Spaghetti with Red Cabbage and Feta is a simple, yet satifsying and delicious meal. Great as a side, or perfect as a vegetarian entree.
Red cabbage is one of those vegetables that I'm just kinda "meh" about. I sometimes buy one to add a little color to my coleslaw, but other than that, I don't really have much love for it. So when I found myself with an abundance of red cabbage a few weeks ago, I decided to figure out what I could make.
The internet gave me TONS of recipes for German sweet braised red cabbage, with or without apples, but I've never been a big fan of that dish. Pass.
But that did remind me that I usually braise my green cabbage (note to self: post that recipe someday), so I figured I could do something similar with red too. Without apples. I put it on spaghetti (because everything is better with pasta) and added cheese (because Wisconsin), and I got Spaghetti with Red Cabbage and Feta Cheese.
Is Spaghetti with Red Cabbage and Feta Good?
Now I can tell what you're probably thinking. Trust me, this is one of those recipes that tastes better than it sounds. I mean, I think the pictures look pretty yummy (if I do say so myself), but cabbage, on spaghetti??
It really is good. So much so that I made it several times over the course of a couple of weeks (to use up all that red cabbage of course). How something so simple as onion, garlic, cabbage, salt, pepper, and a little cheese can taste so good when you mix them all together will never fail to amaze me.
And the fact that this dish is so simple, and requires only a short time to cook, makes it the perfect meal to whip up on a busy weeknight. Well, now I know what I'm going to do anytime I have leftover red cabbage.
How to make Spaghetti with Red Cabbage and Feta:
This dish is incredibly easy to make, and takes only a few basic ingredients:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Red onion
- Red chili flakes
- Red cabbage
- Kosher salt
- Feta cheese
Prep for the cabbage is easy and can be accomplished while the spaghetti is cooking. However, you will be required to thinly slice the cabbage, which is easiest (and safest) to accomplish if you have a good, sharp knife. Otherwise you can use a mandoline.
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Spaghetti with Red Cabbage and Feta Nutrition Notes:
The above nutrition info is calculated using regular spaghetti. To increase fiber content, use whole wheat. Serve this as a vegetarian entree with a salad, or you can serve it as a side (maybe in a slightly smaller portion) with your favorite meat entree.
Spaghetti with Red Cabbage and Feta Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ⅛ teaspoon red chili flakes
- 1 pound shredded red cabbage (about 4 cups - see note)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ pound spaghetti, cooked according to directions (use Gluten Free spaghetti if you need to make this recipe Gluten Free)
- ¼ cup crumbled Feta cheese
- Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Cook onion until soft, about 3-5 minutes, reducing heat to medium-low if onions begin to brown. Add the garlic and chile flakes and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the cabbage, salt and pepper. Cover and cook until cabbage is softened, about 15-20 minutes.
- Portion the spaghetti onto 4 bowls or plates. Distribute the cabbage mixture over the pasta, and top each with 1 Tablespoon of crumbled Feta. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Disclaimer: I try my best to make sure the nutrition information I provide is accurate to provide you with the best information possible. However, due to ingredient discrepancies and other factors, the above nutrition information should be considered an estimation only.