Tuesday, May 29, 2012


1/2 head green cabbage
1 pound elbow macaroni
6 strips bacon, chopped
1/2 large Spanish onion, diced
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 pound kielbasa, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/2 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
1/8 cup Tabasco
1 1/2 teaspoon honey
salt and pepper

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Italian flat leaf parsley, snipped
3 green onions, sliced

Dice cabbage and soak in cold water for 3 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook elbow macaroni until al dente, drain. Spray a large skillet with Pam and saute sliced kielbasa until the edges are blistered. Remove kielbasa. Cook bacon in the large skillet til done, remove bacon but leave the fat in the skillet. Saute onions in the bacon fat until they are translucent. Drain the cabbage and add it to the skillet. Stir. Mix together the vinegar and sugar. Add the mixture to the skillet, stir,  and reduce the heat. Cover the skillet and cook on low until the cabbage is tender. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, kielbasa, bacon, braised cabbage, cream, cheeses, Tabasco and honey. Stir until thoroughly mixed.  Season with salt and pepper and mix again. Spray a large casserole dish with Pam and transfer the mixture into it. Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Mix panko breadcrumbs, chopped parsley, and green onions together in a small bowl. Remove foil from pan after 30 minutes and sprinkle panko mixture over top of casserole. Bake uncovered until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Elizabeth, Recipe Journey, February 3, 2011 | adapted from Chef/Owner Chris Bonfili, Avenue B, 5501 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232