Pasta With Sausage, Caramelized Cabbage and Goat Cheese

Pasta With Sausage, Caramelized Cabbage and Goat Cheese

Pasta with cabbage is a common combination across much of Central and Eastern Europe. In this quick weeknight meal, an entire head of cabbage is cooked in the fat left behind by sweet Italian sausage. Goat cheese adds tang and helps create a cream sauce that ties everything together. Feel free to use this recipe as a guideline to come up with your own variation: Try it with your favorite shape of pasta, swap out the thyme for dill, parsley or another herb, or substitute the goat cheese for Parmesan.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 7 minutes; drain.
  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium. Add the sausage and cook, breaking apart with a wooden spoon, until fully cooked and crumbled, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a plate, leaving the fat in the pan.
  3. Step 3

    Add the cabbage, onion, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to the skillet. Cover and cook, stirring regularly, until the cabbage has completely wilted and starts to brown, about 15 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Reduce the heat to low and stir in the heavy cream, goat cheese and reserved sausage until evenly combined. Stir in the pasta, season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.