A classic Polish dish, łazanki aka Polish cabbage and noodles
Łazanki (Polish cabbage & noodles) is technically a poor man’s dish, but just because it’s cheap to make doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious! The key to making it as flavourful as possible it to use quality bacon and all of the bacon grease. I got this recipe from my mom, and since moving out it’s become one of my staple dishes. With so few ingredients, it’s super quick and easy to make, perfect for a busy evening. The best part? It leaves a lot of leftovers for a couple so I automatically have lunch for the next few days.
I’ve always loved this dish, but I found it super interesting that it’s a common dish served in Polish prisons. However, it’s a much cheaper and less flavourful version. Watching Inside the World’s Toughest Prison’s, the prisoner’s definitely didn’t appreciate or like this dish as much as I do, but then again, their version isn’t nearly as good as my mom’s. Since it’s so cheap to make, and you can really use any meat you want instead of bacon, but I recommend trying my classic version before you start experimenting.
While the ingredients are few and simple, it’s important to use the proper noodles (image below). These little square egg noodles can be found at most European foods specialty stores.
Łazanki (Polish Cabbage & Noodles)
- Large pot
- Medium pot
- Large pan
- 1 small green cabbage shredded
- 2 medium carrots shredded
- 250 g Kliseczki Wiejski or any small square egg noodles
- 375 g bacon diced
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- pepper to taste
- In a large pan, cook your diced bacon on medium-high heat for 13-15 minutes.
- In the meantime, add olive oil to a large pot and turn to medium-low heat. Add the shredded cabbage, carrot and pepper, and cover with a lid.
- Next, bring salted water to a boil in a medium pot. Cook the egg noodles as per packet instructions or until al dente, about 4-5 minutes. Drain and set aside the cooked noodles.
- After about 15 minutes cooking the bacon, add the onion to the bacon pan and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
- Once the onion and bacon are done, add the entire contents of the pan, grease included to the large pot with cabbage. Add the noodles as well and mix the everything until well combined and you're ready to serve.