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casarecce pasta with braised cabbage in white bowl on wooden table with napkin + fork

Casarecce Pasta recipe

This simple Casarecce pasta recipe is flavored with braised red cabbage, bacon, and caramelized onions for hearty & delicious meal.

  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 2 quarts 1x


  • 2 quarts chopped red cabbage
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 TBSP butter
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 10 oz dry pasta (we used Barilla Casarecce)
  • 1/2 C balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds (optional)
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • Pepper to taste.
  • 1/2 C butter lettuce shredded as garnish


  1. Cook Pasta according to directions on package. Drain and allow to cool
  2. Bring a large stock pot filled with water to a boil. Add cabbage and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Drain cabbage and set aside.
  4. In the same stockpot, add the olive oil and dice bacon into 1/4" pieces and add to pot.
  5. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
  6. Julienne onions, add to pot and cook together with bacon over medium high heat until bacon is cooked through and onions are a caramel color ( about 10 minutes).
  7. Add red cabbage and cook an additional 10 minutes until cabbage has wilted and slightly browned.
  8. Add pasta to pot and stir to combine, now add butter and balsamic vinegar and cook while stirring for 5 minutes.
  9. Add caraway seeds and salt and pepper and serve with butter lettuce sprinkled over top.
  • Author: Superman Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Main Course or Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Eastern European


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 742
  • Sugar: 17.4 g
  • Sodium: 1671.2 mg
  • Fat: 47.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 66 g
  • Protein: 14.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 107.6 mg

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