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Instant Pot Haluski – Cabbage and Pasta Recipe

Haluski Recipe is a traditional Eastern European comfort food made with buttery fried cabbage and noodles. This Instant Pot Haluski recipe makes AMAZING one pot meal under 30 minutes that whole family will love.

Easy dinners that get done quickly and use just one pot to make, are our family favorites for busy weeknights. Along with this Vegetable Haluski Pasta, we have several winners like Creamy Potato Soup, Stuffed Pepper Soup, Vegetable Minestrone Soup as well as Creamy Gnocchi Soup in this easy dinner category.

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What is Haluski

Although it sounds unusual, haluski is a tasty cabbage dish that’s often cooked in the homes of many cultural groups. Haluski can be cooked with a variety of ingredients and seasonings and can be served as a main course or as a side dish.

Cabbage and pasta are two inexpensive ingredients that can be used to make this delicious dish. Haluski, pronounced haw-loos-kee, is perfect for cool months. Traditional Haluski is a good old-fashioned comfort food dish. It’s perfect for a family dinner or a special occasion.

A dinner plate full of tender cooked cabbage and pasta.

Recipe Inspiration

Years ago, when we were staying in International Village, we were friends with a wonderful Polish neighbor. We used to have Progressive dinner Parties and learn and devour international cuisine. My neighbor’s mom made us this unforgettable cabbage pasta dish. It was so simple yet so luscious and comforting, I had to seek the recipe and know all about it.

So this recipe is adaptation of Mama Jolanta’s classic creation. I also recreated it using electric pressure cooker like Instant Pot to make it easy and quick. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

You will Love this Recipe

  • Fast – Made in less than 30 minutes in an Instant Pot or Stove top.
  • Inexpensive – This budget friendly recipe uses cabbage and pasta as main ingredients. You can feed a crowd and spend very little to make it.
  • Easy – Even kids can make it. It is easy and quick dump and go Instant Pot Recipe.
  • Satisfying – Cabbage and pasta make a wonderful combination that is hearty and filling.
  • Healthy –  Pasta full of cruciferous veggies. Full of nutrients and wholesome ingredients
  • Family Friendly –  pasta dish even kids will love.

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Ingredients

Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here’s what goes in this recipe

  • Cabbage, onions and green peas
  • Pasta – I used gluten free rotini
  • Seasoning – I used low sodium vegetable broth and all purpose seasoning mix along with salt and ground black pepper. You can use water instead of broth. Onion and garlic powder, celery salt and flavoring bullion cubes can also be used.
  • Butter or Oil
  • Optional Garnishes – fresh herbs like flat leaf parsley, basil or chives minced, Red pepper flakes, grated Parmesan cheese, fresh lemon juice

Ingredients used in making this Instant Pot Vegetarian Haluski Recipe.

Instant Pot Haluski

Press SAUTE on the Instant Pot, and when it reads Hot, add butter. Once it melts, add chopped onion and cabbage. Sprinkle some salt and cook until onions are slightly soft.

Hit CANCEL, and use some of the water to deglaze pot, if necessary

Add the pasta, broth and the seasoning. Give it a quick stir. The broth won’t cover the pasta, but this is fine.

Place the lid on the pressure cooker. Vent is in the Sealing position. Press MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes. Pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure, then begin cooking.

When Instant Pot finishes cooking, wait to keep warm timer for 5 minutes then release leftover pressure by moving the valve from SEALING to VENTING. 

When the pin drops, open the lid.

Using a fork, gently stir everything together. Pasta will soften and cook as you mix them with the liquid from the pot.

Hit SAUTE and cook for 1 or 2 minutes to help reduce extra liquid if needed.

Scoop the pasta into a serving bowl or platter, and serve with garnishes as desired. Enjoy !

Process Step collage showing major instructions in making this Instant Pot Haluski recipe.

Pro Tips

You can use whatever sort of pasta you like, you may just need to adjust cooking times accordingly. Egg noodles, chickpea flour pasta or gnocchi also can be used.

If you want to make this recipe oil/ butter free, simply skip the butter. Just use water or broth to get started with sautéing the veggies.

Traditional dish has meat in it. You could use 1cup of diced pancetta, sliced kielbasa, bacon or ham while sautéing the onions and cabbage.

You can also use cauliflower gnocchi for a lower-carb option.

If you would like to add other vegetables like carrots, celery or bell peppers, add them with the peas and pasta for even cooking.

I am suggesting several non traditional garnishes to amp up the flavors. Choose one or many depending on what you like.

A dinner serving with three plates of cabbage pasta with garnishes.

Delicious Cabbage Recipes

Since we are only using half the cabbage head to make this recipe, here are other delicious cabbage recipes to use the leftovers. Stuffed Cabbage Stew, Turmeric Cabbage and Peas Stir Fry ( Patta Gobhi ) , Vegan Eggroll in a Bowl and Cabbage Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce are all easy cabbage recipes with a stellar taste.

I always chop up the whole head of cabbage at once and keep leftovers in a Ziploc bag lined with a paper towel and tightly sealed in the refrigerator. This does help tremendously in meal prep.

Storage and Re-heating

You can store fried cabbages and noodles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

You can also freeze Haluski pasta for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Pasta does get mushy when you freeze it. ( so I prefer to eat it freshly made )

Haluski can be reheated on the stovetop or microwave with 1-2 tablespoons of water. You can also reheat in the oven by putting in a baking dish at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed through.

Instant Pot full of haluski.

How to Make Vegan Haluski

This vegetarian haluski recipe is easy to make vegan. Simply use plant based vegan butter or cooking oil instead of dairy butter. Rest of the ingredients are all vegan.

How to Make Gluten free Haluski – Cabbage and Pasta Recipe

Choose certified gluten free pasta to replace regular egg noodles or flour pasta. This is how I make it too. Any store brought glute free pasta can be substituted.

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Haluski which is fried cabbage, peas and pasta dish made in Instant Pot and served on black pasta plate with a fork on the side.

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Haluski which is fried cabbage, peas and pasta dish made in Instant Pot and served on black pasta plate with a fork on the side.

Instant Pot Haluski - Cabbage and Pasta Recipe

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Haluski is made with fried cabbage and pasta with butter and pepper. Instant Pot haluski is family friendly one pot cabbage and pasta dish that comes together under 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons butter - use plant based butter or oil for vegan version
  • 1 large onion, diced or thinly sliced
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, sliced into 1/2" slices - remove tough parts
  • 1/2 cup peas, frozen or fresh
  • 1 teaspoon all purpose seasoning
  • 8 ounces pasta - I used gluten free rotini. You could use regular pasta of any shape
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt - adjust per taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Optional Garnishes

  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, basil or chives minced
  • Red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese - use plant based for vegan

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions:

Press SAUTE on the Instant Pot, and when it reads Hot, add butter ( or oil) . Once it melts, add chopped onion, peas and cabbage. Sprinkle some salt and cook until onions are slightly soft.

Hit CANCEL, and use some of the water to deglaze pot, if necessary.

Add the pasta, broth and the seasoning. Give it a quick stir. The broth won't cover the pasta, but this is fine.

Place the lid on the pressure cooker. Vent is in the Sealing position. Press MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes. Pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure, then begin cooking.

When Instant Pot finishes cooking, wait to keep warm timer for 5 minutes then release leftover pressure by moving the valve from SEALING to VENTING. 

When the pin drops, open the lid. Noodles will not be fully cooked, but start stirring everything together, and they will soften and cook as you mix them with the liquid from the pot.

Hit SAUTE and cook for 1 or 2 minutes to help reduce extra liquid if needed.

Scoop the pasta into a serving bowl or platter, and serve with garnishes as desired. Enjoy !

Stove Top Instructions:

Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in pasta and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender but still slightly firm, about 7 minutes. Drain well.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook onion until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add cabbage and peas and cook until soft and almost brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Add cooked pasta and stir well. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with cheese,  herbs and red pepper. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 638mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 8g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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