Krpice sa zeljem - Fast Food Style


Krpice sa zeljem - Fast Food Style

Savory Cabbage Pasta Delight

In the world of fast food, we bring you a unique twist on the traditional Croatian dish, Krpice sa zeljem. This fast food adaptation combines the flavors of tender cabbage and hearty pasta, creating a satisfying and convenient meal. Get ready to indulge in a delicious fusion of flavors that will leave you craving for more.

Jan Dec

20 minutes

20 minutes

40 minutes

4 servings


Fast food lovers, Omnivorous eaters, Budget-friendly meals, Quick and easy recipes, Comfort food enthusiasts

Wheat (pasta), Dairy (cheese)

Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Low-carb diets


While the original Krpice sa zeljem is a slow-cooked dish with homemade pasta, our fast food version offers a quicker preparation time and uses store-bought pasta. We have also added some additional ingredients to enhance the flavors and make it more suitable for fast food enthusiasts. We alse have the original recipe for Krpice sa zeljem, so you can check it out.


  • Calories: 450 kcal / 1884 KJ
  • Fat: 18g (Saturated Fat: 6g)
  • Carbohydrates: 50g (Sugars: 8g)
  • Protein: 22g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. 2.
    In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until translucent.
  3. 3.
    Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned. Break it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon.
  4. 4.
    Stir in the shredded cabbage, paprika, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the cabbage starts to soften.
  5. 5.
    Pour in the tomato sauce and simmer for another 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  6. 6.
    Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss everything together until well combined.
  7. 7.
    Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top and cover the skillet with a lid. Let it cook for a few minutes until the cheese melts.
  8. 8.
    Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Pasta — Be sure not to overcook the pasta as it will continue to cook slightly when combined with the other ingredients. Cook it until al dente for the best texture.
  • Cabbage — Shred the cabbage finely to ensure it cooks evenly and blends well with the other ingredients.
  • Ground beef — Use lean ground beef to reduce the amount of fat in the dish. You can also substitute it with ground turkey or chicken for a healthier option.
  • Tomato sauce — Opt for a good quality tomato sauce to enhance the flavor of the dish. You can also add a pinch of sugar to balance the acidity if needed.
  • Cheese — Feel free to experiment with different types of cheese for a unique twist. Try using a blend of cheddar and mozzarella for a gooey and flavorful topping.

Tips & Tricks

  • To add a bit of heat, sprinkle some red pepper flakes or drizzle hot sauce over the dish before serving.
  • For a vegetarian version, omit the ground beef and add some sautéed mushrooms or tofu for added texture and flavor.
  • If you prefer a creamier sauce, stir in a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt just before serving.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of water to prevent drying out.
  • Serve this dish with a side of garlic bread or a fresh green salad to complete the meal.

Serving advice

Serve the Krpice sa zeljem - Fast Food Style hot, straight from the skillet. Garnish with fresh parsley for a pop of color. This dish is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner, and pairs well with a variety of side dishes and beverages.

Presentation advice

To make the dish visually appealing, sprinkle some extra grated cheese and parsley on top just before serving. Serve it in a deep plate or bowl to showcase the vibrant colors of the cabbage and pasta. The melted cheese on top will create an enticing and mouthwatering presentation.