Krpice sa zeljem (Turkish Style)


Krpice sa zeljem (Turkish Style)

Turkish-Inspired Cabbage Pasta

In Turkish cuisine, hearty and comforting dishes are highly valued. This Turkish-inspired adaptation of the Croatian dish "Krpice sa zeljem" combines the flavors of tender cabbage and pasta, creating a satisfying and flavorful meal. The dish is perfect for those seeking a taste of Turkish cuisine with a twist.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

25 minutes

40 minutes

4 servings


Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Egg-free

Wheat (from pasta)

Gluten-free, Paleo, Keto, Low-carb, High-protein


While the original Croatian dish uses traditional pasta, this Turkish adaptation incorporates Turkish flavors and ingredients. The dish is infused with aromatic spices and herbs commonly found in Turkish cuisine, giving it a unique and delightful taste. Additionally, the cooking method and seasonings have been adjusted to align with Turkish 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: 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 pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, sautéing until they become translucent.
  3. 3.
    Add the sliced cabbage to the pan and cook until it starts to soften, stirring occasionally.
  4. 4.
    Sprinkle the paprika, cumin, dried oregano, salt, and pepper over the cabbage. Mix well to evenly distribute the spices.
  5. 5.
    In a small bowl, whisk together the vegetable broth and tomato paste until well combined. Pour the mixture into the pan with the cabbage.
  6. 6.
    Reduce the heat to low and let the cabbage simmer for about 15 minutes, or until it becomes tender.
  7. 7.
    Add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss gently to combine all the ingredients.
  8. 8.
    Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  9. 9.
    Remove from heat and garnish with fresh parsley.
  10. 10.
    Serve hot and enjoy!

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 cabbage.

Tips & Tricks

  • For added flavor, you can sprinkle some crumbled feta cheese or squeeze fresh lemon juice over the dish before serving.
  • If you prefer a spicier version, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the cabbage while cooking.
  • Feel free to experiment with different types of pasta shapes to add variety to the dish.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Serving advice

Serve the Turkish-Inspired Cabbage Pasta as a main course, accompanied by a fresh salad or Turkish bread on the side. It can also be enjoyed as a side dish alongside grilled meats or roasted vegetables.

Presentation advice

To enhance the presentation, sprinkle some additional chopped parsley over the dish before serving. You can also drizzle a little extra olive oil on top for a glossy finish.