35aweek’s Pasta with Cabbage and Gorgonzola

After the success with the parsnip ragù from $35 a week I decided to try her recipe for pasta with cabbage and gorgonzola well. I’m always looking for new ways to use vegetables, especially if I don’t eat them very often like cabbage. This recipe is very simple, quick and tasty, especially if you like blue cheese because that’s what it tastes like!

With pasta dishes I always try to match the texture of the pasta with the texture of the sauce (or create a contrast on purpose). Since this sauce has a ‘fine’ texture, I decided to use gnocchetti rather than penne.


For 2 servings

450 grams (1 pound) cabbage, shredded

100 grams (4 oz) blue cheese, diced

200 grams short pasta

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

2 tbsp olive oil

flatleaf parsley, chopped


Cook the pasta al dente in salted boiling water for the time indicated on the package.

Meanwhile, sauté the cabbage with the caraway seeds in the olive oil until it starts to brown. Lower the heat and add the cheese. Stir to melt.

When the pasta is ready, reserve some cooking water. Drain the pasta and add to the cabbage. Toss to mix. Add a bit of the reserved cooking water if the mixture turns out too dry. Taste and adjusted the seasoning with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Serve on preheated plates, sprinkled with parsley.

7 thoughts on “35aweek’s Pasta with Cabbage and Gorgonzola

  1. I recently made Pasta with cabbage, a vegetable I don’t usually associate with pasta, and it was so delicious. Instead of blue cheese, I just added Parmesan and I was really impressed how the caramelized cabbage married so well with wholewheat pasta. Will give your recipe a try. By the way, I am Italian (and a chef) and I am impressed by your knowledge of Italian food.


    1. Thanks so much for the wonderful compliment!
      You are right about not associating cabbage and pasta. The only traditional pasta dish with cabbage that I know of is Pizzoccheri alla Valtellinese, made with savoy cabbage (verza).


      1. Stefan, you just touched on one of my very favourite dishes ever! And so hard to find on menus unless you are in the Italian Alps. When I discovered it in an Italian restaurant here in LA, I nearly fell over!


        1. I can imagine! I am planning to make pizzoccheri next week (and blog about that, obviously), as soon as I’ve found the proper cheese for it (Valtellina Casera). There is a cheese shop about half an hour from here that should have it.

          By the way, have you ever been to Biba’s in Sacramento? I’ve initially learned to cook from her books, and it’s the only (mostly) authentic Italian restaurant I’ve been to in the US (I haven’t been to that many though, probably about 2 dozen or so in Chicago, NYC, Florida and one in Atlanta where they wanted to serve grated parmigiano on spaghetti alle vongole…).


          1. No I haven’t. If I am ever in Sacramento, I will give it a shot. In the last 10 years, LA has developed a lot of authentic Italian restaurant and then there is New York…if you are ever there, you should try one of Mario Batali’s places. If you are ever in LA, you just have to ask. I remember Holland being a bit of a desert as far as authentic Italian food but it might have changed


            1. Until 20 years ago or so, Holland was a desert for good restaurants, full stop 😉 But that has definitely changed for the better! As for Italian, of course we have many mediocre pizza places, but there are some good ones out there like (in Amsterdam) Lo Stivale d’Oro (trattoria) and Bussia (restaurant). If you are ever going to Holland, just ask 🙂 I’ll be in Utah, Wyoming, Montana with an RV for 3 weeks in September and plan on doing most cooking myself…


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