egg noodles before, here’s your chance! They are arguably richer in flavor than pasta and create an entirely different consistency.
There are even gluten-free and egg-free options at some grocery stores. This way, you can fit every dietary need but still get the bite and flavor of a classic egg noodle.
How To Make Noodles with Cabbage and Bacon:
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- In a large cast-iron or non-stick skillet, fry the diced bacon over medium heat until crisp; drain bacon on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Sauté the onions in bacon fat, add cabbage and cook until tender.
- Meanwhile, cook egg noodles. Drain and add with bacon to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
Bacon is the cure-all, right?
If you live in the Midwest, you understand how brutal our winters are. The wind here close to Lake Michigan is no joke! What feeds the soul after a long, freezing day? A big bowl of pasta does the trick, especially when it has bacon in it.
You’ll be a hit at holiday or family gatherings with a big tray of haluski. It's one of those dishes where your cousin takes a scoop, sits down with it, and then stands up for seconds and thirds, asking your mom what it is and giving the recipe to his mom.
Noodles Without Borders
The idea for Polish fried cabbage and noodles recipe came for my December Noodles Without Borders, which is a monthly challenge that my friend Bobbi from Healthy World Cuisine and I started doing in August (can you believe it's December already?).
We each share around-the-world yummy pasta recipe on the first Tuesday of every month. Otherwise, the rules are that there are no rules. Bobbi is showing us how to make Italian pasta Trofie al Pesto from scratch, so you better go check it out now, but be sure to come back. 😉
Other skillet pasta dishes you should try:
Noodles Cabbage and Bacon - Polish Haluski Recipe
- cast iron skillet
- Kitchen knife
- Cutting board
- ½ pound bacon diced
- 1 onion chopped or thinly sliced
- Head of green cabbage about 1 ½-2 lbs, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 8 oz egg noodles
- 1 teaspoon caraway seeds optional
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large cast-iron or non-stick skillet, fry the diced bacon over medium heat until crisp.
- Drain bacon on paper towel. Add the onions to the skillet and sauté for 2 minutes.
- Add cabbage to the skillet and cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Stir in caraway seeds if using, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, boil egg noodles according to package direction and drain.
- Add cooked egg noodles and bacon to the skillet. Season with salt to taste and lots of black pepper and stir until noodles are heated through.
- If you're omitting the bacon, fry cabbage in ½ cup butter or use kielbasa or another smoked sausage.
- You can add one clove minced garlic to the skillet with cabbage if you prefer.
- Try a variation of this dish using sauerkraut!
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