Move over spiralized zucchini! There’s a new vegetable based pasta substitute that is even more delicious and comforting.
Seriously, now that I’ve discovered the joy of cabbage, I don’t think I’ll ever feel the need for a bowl of pasta again.
I’m even toying with the idea of finally getting rid of my pasta machine. I’m that in love with cabbage… I know it sounds unbelievable. But I dare you to try it.
And you know what’s even better?
The cabbage cooks in about half the time it would take to boil a pot of water and cook spaghetti. Just saying.
Oh and normally for cabonara pasta dishes you only use the egg yolk so you get a lovely rich creamy sauce. With the cabbage, I prefer to use whole eggs so you don’t have to find a home for the extra whites and because I think the slightly chunkier texture works well with the cabbage.
WINE MATCH: A nice big red like an Australian Shiraz or a Californian Zinfandel.
Short on time - Cook the bacon and cabbage at the same time in separate pots. Use pre-shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix instead of slicing yourself.
vegetarian - replace bacon with smoked tofu, smoked almonds, sun dried tomatoes or roast red peppers.
dairy-free - skip the cheese and serve with toasted almonds on top or try serving with my Brazil Nut 'Parmesan'.
egg-free - replace eggs with 6-8 tablespoons cream or butter. And serve with some roasted nuts or cooked chickpeas for extra protein.
more substantial (carb lovers) - toss in cooked spaghetti or other pasta.
more substantial (low carb) - toss in roast almonds or other nuts. Or use 6 eggs.
herby - lovely with chopped chives or flat leaf parsley.
different veg - halved brussels sprouts or cauliflower will also work. I also love a kale version using finely shredded cavolo nero leaves and stems.
You can but best when freshly made. If you need to prepare ahead just cook the cabbage and bacon as per the recipe but keep them separately. Will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks or can be frozen. To serve, warm the cabbage and bacon in a pan then add eggs and parmesan as per step number 4.