Krpice sa Zeljem - Brazilian Style


Krpice sa Zeljem - Brazilian Style

Brazilian-Inspired Krpice sa Zeljem: A Twist on a Croatian Classic

In the vibrant world of Brazilian cuisine, we bring you a delightful twist on the traditional Croatian dish, Krpice sa Zeljem. This Brazilian-inspired version combines the heartiness of sautéed cabbage with the flavors of Brazilian spices and ingredients. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that fuses the best of both worlds!

Jan Dec

15 minutes

20 minutes

35 minutes

4 servings


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

Wheat (if using regular pasta)

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


While the original Croatian Krpice sa Zeljem is typically made with pasta and cabbage, this Brazilian adaptation adds a touch of Brazilian flair. We incorporate Brazilian spices and ingredients to elevate the flavors and create a unique fusion dish that pays homage to both culinary traditions. We alse have the original recipe for Krpice sa zeljem, so you can check it out.


  • Calories: 320 kcal / 1340 kJ
  • Fat: 8g (Saturated Fat: 1g)
  • Carbohydrates: 55g (Sugars: 8g)
  • Protein: 9g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. 2.
    In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until fragrant and translucent.
  3. 3.
    Add the sliced cabbage to the skillet and cook until it starts to soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. 4.
    Stir in the diced tomatoes and red bell pepper, and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. 5.
    Sprinkle the ground cumin and paprika over the cabbage mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well to combine.
  6. 6.
    Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  7. 7.
    Cook for another 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  8. 8.
    Serve the Brazilian-style Krpice sa Zeljem hot, garnished with fresh cilantro.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Pasta — Cook the pasta until al dente to ensure it retains a slight bite and doesn't become mushy when combined with the other ingredients.
  • Cabbage — Thinly slice the cabbage to ensure it cooks evenly and becomes tender without losing its texture.
  • Cumin and paprika — Adjust the amount of spices according to your taste preferences. Feel free to add more if you prefer a bolder flavor.

Tips & Tricks

  • For added protein, you can incorporate cooked beans or tofu into the dish.
  • If you prefer a spicier flavor, add a pinch of chili flakes or a dash of hot sauce.
  • Feel free to experiment with different types of pasta, such as whole wheat or gluten-free, to suit your dietary needs.
  • Serve with a squeeze of fresh lime juice for a burst of citrusy flavor.
  • Leftovers can be refrigerated and enjoyed the next day. Simply reheat in a skillet or microwave before serving.

Serving advice

Serve the Brazilian-style Krpice sa Zeljem as a main dish accompanied by a fresh green salad or crusty bread. It can also be served as a side dish alongside grilled meats or roasted vegetables.

Presentation advice

Garnish the dish with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro to add a pop of color and freshness. Serve it in a vibrant bowl or on a decorative plate to enhance the visual appeal.