Sautéed Cabbage and Onions | Italian Savoy Cabbage Recipe

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When you think Italian, you don’t often think of a sauteed cabbage recipe. However, Sautéed Cabbage and Onions is a surprisingly popular dish in Italy. The star of the show? A whole head of savoy cabbage– an extremely flavorful cabbage popular in Italy.

This savoy cabbage recipe starts with boiling the cabbage. Make a classic Italian ‘sofrito’ (olive oil infused with garlic and onions), then add bite-size pieces of boiled cabbage to the sauteed onions. Flavor with a good quality dry white wine, coarse salt and red pepper flakes. It’s that easy!

This savoy cabbage recipe is more nutritious and flavorful than heavily fried cabbage. You’ll never look at cabbage the same way again. It’s the best cabbage recipe ever!

This is also a vegan cabbage recipe!

TIP: Eat alone, or enjoy the finished Sautéed Cabbage and Onions inside a homemade focaccia.

TIP: Want to serve with focaccia? Check out our recipe for easy and delicious Homemade Focaccia:

TIP: Always use SAVOY cabbage (not ‘green cabbage’). Savoy cabbage has a very different texture and much more flavor than the green cabbage often used in slaws.

Want this recipe in Italian? Check out our recipe for Verza Stufata:

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS for Sautéed Cabbage and Onions (Italian Savoy Cabbage Recipe)

Savoy Cabbage – 1 medium or large head
Spring Onions – 2 large (or, use 2 leeks or 3 large shallots)
Fresh Garlic – 3 cloves
Salt (Coarse) – 1 tablespoon, or to taste
Red Pepper Flakes – 1 tablespoon, or to taste
Olive Oil – 1/4-1/2 cup (enough to generously coat bottom of large skillet)
Dry White Wine – 3/4 cup or 200 ml

Buon Appetito!

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Silvia says:

Just made this cause had this veggie around (trying to up my cruciferous veggies consumption after the “how not to
die” book) and wasn’t expecting much… my word it knocked my socks off! Mind blowing amazing! To make it a complete meal because I’m vegan I threw in largish pieces of extra firm tofu that had been marinating in a little bit of simple soy sauce for a few hours…. let me tell you, unbelievably good!! Thank you so much my belly is soooo happy

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