Cabbage with bacon & onions

Cabbage with bacon & onions

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(21 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Give your greens a bit of crunch with John Torode's speedy side - perfect for Sunday lunch

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal283
  • fat22g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre6g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.7g
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  • 1 onion, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200g smoked lardon, or diced bacon
  • 1 Savoy cabbage
  • 150ml boiling water


  1. Fry the onion in butter for 2 mins, then add the bacon and cook for a few mins more until golden.

  2. Stir in the cabbage and boiling water. Cook for 2 mins over a medium heat until wilted, then cover, turn the heat to low and cook for another 5 mins.

  3. Uncover and stir well; the cabbage should have a little colour. If not, increase the heat and cook for a few moments more. Season to taste.

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13th Sep, 2019
Lovely. I used Fry-Lite instead of butter and added wholegrain mustard.
6th Jan, 2018
Just about to try this and I may be being pedantic but instruction is not given as to preparation of the cabbage. I have visions of someone stirring in a whole cabbage! I think I'll just slice it up! Looking forward to it judging from the comments.
31st Dec, 2018
I couldn’t agree more -very sparse and assumptive on cabbage prep. Am trying it now and will chop into large strips. From a fellow pedant
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17th Mar, 2016
19th Dec, 2015
Very quick, easy, and tasty. The butter quantity can be cut to 30g for the calorie conscious.
12th Nov, 2014
This is a great autumnal recipe which I will use again and again .xx
17th Nov, 2013
Used ordinary cabbage and it was transformed into a really delicious side dish using this recipe.
13th Oct, 2013
An excellent way to make cabbage more interesting.!
22nd Sep, 2013
Easy & tasty recipe, both my children had a try and ate every bite. Will become a Sunday roast favourite.
20th Jun, 2013
Surprising with so few ingredients - but it tastes really good


24th Jan, 2017
Could I ask if the Nutrition values per serving mean per portion i.e. this serves four so in total is it 1132 calories. Thanks
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30th Jan, 2017
Hi Debbie, Thanks for your question. Yes, that's exactly right. The nutrition information is for one serving (person) and there are four in this dish.
11th Jan, 2017
Do you slice the cabbage? It says stir it in so I assume you need to prepare it in some way?
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16th Jan, 2017
Thanks for your question. Yes you do need to slice the cabbage. We will amend the recipe to make that clear.
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