Cabbage and noodles makes a hearty and delicious dish using only five ingredients and four quick steps!

Tender egg noodles are mixed with fried onions, garlic, and coleslaw for a savory, comforting meal the whole family will love!

Try serving it as a side dish or a meatless main.

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Quick Easy Dinner!

  • Fried cabbage and noodles are an easy side dish that needs just a few ingredients.
  • Make ahead! Perfect for busy mid-week meals, cabbage and noodles tastes even better the next day for school or workday lunches!
  • Goes with everything! Serve as a tasty accompaniment to beef, chicken, or pork, or add in your favorite protein and make it a main dish!
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5 Ingredient Recipe

Cabbage – Using coleslaw mix with a mix of green and red cabbage and shredded carrots adds color and crunch and saves on prep time!

Noodles – Wide egg noodles are the ideal size that holds up well even if served as leftovers. Medium-sized pasta like shells, bow tie, ziti, or penne can also be used instead.

Vegetables – Add extra nutrition and color with a bag of frozen peas and carrots, sliced mushrooms, or use up leftover veggies!

Variations – This recipe is perfect for adding in extras! For proteins, cooked shredded chicken, ground sausage, sliced Polska kielbasa, crumbled bacon, or even meatballs can be added in Step 4.

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How to Make Cabbage and Noodles

This easy dish comes together in less than 20 minutes and is loaded with flavor!

  1. Cook egg noodles per package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Saute onion in butter until tender and add garlic, as directed in the recipe below.
  3. Add coleslaw mix and cook until tender. Mix in the noodles and cook until heated through.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Serving Suggestions

Cabbage and noodles is an excellent side dish to other comfort foods like meatloaf, pot roast, pork chops, or chicken. Add a bright and tangy tomato salad and some fluffy dinner rolls.

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Tips for Leftovers

Keep leftover cabbage and noodles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days and freeze portions in zip bags for up to four weeks. Reheat leftovers on the stove top or place them in a casserole dish covered with foil in the oven.

Leftovers can be added to a hearty soup or a steak stir fry.

Other Savory Sides!

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Cabbage and Noodles

This easy skillet side dish uses packaged coleslaw for quick prepping!
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly


  • 8 ounces egg noodles , dry and uncooked
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 16 ounces coleslaw mix
  • ¾ teaspoon salt , more or less to taste
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper , more or less to taste


  • Cook noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook the onion in butter over medium heat until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  • Add the coleslaw mix and cook until tender, about 7-9 minutes.
  • Stir in the noodles and cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt & pepper.


  • Diced ham, crisp bacon, sliced kielbasa, or crumbled sausage are great additions to this recipe. 
  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to four days.
  • Freeze leftover portions in zippered bags for up to four weeks.
  • Reheat leftovers on the stove top or in a covered casserole dish in the oven.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 561mg | Potassium: 389mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 504IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course, Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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