Kraut Flecken

by Melania Orasch
(Caistor Centre, Ontario, Canada)



This cabbage and noodle recipe comes from my husband's homeland Karntner, Austria. It was a favorite dish growing up and during times when there wasn't much meat available, just after the war.

1 head of cabbage small to medium
1 med. to large onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 cup of water
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp ground caraway seeds
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 cups of cooked noodles

Shred the cabbage to very thin slices. Once shredded, put into a large pot along with chopped finely onion, pressed garlic, water, caraway seeds and salt and pepper to taste. Leave this to simmer on the stove, stirring occasionally until the cabbage is thoroughly cooked. Cook the noodles and when ready to serve mix the noodles and cabbage together.

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Oct 18, 2023
by: Patricia Lavenz Goff

My mother used to make this all the time. I loved it. I brought all her spices other things back with me when I cleared out her apartment. I am so excited to figure out what everything is for and to use it in my dishes. Going to be cooking more German food for my brother now.

Sep 26, 2023
by: Helene

My mom use to make this when we were growing up, but my husband never had this at his house. I make it and he loves it. I'm from Voitsberg,Austria living in Minnesota.

Jul 22, 2019
Cabbage Noodles
by: Michael

My family is Hungarian and this dish. Is very popular there. In Hungary it is made by thinly shredding or grating a head of cabbage then sprinkling generously with salt to wilt. We then squeeze out excess liquid and sauté the cabbage in pork lard until it caramelizes. We season it with black pepper and fold in cooked egg noodles which are usually small homemade squares. It is delicious

Sep 18, 2018
cabbage and noodles
by: Anonymous

My mother used to make this dish and we would all inhale it:) Her grandparents were from Germany and this was one of the recipes inherited from them. Cut bacon strips into small sections and brown. Cut a head of green cabbage into strips and cut lots of onion. Add this to the cooked bacon and stir well to get all the bacon drippings coated on it. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook slowly until cabbge is tender, stirring frequently. Boil egg noodles and add to the cabbage folding it all together. This goes really well with pork of any kind, brats or any meat you like. Enjoy:)

Apr 12, 2018
Love it
by: Anonymous

I am Hungarian and we make a similar dish using bacon, cabbage, egg noodles and caraway seeds. My mom liked a little sugar added to hers while my father enjoyed lots of pepper on his..My mum cooked this using bacon fat.
In Hungariy this dish is called Kaoposztas Koskas.

Nov 23, 2017
Kraut Flecken - A timeless dish
by: Anonymous

This has been a favourite in our family for as long as I can remember. We now use minced meat so it has become fleisch und kraut flecken or fleisch nudellen. My grandson aged 20 cooked it for the first time this week and it was delicious! A foolproof dish for beginners!

Nov 21, 2017
by: Anonymous

My mutti would make this with paprika. Might be a German/Hungarian/Croatian mash up but really is devine.

Oct 19, 2017
Kraut Noodles
by: Anonymous

My Mutti did ours differently, cut up the cabbage in thin strips, salt the cabbage heavily and drain off the liquid a couple times, fry the cabbage in bacon fat, cook eggs noodles, once the cabbage is cooked add the noodles, add some butter and pepper and serve - absolutely awesome!!
Did this last night for my daughter and son in law! Along with Pork Schnitzel!!!
Oh man... :)

Sep 16, 2017
Great-Grand-Ma would have loved this
by: Serena

My Great Grand-Mother used to make this when I was I child. I'm now 46 and she's been gone since I was in my teens. Thank you for bringing back such wonderful memories.

My family is from Liebling, Romania and immigrated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada via Austria.

Oct 15, 2016
meine muttie
by: Anonymous

she did the cabbage the same but made a noodle dough, rolled it out, cut pretty little squares, cooked them and added to the cabbage...served with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar....(actually we got to add that ourselves!)

Jan 05, 2016
Krautfleckerl - Viennese version
by: Jane Dahlinger

That's pretty much how my grandmother and Mutti made it:

Jul 03, 2015
My version
by: Anonymous

My mom's kraut fleckle (and mine) call for the cabbage and cooked egg noodles to be fried in butter & oil with salt and LOTS of pepper until there are crispy bits:) Yummy!!

Apr 26, 2015
Taught to me by my Vienesse schweigermutter
by: Marie

I agree about adding some chopped ham. It's tastier!

Apr 14, 2015
Kraut Flecken
by: Maike Campagna

I am from the north of Germany and we have a similar dish called "Schmorkohl" (braised cabbage. At the end you make a gravy out of the liquid. WE served it over potatoes or sometimes rice. Not sure about the noodles... But I might give it a try.

Oct 14, 2014
by: Carmella

My parents made this at least once a week. Delish! Thanks for sharing ..... It's "what's for dinner?" Tonight! :) my parents called it Haluski.

Oct 13, 2014
Fantastisch und lecker
by: Jeff Maltz

I made this in Germany for my German friends and they loved it. My friends are from Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen and have never eaten it. My mom called it Haluska (Czech)or Haluski (Polish). She also added small pieces of cut up bacon or ham or used Hackepeter (ground beef and pork seasoned with onions, salt and pepper.) It is a simple meal, but always tasted wonderful.

Oct 13, 2014
next day
by: Anonymous

when the left overs are kind of dry because the noodles soak up all the juices I add a little bouillon stock.


Great idea!

Apr 17, 2014
different version same recipe
by: Gloria

Our version of this is simply:

*Cabbage (1 head) chopped and cooked in
*3/4 stick butter
*1 lb bacon (fried & crumbled) (add 2-3 TBS grease to final mix)
*12 oz Wide Noodles (cooked al dente & drained)
*1/4 stick butter (added to noodles once boiled and drained)
*16 oz Sour Cream (light)

This is super easy and super YUM!! It's espcially good the next day. Enjoy.

Jan 19, 2014
Kraut Fleckln
by: Alex

Thank you I remember my Mum making me this as a child. I didn't like it much but by the time I was a teenager I had grown to love it ! She was from Vienna in Austria. and used small square pasta which her mum sent to England. I have forgotten this recipe, but will be making it soon. So thank you for a little reminder of my Mum and my teenage years !

Nov 26, 2013
Krautflecken - modified
by: Gerhild

I followed Melania's recipe except I first browned the cabbage and onion in a bit of oil. Then added the rest and cooked until the cabbage was thoroughly cooked.

I also found I thickened the liquid with a cornstarch/water mix and sometimes even used Bistro gravy mix to thicken.

Mixed together with the noodles. Yummy dinner for sure.

I guess I made it more like a braised Bavarian cabbage, because I was used to making cabbage that way. I've even added a bit of vinegar to ramp up the flavour.

Jan 14, 2012
Another Recipe
by: Anonymous

My mother's from Austria and I've been eating this since I was a child and making it since I was a teenager but my recipe's quite different (I've actually tried many variations but this is the base recipe).

Take a head of cabbage, cut it up into the sink and separate and tear with hands. Wash. Put it in a colander and salt thoroughly and let it sit for an hour to drain.

Add two cups of red wine to a large pot and cook at relatively high heat until most of the liquid is gone. Grind a good amount of black pepper in and add well, a lot of butter and then simmer on low heat for four hours. Yes, four, give or take, stirring occasionally.

Make and add this to egg noodles (don't forget to salt the water you use!) and, oh my is this delicious!

Variations: add raisins and it becomes this almost dessert-like. I prefer without but my son loves this. I've also tried with white wine and that's good too but I and my family prefer the red.

I'm personally not a fan of caraway flavor, but this is great with a mess of poppy seeds added near the end of the cooking. I know that may sound odd but try it.

You'll note there's no garlic or onion in this recipe. I've tried both and like it without. Hope someone gets something out of this and reports back!

Aug 30, 2011
Kraut Flecken
by: Anonymous

This is a bit different but tastes great. I tried this dish while on a trip with my kids in the bush. There was a German couple there and they shared it with us.

It was made with chopped bacon, cubed canned ham, onions, whole small chopped cabbage, all fried together.

Cooked elbow noodles were added to it. It was wonderful! We loved it!

Dec 26, 2010
I didn't know
by: Gray

I've made this myself from memory for 45 years. I didn't know about the onions and sugar but over the years I've used garlic.
Oh yeah, I use EGG NOODLE bowtie noodles. For me it makes a big difference.
Never met anybody else who knew of this dish. WOW, how wonderful is the internet !!

Dec 26, 2010
I didn't know
by: Gray

I submitted the previous recipe and forgot to mention that I have introduced Kraut Flecken to many others, NON of which had ever heard of it before. I am surprised to find others who know what it is.

Dec 26, 2010
Different recipe
by: Gray

Got this from my Mom, 50+ years ago.
Chop sixths of a small to medium cabbage(1/2)head into blender,add water to help cabbage chop to a smooth consistency but not mush.
Drain some of the water you added during chopping and leave some to evaporate during cooking.
Melt 1/2 stick of marg. or butter in frying pan and add salt, pepper, garlic, onion to taste.
Cook cabbage to a golden brown and mix with EGG noodles. This to me is very important as it adds a chew to the dish. I don't like mushy.
Finally add your fried cabbage to the noodles in a small amounts to taste again. I like it not to thick. I also melt more marg. with the noodles before mixing. I even fry the noodles a little before adding the fried cabbage.

Dec 01, 2010
Cabbage and Noodles
by: Elsie

Yes I will try this soon. I can taste it on my palate . . . . My family are from Graz Austria . . . . Vancouver BC [the Bayers}

Jul 21, 2010
Great German Recipe
by: Penny Finn

I tried your Kraut Flecken yesterday for dinner, and everyone really enjoyed the different taste.

This was the first time I had ever prepared a German dish, but I'm sure I will again.

We absolutely love cabbage as well as noodles, so I set right to work on this one. I would never have thought of having the caraway seeds, but they gave it such a nice, distinctive taste.

Jan 16, 2010
Kraut Flecken (Cabbage Bits!)
by: Gerhild

What an interesting title - the German translation of Kraut is Cabbage, and Flecken is bits.

I'm going to try this later this week. It sounds like a new comfort food for our family because we really like cabbage, although we've never had it with noodles before. But, we like noodles too, so why not marry the two?

Thanks, Melania, for sharing this with us.

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