Fried cabbage and noodles, the best rendition of the Eastern European classic recipe featuring caramelized onions and green cabbage, an old world recipe not to be missed! It's the perfect busy weeknight meal made with simple ingredients, budget friendly, easy to make comfort food that is out of this world delicious.
Preheat an extra large skillet over medium heat low heat. Add a lug of olive oil and the chopped onion with a pinch of salt. Give it a good stir and continue cooking until the onion starts to get some color.
1 large onion, olive oil as needed, salt + black pepper to taste
Stir in the caraway seeds and toast for a minute or so, just until fragrant.
2-3 tsp caraway seeds
Add the cabbage and a pinch of salt then give everything a good stir to mix. Work in batches if needed to fit all the cabbage in the pan as it wilts. Keep the heat at a nice sizzle and continue cooking stirring often until the cabbage is wilted and starts to get some color around the edges.
1 medium green cabbage
Push some of the cabbage to the side of the pan and add the tomato paste and a little chili paste for heat if desired. Toss to coat well. (Add the smoked paprika at this time if a little smokiness if desired, otherwise feel free to omit). Stir fry everything a few more minutes making sure not to let the sugars from the tomato paste burn at all.
Push the cabbage to the sides of the pan and make some space in the middle. Drizzle a little olive oil in the center and add the chopped tempeh. Fry a couple of minutes just enough to get a little color then mix well with the rest of the cabbage.
olive oil as needed, 3 oz smoky tempeh
Sprinkle in the fresh parsley or dill and adjust seasonings to taste with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
1/3 cup Italian parsley or fresh dill, salt + black pepper to taste
Cook the Noodles
Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to a boil, generously salt it and cook your noodles according to package directions, just until al dente.
12 oz wide noodles
Use a pair of kitchen tongs and transfer the noodles directly to the pan with the fried cabbage. Toss to coat well and serve with fresh dill or parsley and freshly cracked black pepper.
1 medium green cabbage, 12 oz wide noodles, salt + black pepper to taste
Variation - you can stick to the simple version of this recipe or add your favorite vegan sausage or seitan bacon into the mix. Instead of onion you can use leeks, make it even healthier by swapping the noodles for a whole grain pasta you love.
Storage & Reheating - Refrigerate any leftovers up to five days in lidded glass containers. Reheating can be done in the microwave or stove top, add a little splash of water to loosen everything up, create some steam and prevent burning. Freezing the final dish as a whole is not recommended, but you could freeze it without the noodles up to four months.