by | Jul 20, 2020 | Blog, Recipe | 0 comments

A bit of History

I recently posted a picture of my dinner on Facebook. It was called Krautfleckerl. So of course my non-german speaking friends translated it and the result was hilarious: Herb Stain.
Of course, the meaning of this dish is more than Cabbage is called Kohl in German. Now my mom is Austrian and there the “slang” term for Cabbage is Kraut. The meaning of Fleckerl, is a small spot, dot, or piece. Since the cabbage gets cut up into pieces, it actually translates to cabbage pieces.

If you google Krautfleckerl, you get numerous recipes and it says that’s it is Hungarian, which could be as they were part of the Austrian Empire at some point. Well to me it is Austrian, as my mom is Austrian and some even say it is Viennese.

Traditionally and the way my mom made it, is with ground beef or pork and added bacon. You know me, I try to make it healthier. So we are leaving out the bacon and use ground turkey. This dish is a favorite in my family and we have it almost every 2 weeks.

Let’s get cooking

Ingredients are:
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1 lb of ground turkey
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1tbsp chopped garlic
  • salt, pepper, and thyme to taste
  • 1 pkg of farfalle pasta or any pasta you like

Saute the onion and garlic in a big frying pan or wok of your choosing.

While you do that, cut the cabbage into quarters, cut the core out, and then cut 1′ strips. (Not lengthwise)

Once the onions and the garlic are looking glossy, add you ground turkey, season with salt, pepper, and thyme. Then fully cook it over medium-high heat until there is no more pink left.

Add the cabbage, mix until all of it fits in the pan, then cover and cook until cabbage is soft. Stir every so often to make sure all the cabbage gets cooked.

Cook your pasta according to instructions and serve the cabbage over the drained pasta. You can add some soy sauce to taste at the table.



My mom is Austrian and used to make this cabbage dish. I changed some things to make it a bit healthier.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Austria
Servings 8


  • Wok or big frying pan
  • Cutting Board
  • Good knife


  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • Salt, pepper and thyme
  • 1 pkg farfalle nooldes (bowtie pasta)


  • Heat the olive oil in your pan, add the chopped onion and garlic and saute over medium-high heat
    While that is cooking quarter the cabbage, cut out the core and cut into 1" strips (not lengthwise)
    When the onions and the garlic are glassy add the ground turkey, season with salt, pepper, and thyme. Cook over medium heat until the turkey is fully cooked. (no more pink)
    Add the cabbage, you may have to do this in stages, depending on the size of your pan. Mix it all, cover, and let it cook over medium heat. Stir every so often so that all the cabbage gets cooked, season some more if needed.
    While the cabbage is steaming, cook you pasta.
    Serve the cabbage of pasta. You can add a little soy-sauce if you like at the table.


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