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HUNGARIAN CABBAGE PASTA - KÁPOSZTÁS KOCKA


"The time has come,"
"To talk of
...Of cabbages--and... things"

You’d think any type of pasta would do, but depending on how thick and what shape the pasta is cut it always tastes different. Cabbage pasta, as its Hungarian name implies is always made with a type of square cut pasta. People eat it one of two ways, sweet or peppery. Most kids of course prefer cabbage pasta without pepper, but even the peppery version will contain a little sugar. Sugar will be lightly caramelize the cabbage and even with the pepper it remains a mild dish. Three cups of shredded cabbage will cook down to a relatively small amount of cabbage.

3 cups green grated cabbage
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
1 batch of homemade noodles, preferably square cut
2 Tbsp butter

• Make half a batch of square homemade noodles.
• Grate the cabbage into a large mixing bowl.
• Sprinkle with salt and let it stand for 30 minutes.
• Bring a large pot of water to the boil.
• Drain and squeeze the water out the cabbage.
• On medium, heat the oil and the butter in a large non stick skillet.
• Add the cabbage.
• Sprinkle with the black pepper and slowly sauté until tender.
• Stir in the sugar and sauté the cabbage for a couple of minutes longer. The sugar will lightly caramelize it, though make sure it doesn’t burn.
• Melt the butter Remove the cabbage from heat, cover and set aside.
• Meanwhile cook the pasta.
• Fresh pasta will take very little time to cook; all you need is to bring to a boil.
• Pour through a large colander, rinse with running water.
• Drain.
• Add the drained pasta and the melted butter to the cabbage.
• Give it a good stir.
• Heat through and serve.
       

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