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Hungarian Pasta and Cabbage recipe (Krautfleckerl)

I am so lucky to have my best friend, Susan sharing with me some special and unique recipes! I just love when she calls me to come over and make one of her mum’s traditional recipes. I know, I am in for a very special treat. Last time, we made homemade Kifli cookies for Christmas and last week we made Hungarian Pasta and Cabbage recipe (Krautfleckerl)

 Hungarian Pasta and Cabbage recipe (Krautfleckerl)

This pasta and cabbage recipe has its roots back in Hungary but it is as popular in Austria and Germany too. The original Krautfleckerl recipe was made with homemade thick square pieces of pasta (Fleckerl) but we have used regular pasta (penne) bought from store this time 🙂 It is so much easier when you’re in a hurry!

It is a very simple and cheap recipe to make (you only need 5 ingredients) BUT soooooo GOOD! The whole secret is the peppery sautéed cabbage…Honestly, never thought such a simple recipe can taste so great! I can definitely see myself serving this as a side dish at a barbecue party or just a light lunch.

Hungarian Pasta and Cabbage recipe (Krautfleckerl)

Yield: 6 -8 servings

Hungarian Pasta and Cabbage recipe (Krautfleckerl)

Hungarian Pasta and Cabbage recipe (Krautfleckerl)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 medium cabbage head, finely shredded or grated
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 pack, 13.25 oz/ 375g pasta (penne)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons pepper


  1. Cook pasta as per pack instructions, al dente. When ready, drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet melt butter and add olive oil too over medium heat. Add shredded cabbage to the pan, salt and pepper and cook on medium heat covered, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes until it softens and starts to get brownish a bit. Reduce heat to low and sauté for another 10 minutes. Turn off heat and add drained pasta to the pan. Toss to combine.
  3. Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream too (if preferred)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

Hungarian Pasta and Cabbage recipe (Krautfleckerl)


Saturday 24th of September 2016

This needs onion! Lots of onion! Caramelize a whole, diced, onion with the cabbage in a lot of fat.

Also, "Fleckerl" refer to the shape of pasta. My Mutti used bow ties (farfalle), and her Krautfleckerl were divine!

Nancy | Plus Ate Six

Sunday 10th of July 2016

What a simple recipe - I love the idea of sour cream on top.

Lokness @ The Missing Lokness

Thursday 7th of July 2016

Cabbage in pasta? Never heard of it before! But this looks amazing. Easy pasta recipe like this is absolutely worth a try! :)

Krista Bjorn

Tuesday 21st of June 2016

What a simple but delicious dish! One of my dear friends is Hungarian, and I love learning to cook her traditional recipes. :-)


Monday 20th of June 2016

Mom and grandma throw some bacon in theirs for good measure :)

Adore Foods

Tuesday 21st of June 2016

Bacon sounds fantastic! I shall try next time :) Thanks Chrissy!

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