Grandmother's Polish Cabbage and Noodles Recipe -
Grandmother's Polish Cabbage and Noodles Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Grandmother's Polish Cabbage and Noodles

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"This is a Polish recipe that my grandmother made, and it is easy and delicious. Add more butter if needed. Use ham or kielbasa."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat; cook and stir cabbage and onion until very tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in bow tie pasta and return to a boil. Cook pasta until tender but still slightly firm, about 12 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
  3. Stir water and cooked ham into cabbage mixture; heat through. Thoroughly mix in sugar.
  4. Gently stir bow tie pasta into the ham and cabbage and heat through.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 28, 2012

This is a milder dish, but still delicious! It was nice to have another way to use up the cabbage!! The ham makes it really good!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 22, 2015

This dish tastes good but was way to oily. Next time will cut down the butter and oil. I added a sweet onion and used whole wheat penne.


12 Ratings

Oct 18, 2012

I did not have bow tie pasta, I used equal amounts wide egg noodles. I also substituted TURKEY ham for only because I'm on a budget and the turkey ham was on sale. Right before serving, I sprinkled the dish with fresh ground pepper. The boys loved this dish--NO leftovers. NOTE: For those of you who are looking for a cheap and filling dish to stretch your food budget, this is the one for you.

May 30, 2012

Nice variation on my Mom's (Austrian) pork and bowties. The only thing she did differently is use leftover pork roast, cubed, instead of ham. Your recipe is an awesome combo. Must have more often!!

Jul 15, 2014

This is one of my daughter's favorites. I've honestly made it at least a million times! ;) Like other reviewers I've also used sausage (usually smoked sausage) instead of ham. Either way it's amazingly yummy. I sometimes add a large handful of those precut julienned carrots, just for color, and I think one could add lots of different vegetables as well. The basic recipe really lends itself to a sort of clean-out-the-fridge meal. The only other thing I do differently is that I add the meat at the beginning, with the veggies, and then let everything slowly sauté into the yummy goodness that is this simple and homely dinner. Oh, and I have never remembered to add the sugar and water at the end.

Aug 17, 2013

This is super delicious! So much better than plain cabbage noodles although I adore those too. This is easy, economical, and tastes great. My mother said it was the best cabbage and noodles she ever had! Thank you for the great recipe. I will make it again and again.

Dec 19, 2012

This was just ok for me as written. I found it to be a little bland. I usually fry my cabbage in bacon grease for added flavor. I would definitely do that if I make this again. I really liked the addition of ham to the traditional cabbage and noodles.

Nov 11, 2012

Family loved it. So easy & great leftovers.


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  • Calories
  • 618 kcal
  • 31%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 82.3 g
  • 27%
  • Cholesterol
  • 59 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 23.1 g
  • 36%
  • Fiber
  • 10.9 g
  • 43%
  • Protein
  • 24.8 g
  • 50%
  • Sodium
  • 709 mg
  • 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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