Krpice sa zeljem (Arab-style)


Krpice sa zeljem (Arab-style)

Savory Arab-Style Pasta with Cabbage

In Arab cuisine, we have adapted the traditional Croatian dish of Krpice sa zeljem to create a delightful fusion of flavors. This Arab-style pasta with cabbage combines the heartiness of the original dish with aromatic Middle Eastern spices, creating a unique and satisfying meal.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

25 minutes

40 minutes

4 servings


Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Gluten-free (if using gluten-free pasta)

Wheat (if using regular pasta)

Paleo, Keto, Low-carb, High-protein, Carnivorous


While the original Croatian dish uses specific local ingredients and flavors, our Arab-style adaptation incorporates traditional Middle Eastern spices and herbs to infuse the dish with a new depth of flavor. We have also modified the cooking techniques to align with Arab culinary traditions. We alse have the original recipe for Krpice sa zeljem, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 320 kcal / 1340 KJ
  • Fat (total, saturated): 8g, 1g
  • Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 55g, 8g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    Cook the krpice pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. 2.
    In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until translucent.
  3. 3.
    Add the shredded cabbage to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes, until slightly softened.
  4. 4.
    Stir in the ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric, ground cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes to allow the spices to release their flavors.
  5. 5.
    Pour in the vegetable broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and let it cook for about 15 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender.
  6. 6.
    Add the cooked krpice pasta to the pan and toss well to combine. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  7. 7.
    Serve the Arab-style pasta with cabbage hot, garnished with fresh parsley.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Krpice pasta — Be sure to cook the pasta until al dente to maintain its texture in the final dish.
  • Cabbage — Shred the cabbage finely for quicker cooking and better incorporation with the pasta.

Tips & Tricks

  • For added flavor, you can sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds or pine nuts on top before serving.
  • If you prefer a spicier dish, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the spices.
  • Feel free to add other vegetables such as bell peppers or carrots for extra color and nutrients.
  • Serve the pasta with a side of yogurt or tahini sauce for a creamy and tangy contrast.
  • Leftovers can be refrigerated and enjoyed the next day, as the flavors tend to develop even more.

Serving advice

Serve the Arab-style pasta with cabbage as a main course, accompanied by a fresh salad or some warm Arabic bread.

Presentation advice

Garnish the dish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley to add a pop of color and freshness.