Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cabbage in Tomato Sauce (Kapuska)

Growing up cabbage was one of the vegetables I disliked the most next to cauliflower. Never did I enjoy any type of meal that contained cabbage. Forgetting my dislike for cabbage after many years, I started cooking with cabbage and now it is actually one of my favorite vegetables. Besides stuffed cabbage, this is one of my favorite cabbage recipes. Very simple to prepare, yet it is delicious. After having this plain with rice for dinner, the next day I boiled pasta and added it to this cabbage meal. It became pasta with cabbage sauce. It worked perfectly! Many people add rice or meat to this recipe. I will post a meat version of it at another time.

1 green medium cabbage
¼ cup chopped onion
2 tbsp tomato paste
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper

Cut cabbage in half. Slice each half and set aside. Heat olive oil. Saute the onions until translucent. Add tomato paste and stir. Add cabbage, salt and pepper and sauté for 5 minutes. Cook covered for 5 minutes on medium heat. Remove cover, stir and cook for another 5 minutes. Enjoy warm with pasta or rice.


Sule said...

I love Kapuska!

Anonymous said...

Great recipe, just cooked it! Very easy and tasty. Thanks!

Carmen O said...

I had to pick a very small cabbage (after seeing a cabbage worm). I found this recipe which looked great. I decided that I might as well add some bits and pieces (small piece of zucchini,one mushroom, one small broccoli flower). Used my home canned tomato sauce and it not only looks good but tastes great. The sauce from the onion and cabbage on the rice was wonderful. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

It is so interesting, I first learned about this dish from an Ethiopian woman I worked with. She said it was a native dish from her country. I have never tasted something so delicious in my life, that is made up of the simplest ingredients! I love this dish!

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Anonymous, interesting...I had no idea that Ethiopians had a similar dish! It sounds like they have a good taste in food too! I googled it to see how they prepare their version and they include carrots and potatoes in it along with turmeric. I actually have all the ingredients on hand and may have to make it this weekend! I do love Ethiopian food by the way. Russia and some of the Eastern European countries have their own version of this dish as well. Sometimes the best tasting dishes are made of the simplest ingredients.