Carbonara cabbage

Carbonara cabbage

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 8
Give your side dish an Italian twist by mixing tender Savoy with smoked bacon, garlic, cream and Parmesan

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal204
  • fat16g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 1kg Savoy cabbage, finely shredded
  • 12 rashers streaky bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 250ml single cream
  • 50g parmesan, grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Tip in the cabbage and boil for 10 mins. Drain and keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan and cook the bacon for 7-8 mins until golden and crisp, adding the garlic for the final 3 mins.

  3. In a bowl, mix together the cream and Parmesan with some freshly ground black pepper. Add the cream mixture and the cabbage to the bacon pan. Toss everything together until well coated. Return to the heat to warm through for a few mins before serving.

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21st Nov, 2015
The other reviewers are much less lazy than me, I'm just serving up with tagliatelle - cabbage instead of mushrooms sounds fine to me! But I'd happily have this with just potatoes instead!
30th Mar, 2015
Absolutely delicious and very quick and easy to make. Had as a side dish to roast poussin and roast baby new potatoes.
28th Dec, 2014
Bacon makes everything better and this is really nice, could just eat it on its own but that would seem a bit odd so used it as a side to a steak
10th Nov, 2013
Not really a huge fan of cabbage, but bought one and wasn't sure how to cook it. Tried this recipe and everyone loved it - even me!
19th Oct, 2013
My Daughter, who doesn't eat cabbage licked the pan !!! I did some Rump Steak cooked Sous Vide and potato die for. Or, in quantity, of.....
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9th May, 2014
This was really good. I like a low carb lifestyle and this is low carb but high flavor. Its gotta be savoy cabbage so it can stand up to the heat and being tossed in the pan with the cream. I would add a couple of egg yolks to make it more creamy and more traditional and traditional carbonara isn't made with cream at all. Thanks for this recipe. We had this with fried pork shoulder steaks. Awesome combination.
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27th Aug, 2013
I adapted this recipe by adding pasta to it to make a main meal. It was a big hit and very yummy!
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