Hungarian noodles with cabbage

Hungarian noodles with cabbage

Kaposztas koczka

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Hazana
Serves
4
Photographer
Mowie Kay

Hungarians use a different pasta for almost every pasta dish, and so kaposztas koczka is always made with square egg noodles. The exact proportions of noodles to cabbage can vary, but those in the know are convinced that the noodles should always dominate.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
600g white cabbage
50g butter
2 teaspoons sugar
salt
freshly ground black pepper

For the noodles

Quantity Ingredient
250g unbleached plain flour
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt

Method

  1. Grate the cabbage and salt it lightly. Place in a colander set over a bowl and leave to stand for 30 minutes.
  2. To make the noodles, follow the method for the pasta, below. Roll the dough out very thinly and leave to dry for 15 minutes. Roll up and cut into noodles 2cm wide, then cut the noodles into 2cm squares.
  3. Lightly squeeze the excess juice out of the cabbage. Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Add the sugar and allow it to caramelize. Stir in the cabbage and season with salt and plenty of pepper. Cover and cook over a moderate heat until it has so’ftened and is starting to turn golden brown, stirring from time to time so it cooks evenly and does not stick to the pan.
  4. Cook the noodles in plenty of lightly salted boiling water until tender but still firm. Drain well. Add to the cabbage and stir well, so the noodles are well coated with hot butter. Serve at once.

Pasta

  • To make the pasta, place the flour in a mound on a large wooden board or work surface and make a deep well in the centre. Drop in one egg at a time and add the salt. Gradually beat in the flour with a fork, then form into a soft ball. Knead well for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Do not add too much flour or the dough will become hard to roll. If the dough seems too dry, add a teaspoon or so of water. Wrap the dough in a damp cloth and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
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