It’s the way I like to eat … balanced food groups and balanced flavors. Pasta with cabbage may seem a strange combination to some. Stranger yet, perhaps, is the addition of raisins. But, trust me, it works. In fact, it more than works.
A simple sauteed/braised cabbage is a surprisingly delicious accompaniment to pasta.
I’m a big fan of layering flavors. I almost NEVER cook vegetables with water. I view it as a flavor diluting agent and opt for broth or other methods of cooking, like roasting or sauteing versus boiling.
The raisins in this dish, although only a few, are a wonderful balance to the salt (cheeses), smokiness (bacon) and tartness (tomatoes) and create a multi-level combination that pleases. Every.single.time!
And, of course, adding a few finishing touches, like freshly grated Parmigiana Reggiano and ground black pepper do exactly what they’re supposed to — finish the dish!
Cheesy Pasta, Cabbage, Bacon, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Golden Raisins
Author: Joan Nova, aka FOODalogue
- 1 cup red cabbage shredded
- 6 Brussels Sprouts shredded
- 1 tsp sun-dried tomatoes chopped
- 1 tsp crumbled bacon
- 1 tsp golden raisins
- ¾ cup chicken broth
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 sprig of parsley
- dry seasonings
- ¼ cup blue cheese
- fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano
- fresh grated black pepper
- Saute cabbage, garlic, bacon, tomatoes and raisins in a little olive oil.
- Salt and add additional dry seasonings like a little oregano or thyme.
- Add chicken broth and braise till cabbage starts to soften (but not mushy, about 10-minutes).
- Boil pasta, drain and add to pan.
- Toss over medium heat.
- Finishing Touch: Add blue cheese, freshly minced parsley and lots of cracked black pepper.
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A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!