Haluski and Kielbasa, or fried noodles, cabbage and smoked sausage, is classic Eastern European comfort food. It’s also easy to make and tastes wonderful! It may sound like an odd combination, but honestly, folks, this old world dish is good eats!
I grew up on haluski, but we usually saved it for the holidays. This is still part of our traditionaI Eastern European Christmas Dinner, and I even wrote about the traditional way to make haluski back when I first started blogging, but I didn’t really write about it in recipe format — weird! So, I’m fixing it this time around and taking better pictures.
Traditionally, it’s a meatless meal, although my grandma and mom always served fish on the side. Actually, my mom started tossing some fish sticks in the oven around the time my own kids came along, and this is one of their favorite combos.
As ethnic meals go, this fried noodles and cabbage is super easy to prepare. Just fry up some onions in lots of butter or olive oil, add some cut cabbage, boil some egg noodles, add it to the pan and you’re good to go. I happened to have some smoked Polish sausage, or kielbasa, on hand, so I decided to pair the two for a heartier version of this treasured family meal.
I have to confess that I use a LOT of butter when I make haluski — like a whole stick. I try to mix in some olive oil if I need more, and this just keeps the noodles from getting dry and makes a nice sauce, along with the onion.
You could use olive or vegetable oil if you want, and maybe you won’t even need that much, but that extra butter always seems to jump into the pan!
The only thing I did differently this time was to add the kielbasa right before I added the noodles. Since the meat is already smoked, it just need to warm up. And if you have a chance, definitely get it from a butcher who knows how to make kielbasa! It’s so worth it, but if you don’t, any smoked sausage will do.
If you’re a kielbasa fan, check out these quick and easy kielbasa recipes:
- Polish Sausage Dogs
- Kielbasa Sauerkraut Sliders
- Creamy One Pot Kielbasa Tortellini
- Sheet Pan Smoked Sausage Dinner
- Sheet Pan BBQ Smoked Sausage Dinner
How to Make Haluski and Kielbasa
Haluski and Kielbasa
- 1 pound egg noodles
- 1/2 cup Butter or olive oil for frying
- 1 yellow or white onion chopped
- 1 Head of cabbage washed and roughly chopped
- 1 pound kielbasa cut into thin slices
- salt and pepper to taste
- Boil the egg noodles in salted water until just al dente, drain, rinse and set aside.
- In a large frying pan, melt butter or oil, and cook onions until soft.
- Add the cabbage, and cook until slightly soft.
- Mix in the egg noodles and kielbasa, if using, and cook until warm and heated through. Add more butter, if needed
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste
We always served haluski with sour cream or cottage cheese, but my family prefers the sour cream, so I just stick with that.
This is such a budget friendly meal, and it’s filling too. And whenever I make haluski, the family just wolfs it down. So, I sometimes make more, just so we’ll have leftovers.
Thanks so much for stopping in today! Do you have a favorite family recipe that’s been handed down in your family?