Krpice sa zeljem - Soul Food Style


Krpice sa zeljem - Soul Food Style

Soulful Krpice sa Zeljem: A Southern Twist on a Croatian Classic

In the soulful world of Southern cuisine, we bring you a delightful twist on the traditional Croatian dish, Krpice sa zeljem. This comforting and hearty dish combines the flavors of tender pasta and savory cabbage, cooked to perfection. Get ready to experience a fusion of Croatian and Soul Food flavors that will warm your heart and soul.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

30 minutes

45 minutes

4 servings


Soul Food enthusiasts, Comfort food lovers, Omnivorous eaters, Pasta enthusiasts, Southern cuisine enthusiasts

Wheat (egg noodles), Pork (bacon)

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


While the original Krpice sa zeljem is typically made with homemade pasta and local Croatian ingredients, our Soul Food adaptation adds a touch of Southern flair. We incorporate soulful seasonings and cooking techniques 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 (kcal / KJ): 380 kcal / 1590 KJ
  • Fat: 15g (7g saturated)
  • Carbohydrates: 45g (6g sugars)
  • Protein: 15g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    Cook the egg noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. 2.
    In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet and set aside.
  3. 3.
    In the same skillet, add the diced onion and minced garlic. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent.
  4. 4.
    Add the sliced cabbage to the skillet and cook until it starts to wilt, about 5 minutes.
  5. 5.
    Pour in the chicken broth and add the smoked paprika, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Stir well to combine.
  6. 6.
    Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender.
  7. 7.
    Add the cooked egg noodles to the skillet and toss to coat them with the cabbage mixture.
  8. 8.
    Serve the Soulful Krpice sa Zeljem hot, garnished with crispy bacon and chopped fresh parsley.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Egg noodles — Cook the noodles al dente to ensure they don't become mushy when combined with the cabbage mixture.
  • Cabbage — Thinly slice the cabbage to ensure it cooks evenly and becomes tender.
  • Smoked paprika — Use high-quality smoked paprika to add a rich and smoky flavor to the dish.
  • Bacon — Choose thick-cut bacon for a meatier texture and flavor.
  • Fresh parsley — Add the chopped parsley just before serving to enhance the dish's freshness and add a pop of color.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a spicier kick, increase the amount of cayenne pepper or add a dash of hot sauce.
  • If you prefer a vegetarian version, omit the bacon and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
  • Serve the Soulful Krpice sa Zeljem with a side of cornbread for a complete Southern meal.
  • Leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated the next day for an equally delicious meal.
  • Feel free to add other vegetables like bell peppers or carrots for added flavor and texture.

Serving advice

Serve the Soulful Krpice sa Zeljem as a main dish, accompanied by a fresh green salad or cornbread. It pairs well with a glass of iced tea or lemonade.

Presentation advice

Garnish each serving of Soulful Krpice sa Zeljem with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley and a few crispy bacon bits on top. Serve it in a rustic bowl or on a colorful plate to enhance its visual appeal.