Cajun/Creole, Southern

Cajun Cabbage and Noodles

Today, we’re diving into a dish that’s not only bursting with flavors but also incredibly easy to whip up—Cajun Cabbage. Picture this: tender cabbage infused with the bold and spicy notes of Cajun seasoning, perfectly complemented by savory smoked sausage and hearty egg noodles. It’s a dish that’s sure to become a staple in your recipe repertoire, and I’m here to guide you through every step of the way.

Looking to spice up your weeknight meals? Look no further than Cajun Cabbage. This dish offers a tantalizing fusion of flavors that will transport your taste buds straight to the heart of Louisiana. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also incredibly versatile—you can enjoy it as a satisfying main course or serve it as a side dish alongside your favorite grilled meats. Plus, it’s budget-friendly and can be whipped up in under 30 minutes, making it the perfect option for busy weeknights or lazy weekends.

Ingredients:

Cajun Spice Mix

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper (about 1/4 tsp)

Cabbage and Noodles

  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 13 oz. sausage
  • 6 cups shredded cabbage (1/2 of a 2.5 lb. head)
  • 1/4 cup water (chicken stock)
  • 8 oz. wide egg noodles (or any noodle)
  • 2 Tbsp butter (or more to taste)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Hot sauce to taste

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Combine the spices for the Cajun spice mix in a bowl; set aside (Use creole kick i you have it). Finely shred the cabbage.
  2. In a large pot, heat cooking oil over medium heat. Slice the smoked sausage and add it to the pot. Stir and cook the sausage until well browned.
  3. While the sausage is browning, bring a pot of water to boil for the egg noodles. Once boiling, add the noodles and boil until tender. Drain the noodles in a colander.
  4. To the pot with the sausage, add shredded cabbage, a tablespoons of creole kick, and water. Stir to combine, then cover with a lid. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes, or until the cabbage is wilted.
  5. Once the cabbage is wilted, add the cooked and drained egg noodles and butter. Stir to combine and melt the butter. Taste the mixture and add more salt if needed.
  6. Just before serving, sprinkle sliced green onions and add a splash of hot sauce to each bowl.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • Experiment with different types of sausage for unique flavor profiles. Andouille sausage adds an authentic Cajun flair, while turkey or chicken sausage offers a lighter option.
  • For a vegetarian twist, omit the sausage and add extra veggies like bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms.
  • Don’t overcook the cabbage—it should be tender yet still slightly crisp for the best texture.
  • Adjust the level of spice according to your preference by adding more or less cayenne pepper and hot sauce.

Variations:

  1. Cajun Cabbage Stir-Fry: Add in a medley of colorful bell peppers and onions for added crunch and flavor.
  2. Seafood Cajun Cabbage: Incorporate shrimp or crawfish into the dish for a delicious seafood twist.
  3. Cajun Cabbage Soup: Transform this dish into a comforting soup by adding chicken broth and diced tomatoes.
  4. Cajun Cabbage Casserole: Layer the cabbage mixture with cooked rice and cheese, then bake until bubbly and golden.
  5. Cajun Cabbage Tacos: Serve the cabbage mixture in warm tortillas with avocado, salsa, and sour cream for a Tex-Mex twist.
  6. Cajun Cabbage Pasta: Toss the cabbage mixture with cooked pasta for a hearty and satisfying meal.
  7. Cajun Cabbage Slaw: Serve the cabbage mixture cold as a refreshing slaw alongside grilled meats or sandwiches.
  8. Cajun Cabbage Hash: Saute the cabbage mixture with diced potatoes and serve with fried or poached eggs for a hearty breakfast.
  9. Cajun Cabbage Quesadillas: Spread the cabbage mixture between tortillas with cheese and grill until crispy and melty.
  10. Cajun Cabbage Stuffed Peppers: Fill bell peppers with the cabbage mixture, top with cheese, and bake until tender.

What to Serve With Cajun Cabbage:

  1. Grilled Cajun Chicken
  2. Blackened Catfish
  3. Barbecue Ribs
  4. Grilled Shrimp Skewers
  5. Smoked Sausage Po’ Boys
  6. Cajun Grilled Corn on the Cob
  7. Hushpuppies
  8. Red Beans and Rice
  9. Cornbread Muffins
  10. Cajun Potato Salad

Storage Tips:

Leftover Cajun Cabbage can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Simply reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until warmed through before serving.

How Much Cajun Cabbage Should I Make for Family Gatherings?

For a family gathering, plan on making about 1.5 to 2 times the amount of Cajun Cabbage you would normally make for a regular meal. This ensures there’s plenty to go around and allows for second helpings.

Cajun Cabbage

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time: 20 minutesRest time: 5 minutesTotal time: 40 minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:300 kcal Best Season:Summer

Cajun Spice Mix Ingredients

  • Cabbage and Noodles

Instructions

  1. Combine the spices for the Cajun spice mix in a bowl; set aside. Finely shred the cabbage.
  2. In a large pot, heat cooking oil over medium heat. Slice the smoked sausage and add it to the pot. Stir and cook the sausage until well browned.
  3. While the sausage is browning, bring a pot of water (or chicken stock) to boil for the egg noodles. Once boiling, add the noodles and boil until tender. Drain the noodles in a colander.
  4. To the pot with the sausage, add shredded cabbage, Cajun spice mix, and water. Stir to combine, then cover with a lid. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes, or until the cabbage is wilted.
  5. Once the cabbage is wilted, add the cooked and drained egg noodles and butter. Stir to combine and melt the butter. Taste the mixture and add more salt if needed.
  6. Just before serving, sprinkle sliced green onions and add a splash of hot sauce to each bowl.
Keywords:Butter, Cayenne Pepper, Cooking oil, dried oregano, Dried thyme, Garlic Powder, Green Onions, Hot Sauce, Onion Powder, pepper, salt, Shredded cabbage, smoked paprika, Smoked Sausage, water, Wide egg noodles

How Far in Advance Can I Make Cajun Cabbage?

Cajun Cabbage is best when served fresh, but you can make it up to a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Simply reheat before serving to maintain the best flavor and texture.

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