Savory cabbage pasta

cabbage pasta with penne and shells.

Five ingredients and 15 minutes to one of the tastiest simple pasta recipes you can try for dinner. This quick and easy idea is better than any takeaway!!

It is ok to normalise some simple things, easy flavours. Just because of a food blog it is not always over-the-top food that we have s food at home. Most of the time, it is down-to-earth basics, quick weeknight fix-ups and just a healthy bunch of vegetables. It is hard, creamy cheesecakes, delish treats and mithais. 
While making pasta, it is nice to have sauces and creaminess. Yet the one that steals my heart is the ones that I make in a hurry. The basic toss ones like this cabbage pasta. With just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes, this pasta is bliss. Try some.

Ingredients to make cabbage pasta

Cabbage: the best pick of cabbage for this pasta is the regular white savoury one. Savoury cabbage takes a bit sweeter flavour. The red cabbage has a bit of a sweeter flavour. Usually, I avoid the Chinese or napa, cabbage though they will be ok, they have a bit more water in them. Chop them, dice them or shred them. That is all ok.
Pasta- shortcut pasta is ideal for this pasta. However, if you want to use spaghetti or fettuccine shred the cabbage into thin or thick threads to match the fork fit.
Spices –salt in the pasta water to get the flavour through. I have used cracked black pepper and mixed Italian herbs to use in this recipe. These add to the mild flavour without overpowering the pasta
Olive oil- Saute the cabbage in olive oil to create a slight caramelization. This takes off really well with the pasta. You could use butter, but I do find olive oil lighter and easier to pack for lunch.
Cheese- When you have pasta a bit of cheese goes a long way. I love to use shredded cheddar in this recipe. Choose mozzarella or parmesan based on your tastebuds. 

pasta with cabbage and cheese.

Variations to the cabbage pasta.

Peanutbutter – Alright if you like creamy pasta, try this. Stir up 1 tablespoon of peanut butter with a couple of tablespoons of warm water. Add this to the pasta and toss it around for the most delicious creamy pasta. 
Garlic – Crushed garlic or dehydrated garlic sits so well with this recipe. Saute the garlic with the cabbage to get the oil all flavoured. 
Lemon- Get the freshness of the pasta with a wedge of lemon, try this if you are packing the pasta for lunch. it smells and tastes incredible

Meal prep the pasta

The only meal prep I actually prefer doing for this pasta is chopping the cabbage. You could cook the pasta ahead too. The complete pasta should stay well in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. I have never frozen this so unable to give you any guidance. If you have success with the frozen pasta, let us know as it will be a good one to share.

Shredded savory cabbage pasta

Five ingredients and 15 minutes to one of the tastiest simple pasta recipes you can try for dinner. This quick and easy idea is better than any takeaway!!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Baby toddler food, Fusion, instant pot, Kids choice, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 2 people


  • grater
  • Stock pot.
  • frying pan


  • 500g pasta 1 pack or the few packs leftovers together.
  • salt to taste
  • drinking water to cook the pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 head cabbage shredded or grated.


  • Shred the cabbage or grate it based on the size of the pasta.
    cabbage pasta recipe.
  • Cook the pasta or mixed pasta aldente.
    cooked pasta.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • Into the frying pan add the olive oil and set it on medium heat.
  • Saute the cabbage till it is slightly caramelized and add the herbs mix.
    sauteed cabbage.
  • Add the cooked pasta to it and tozz well.
    pasta and cabbage.
  • Remove from heat.
    cabbage pasta recipe.
  • Add the shredded cheese and the pasta is ready to serve.
    Cabbage pasta
Keyword Lunch recipes, Pasta recipes, summer recipes, vegan, Winter warmers
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1 year ago
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Only 5 ingredients and so quick to make. This pasta is delicious, comforting and perfect for a weeknight meal.

1 year ago

Such a flavorful recipe. thank you for sharing. Love that it is just 5 ingredients

1 year ago
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I love cabbage and adding it to pasta is such a great idea! Why didn’t I think of this sooner LOL. Thanks for sharing 🙂

1 year ago
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This was such an easy pasta dish and made for a perfect dinner for my kids tonight! They loved it!

1 year ago
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I seriously love cabbage and pasta and never thought to cook them together. It turned out amazing! I can’t wait to make it again. Thanks for the recipe!

10 months ago
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that’s surely a quick pasta without the frills or heaviness from a sauce. bookmarking to try for the kiddos

10 months ago
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5 ingredients and 15 minutes? You have all my attention! I am making it for our dinner today and will use garlic just to appease hubby. Sure will be the best meal I have had in ages.

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