Today is my first post for Bacon Month, yay!! All month long myself and a group of awesome foodies will be sharing fantastic recipes with bacon, and giving away a new bacon focused cookbook each week, thanks to Julie from White Lights on Wednesday. This week, through Sunday, August 10, you have a chance to win a copy of Bacon Nation.
Before we get to the giveaway, let me introduce you to the best halushki I have ever had. I mentioned at the beginning of the guest post my husband did for me, Polish Coal Miner Piggies, that I don't like cabbage. The only way I have ever been able to really enjoy it is in halushki, a Polish or Hungarian dish of shredded cabbage and egg noodles. Adding bacon and ricotta cheese to it takes it to a whole other level! The saltiness of the bacon combined with the creaminess of the cheese makes the cabbage (and noodles) just melt in your mouth. This recipe came about simply due to receiving two small heads of cabbage in my CSA share. My husband was the one who mentioned adding ricotta to it, I had never heard of it, but I guess his grandmother used to do it, and I just happened to have ricotta on hand. Bacon, well, I always have that on hand!
This week, through Sunday, August 10, you have a chance to win a copy of Bacon Nation. I haven't seen it yet, but it sounds yummy! I know you want to enter right now, but you'll also want to check out my recipe for the best halushki ever below!!
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Halushki with Bacon and Ricotta Cheese
- 5 cups shredded cabbage
- 12 ounces home style egg noodles
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 cup chopped red onion
- 1 garlic scape ,sliced fine ( or two garlic cloves, minced)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the egg noodles according to package directions, adding salt and a few drops of olive oil to the water. Drain and set aside, reserving about ½ cup of the pasta cooking water.
- Core and wash a small head of green cabbage. Slice in half (you may need more depending on how big your cabbage is), then slice into thin strips, discarding the thickest white part in the middle.
- Cut the bacon into 1 inch pieces. In a large pan, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until just crispy (don't let it get too crispy!) Without draining, add the cabbage,onion,and garlic scapes. If using minced garlic wait to add it until the cabbage and onion are almost tender. Saute for 7-10 minutes,
- Add the pasta to the cabbage mixture, along with the ricotta cheese. Stir well, then add the reserved water from the pasta, a little at a time, until desired consistency. Serve immediately.
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Tracy Gould says
So easy to make and it was very delicious!
Melanie Love says
My grandfather used to make this all the time. I have to tell you I love it!! I have actually even craved it. He never ever used the ricotta cheese though, it was always cottage cheese. None of the recipes he ever used were with ricotta, due to the fact that cottage cheese was what his parents could afford more so than the ricotta, He was one of 17 children. I so thank you cause I couldn't quiet remember how he made. He didn't want anyone to steal his secrets,,lol. And thank you for bringing back some lovely memories.
Hi Melanie, glad I was able to give you some great memories! I've stopped buying cottage cheese, I end up forgetting to use it and throwing it out too often.
Becca from It's Yummi! says
I've never heard of Halushki, but I love cabbage and heck... you know how I adore bacon! I'm all over throwing my face into the plate full of this!
It's a Polish recipe, but I think it's more common in PA then anywhere else. My husbands mother's family is Polish.