Haluski (Cabbage and Noodles)


What is haluski? Haluski is a buttery Polish dish with egg noodles and fried cabbage often served during Lent. Very popular in Pittsburgh!

Haluski (Cabbage and Noodles) is a Pittsburgh favorite for Lent

Are you familiar with haluski? Is it a Pittsburgh thing or something? I know you’re expecting dessert, but I have a problem. Nobody out here in south central PA knows what haluski is. It kills me because it’s one of the easiest dishes you can throw together. Haluski is a Polish dish of cabbage and noodles that I’ve eaten at least once a month growing up. You always find it as a side to fish fries during Lent. I made a big batch of it and brought it to lunch so I could educate my coworkers. They all asked for the recipe, so it’s probably safe to say it was a huge success.

Haluski (Cabbage and Noodles) is a Pittsburgh favorite for Lent

Haluski is egg noodles tossed with sauteed cabbage, onions, and butter. It is one of those dishes that I rarely make myself, mainly because my mom does it well. I won’t make (frozen) pierogies myself either because that is another dish my mom makes with fried onions on top. I guess it’s because of the nostalgia tied to them since I grew up eating them during childhood. Ironically, nobody in my family is Polish. I guess it’s just something us Pittsburghers eat all the time regardless of ethnicity.

Haluski (Cabbage and Noodles) is a Pittsburgh favorite for Lent

Traditionally, the noodles are made from scratch. As ambitious as I am with my from-scratch philosophy, I’m pretty cool with buying packaged egg noodles. It makes dinner that much faster and easier. To make cooking even faster, you can chop up your cabbage ahead of time and keep tightly sealed in the refrigerator. That way when you’re worn out from a long day at work, you can throw things in a pot and have dinner ready in roughly a half hour. Do I do that? Nope because I never know when or what I’m going to do with a head of cabbage. It’s the thought that counts, right? My mom also has a habit of putting lots of black pepper on top of things. Normally I’m good without it, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t eat haluski without black pepper.

Yields 4

Haluski (Cabbage and Noodles)

30 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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8 ounces uncooked egg noodles
1/4 - 1/2 cup (4-8 tablespoons or 2-4 ounces) butter (I like mine really buttery, but you can get away with less)
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small head of green cabbage (roughly 1 pound), chopped into bite-size pieces
Salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook egg noodles according to package directions. Drain when done.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large dutch oven on stove over medium heat. Saute onions until softened, 5-10 minutes. Add garlic and cabbage. Saute for another 5-10 minutes. I like my cabbage with a bit of a crunch. If you want it softer, cook it longer. Add salt if needed.
  3. Once the noodles and cabbage mixture are ready, add the noodles to the cabbage. Stir to combine then add black pepper on top.


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  1. I have not heard of Haluska but it is now on my must try list!


  2. This looks quite good…and buttery :) My European mother made a lot of stuffed cabbage when I was growing up but not this particular cabbage variation.

  3. I love that you posted this haluski recipe! I first learned about haluski a few years ago and made it as a side dish for Thanksgiving. I personalty loved it.

  4. My mom’s side of the family is Polish, but I’ve never had haluski! (I wonder if it is a Pittsburgh thing…) If ever you have a craving for this and you’re wondering what to do with the other half head of cabbage, you should make holishkes (stuffed cabbage, but Epicurious has a wonderful recipe with a cinnamon-orange-tomato-based sauce that adds a warm, comforting spice). Now I want to go home and eat pierogi with my mom!

  5. Never heard of haluski! But, we love fried cabbage, so I know we’d love this! YUM!

  6. Well I’m Polish, from NEPA and then I married someone in central PA who’s family was from Russia and pretty much ate all the same foods my Polish family grew up with, even though the rest of this area isn’t as familiar with it. I’ve eaten lots of haluski! It’s very popular at church picnics in NEPA.

    I like lots of cabbage and I like to cook my cabbage a long time. I prefer homemade noodles but there are plenty of good egg noodles on the market out there. I sometimes use a healthier egg noodle. I’ve cooked the cabbage and froze it separately to be thawed and added to freshly cooked noodles later.

    I’d eat it more often but I hate having my house smell like cabbage.

    • What part of NEPA are you in … I live in Nanticoke….. the first time I tried haluski ( tonight) I loved it ..

  7. I told you before but I LOVE this dish! Rustic cooking is awesome, and you cant go wrong with cabbage IMHO

  8. I had never heard of haluski until now but looks and sounds like the perfect weeknight meal!

  9. I’m from NEPA too and I make this (even posted it) and sometimes I add bacon or turkey bacon!

    • From the area also, but have to say my mother always added a bunch of caraway seeds to the cabbage while cooking. Adds to the rustic taste.

  10. Nope. Never heard of haluski. But it looks buttery gooey and delicious, so I’d be willing to give it a shot.

  11. Nope, never heard of it.

    But those noodles look aweeeesome.

  12. I made this the other day, but couldn’t find the link to your website, so I had to G**gle to find another one. Mine had the addition of crispy bacon and had garlic powder instead of fresh. I was thrilled because I actually crave cabbage! That’s odd isn’t it. Wonder what it means.

  13. Hi, it’s not Haluski it’s called ŁAZANKI. Haluski it’s Czech dish (very good too)

    • Hi Dee,

      I looked up lazanki, and that dish isn’t quite this dish. If you go to Pittsburgh and order haluski, this is what you get. I grew up with this plus churches sell haluski a lot for Lent. Whether it’s ethnically correct or whether Pittsburgh adapted the dish, this is haluski :)

      • Thanks so much for the recipe! I love this dish! My grandmother was Czech born but moved to Pittsburgh as a young girl. She always made a haluski soup, that I still make today, and it is my absolute favorite food in the world. It’s really just chicken soup with a dumpling-like noodle. It was always my understanding that a “haluski” is really just a noodle, but the term is often used to name any Czech dish that contains noodles. It’s interesting to see the debate about what a “haluski” really is, because everyone seems to have their own variation.

  14. Yes! I am just south of Pittsburgh and we LOVE haluski. Everyone makes it around here ( especially at church functions, holidays etc) . I grew up in NC and never heard of it until we moved to Pittsburgh. Now I make it once a month or more.

  15. Aria4477 says:

    I am from Morgantown W.V. ( close to Pittsburgh). I actually just made this for the fouth of July for my boyfriend’s family, I am living in Puerto Rico, so no one has ever heard of this dish. In W.V. We always add bacon to the dish. No matter where I am everyone loves this!

    • I am from the Cumberland, Md. area near Morgantown, W.V. I just had haluski for the first time yesterday at a car show in Oceola Mills, Pa and loved it. I’m looking forward to creating haluski myself.

  16. Another good thing you could do with the rest of the cabbage is make a German/Russian dish called Haloopies (hal-oh-p-sees). It is basically blanched cabbage leaves stuffed with rice, ground beef, and onion, then baked in salt water. You can top it with sour cream or tomoato sauce…yum!!

  17. I’m actually eating haluski for lunch right now! I made a pot and just wanted to compare my recipe with others out there on the internet which is how I stumbled onto your site. While we live in Virginia now, we are originally Pittsburghers and it is so nice to hear that someone else feels the same way we do about PGH cuisine. We still eat haluski, halupki, pierogies, etc. Oh, we’re not Polish either. I guess it’s just something our families picked up from living in the area.

  18. I grew up eating Haluski …. I’m from NEPA. My husband is part polish and absolutely LOVES haluski … I’m actually making it tonight for dinner!

  19. Michele W says:

    It’s not just a pittsburgh thing :) It is a polish dish and I know many many people who make it and they live all over. I do live in Pittsburgh and I know perogies are something that is associated with Pittsburgh. My grandmother makes haluski and all my aunts make it, heck everyone makes it and we dont have polish in our family either. Just something that that taste GREAT and easy to make

  20. This dish is huge in Cleveland/Ohio. I live in a suburb called Parma and we have a huge East Euro population, Polish and Ukranian. Pierogies, Cabbage and Noodles, Stuffed Cabbage and Potato Pancakes are everywhere. I think the dish is popular if the culture influence is there. I’m full blooded Italian but I have to say that East Euro food is one of my favorites. In my city we’re known for Pierogies and Cabbage and Noodles, even have it at Fairs., city, county and state Famously called Parma Pierogis are the best! Bill Clinton and Barack Obama both came here to eat pierogies and other East Euro foods. I add this dish to my New Year’s Day menu. I love Cabbage & Noodles! Have a Happy New Year! I follow you in all the sites!!!!

    • Hey Cleveland almost sounds like Pittsburgh with the Polish food. Pierogies are definitely are a big deal (ever been to a Pirates home game? We have pierogie mascot races!!). Happy New Year and thanks for following :)

  21. penguinette64 says:

    my austrian/slovak grandmother made this dish often, also homemade pierohies. i’m just a bit north of Pittsburgh and know these dishes are very popular there but i think it’s more of a heritage thing thing than a Pittsburgh thing, though many polish/slovak people did settle in the area. i make this with pork roast for new year’s instead of saurkraut. you can’t go wrong with this sweet cabbage and noodles dish and it’s much more palatable- so many people dislike saurkraut but cabbage on new year’s day with the pork is mandatory! it wins over cabbage-haters if you can get them to taste it once! so simple, so delicious! so old school home cookin good stuff!

    • Hello. I am of Lithuanian descent and grew up in an industrial Connecticut town. My mother always said that pork had to be served on New Year’s Day to ensure a healthy and prosperous new year. Presently, I live in Boston and when visiting the South Boston Lithuanian Citizens’ Club, I asked about the pork-on-New-Year’s-Day tradition, and no one there had heard of it. Do you know where it stems from? I ask because I love ritual and tradition.

      • We eat pork on New Year’s as well but not sure where it stems from.

        • Thank you for responding, Carla. It is a comfort to know others will be enjoying the tradition of pork this coming New Year’s Day, and we’ll raise a glass to you and your family!

  22. I am making this today for first time..it was recommended to me by a friend that makes this to use Kluski egg noodles for even better taste than regular egg noodles..I found them in one of those natural markets but I heard walmart or some grocery stores carry them .

  23. I think calling it haluski is the problem. I can never keep the Polish words straight. haluski, crusciki .. It’s all a blur. Everyone loves cabbage and noodles!

  24. Now I need to give this a try! We love carbs, and we love cabbage – it has to be a winner :D

  25. Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank so much for this! My grandparents lived in PA for most of their lives and she always makes this! This is awesome, whipping up a batch right now!

  26. carolstanford says:

    Just hd halusky yesterday at a Catholic Church in Washington,Pa.Friday Fish Frys in Pgh are the best.Travelled from WV because its Lent!..No one down here has ever heard of such a thing.Thanks for the reciepe.

    • Yes fish frys are back in season! I also wonder if that’s a Pittsburgh thing because where I moved to, they don’t have fish frys here. They do celebrate Lent, just no fish frys.

  27. We had this for Sunday lunch. This was very good and I know I’ll enjoy the leftovers for a lunch or two during the week.

  28. I’m from south central PA and I definitely know what Haluski is! And a truly good haluski needs to be made with homemade noodles.

  29. cheryl illinois says:

    There is a town right across the river from my hometown 30 miles NE of Pittsburgh. Every year this tiny place has a festival called Ethnic Days where they serve all Eastern European dishes. Haluski and pierogies are always there. I think fish frys started maybe in Wisconsin. Chicago and Wisconsin have tons of restaurants that have fish fry EVERY Friday year round. I think VFW ones are best. I do think Western Pa. has lots of Eastern Europeans so those dishes are very popular there even tho Chicago has the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw.

  30. This looks interesting. I’ve never had Haluski but it looks like a great Meatless Monday dish. Pinning this one too!

  31. I made haluski a couple of times in the last 6 months for the kids at the pre-k center where I work. Something magical happened the last time I made it! I fell totally and completely in love with haluski, which I call Polish soul food! I think it is so good and such a down to earth, country, peasant food kind of dish. I applaud haluski!!! I too am from the Pittsburgh area (Washington, PA). As many people have stated, it’s very popular in this area and always on the menu at church functions, wedding receptions and during Lent. Long live haluski! If you haven’t tried it, what on earth are you waiting for???

  32. I am a Pittsburgh girl gone South. (Moved to S.C. a couple years ago) I REALLY MISS all the ethnic food from Pittsburgh!!! So my recipe is the same as yours, only after cooking mine in the frying pan, I bake it in a blue speckled roasting pan for 30 40 minutes. To me, that gives it the “Friday Church Fish Fry taste” ! LOL (FYI- they NEVER heard of that either down here…) My family devours it- even the Californian daughter -in- law who’s never heard of any of my “Pittsburgh” dishes. But she sure liked the “Cookie Table” at her wedding- at my insistence!

  33. I’m from Harrisburg, and growing up, we had Cabbage & Noodles about once a month as well. Too bad I didn’t have a taste for it when I was young. Thanks to people such as yourself, keeping it alive, I can get my fill now!

  34. I grew up on the Hungarian version of this dish. It was simply chopped cabbage sautéed in bacon fat, with small pasta shells and lots of black pepper. Seeing this brings back very fond memories.

  35. I love haluski!! I grew up near Pittsburgh and this was always on our table. Still a favorite ( I am making tonight) and definitely a staple during Lent!!

    • Oh absolutely during Lent! When I lived mid state for 4 years, nobody did the fish fries like Pittsburgh does. Now that I’m back, I can’t wait to start going to them again.

  36. I tried your Huluski tonight for dinner; it was so good that it wasn’t around long enough to take a picture. Thanks for the recipe!

  37. I just made this for the first time and it was exactly how I remembered it when my aunt had me try it at an autumn festival in Bedford, PA. She said it was a common dish in PA and that’s all I needed to know to love it! She lives in Altoona and my grandparents lived in Rimersburg. I’ve spent a lot of time learning food dishes from that area to carry on family traditions. It keeps my grandparents close to my heart!

  38. I have eaten cabbage and noodles since my kids were young. A babysitter taught us how to make it. I never knew what it was called until now. It’s just always been cabbage and noodles to us! A life saver for a single Mom of 3! Cheap meal, kids love it, what could be better? my kids are all grown and their kids are all grown but everyone still loves this simple dish!

    • Oh I absolutely agree! When I buy a head of cabbage, I can easily get several meals out of it (granted I’m only one person), and cabbage is cheap to begin with. When I don’t know what to make for the week, I usually end up with cabbage and making haluski.

      • Haluski is a Slovak dish in my family. Haluski is a potato dumpling. My Great Grandparents came here early 1920’s and Grandma Novak made it with the dumplings, sauerkraut and fried chopped bacon and onions. My father continues to make it and it is heavenly!!!!

  39. In a simpler form, this is Hungarian peasant food. The version I grew up on was small macaroni shells mixed in with chopped cabbage fried in bacon fat, and lots of black pepper. Yum! Haven’t made that in years. The name is different in Hungarian also, but I don’t know how to spell it.

  40. Stacey Pogozelski Berry says:

    I grew up eating this in Texas; my Polish dad is from Pittsburgh! My mom made haluski at least twice a month. Love it! Still one of my favorite comfort foods.

  41. Hi! I made this dish yesterday and it was really good! I was wondering if there is a side dish that you would recommend to eat along with it?

    • If you want to be a true Pittsburgher, the answer is pierogies ;) We usually eat garlic bread with it since it’s pasta, but you can also do a salad to help balance the butter. Or you can make the haluski as a side dish and serve something else for the main. Haluski is often served with fish for fish fries during Lent.


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