Polish Łazanki Recipe – Pasta With Cabbage That Tastes Like Poland!

A popular Polish cabbage and noodles dish, this lazanki recipe consisting of square noodles, cabbage, and bacon is heartwarming and wholesome! Perfect for a quick and filling Polish dinner!

You probably won’t be surprised by seeing another cabbage recipe on this blog! Today it’s time for the authentic Polish lazanki recipe that is super easy and very popular.

Lazanki is basically made by mixing cabbage (either fresh or sauerkraut) with pasta and fatty meat.

All About Polish Lazanki

Lazanki in a black bowl on a brown board.
Polish cabbage and noodles is a heartwarming dish

It’s believed that the name “łazanki” comes from the Italian “lasagna”. The shape of the lasagna and lazanki pasta is square. However, lasagna pasta slices are way bigger than łazanki that are really tiny.

According to the legend, Bona Sforza, an Italian noblewoman from the House of Sforza became a queen of Poland in the 16th century after marrying King Sigismund I The Old. She couldn’t stand eating the traditional Polish meat and potatoes all the time. So she asked the cooks to make her something that will be at least a little bit similar to the Italian cuisine.

That’s how the Polish lazanki recipe was invented.

For me, łazanki is a taste of childhood. I remember eating this dish when I was in kindergarten or primary school. I loved it then and I love it now.

How Is Lazanki Made?

Lazanki is made by cooking cabbage or sauerkraut in a pan. This is followed by frying smoked bacon and finely chopped onions. Square pasta is then cooked and these ingredients are mixed with it. Salt and pepper are added for seasoning and it is served!

pasta boiling in a pot.
Boil the pasta
Fried cabbage and bacon in a white plate.
Fried cabbage with onions and bacon
Lazanki in a black bowl.
Lazanki is made from sauerkraut, bacon and sqaure pasta

Is It A Haluski Recipe Or A Lazanki Recipe?

It’s both! It’s probably the most confusing Polish dish. I mean, the dish is really easy to make. However, there is a problem with its name.

In Poland, everyone calls it łazanki. But if you go across the sea to America, it’s called ‘haluski’ or ‘halushki’.

Poles living in Poland have no idea what ‘haluski’ is, while Polish Americans don’t know the name ‘łazanki’. So… we tried to find the reason why the name of the dish changed, and here’s a possible answer.

When the Poles first reached the US, they lived in communities alongside Slovakians, Czechians, and many other cultures. And somehow with the intermingling of cultures, they started using the word ‘haluski’ which is the Slovak name for lazanki.

Of course, there’s no conclusive evidence to prove or disprove this. If you know more of this history, comment and let me know!

The dish also changed a bit in its new home in America. Instead of the square noodles used to make lazanki in Poland, you’ll find the haluski recipe made by Polish Americans uses wavy egg noodles.

Lazanki pasta in a black bowl.
Interesting to know: Lazanki is known as haluski in the US

Tips For Making Polish Haluski Recipe

  • You can increase or decrease the quantity of meat or cabbage or sauerkraut to suit your taste. 
  • If you use fresh cabbage, the haluski will be sweeter. If you use sauerkraut, it will be tangier. 
  • You can add pepper powder or paprika to make it spicier.
  • For added flavor, cook the lazanki in lard or butter after you’ve mixed everything together. 
  • You can replace the bacon with sausages or ham, but the taste will change a bit. It’s best to use bacon!
  • Serve with a side of crunchy bread!
  • You might also like my Polish pasta with sausage recipe.

FAQs About Making Authentic Polish Lazanki

Can I Use This Dish As Meal Prep?

Yes, you can prepare the cabbage and bacon and store them in the fridge. You just need to cook the pasta and put it together at the last minute to make the haluski. 

What If I Cannot Find Square Noodles?

If you cannot find square noodles, you can use extra-wide egg noodles or malfalda. You can also try to use lasagna cut into smaller squares.  

Or you can make the lazanki from scratch at home. These square pasta noodles were traditionally always made at home. 

Square pasta.
Square pasta is called lazanki

Do I Have To Use Bacon?

No, you don’t have to use bacon. You can make this recipe with cooked ground beef, kielbasa sausages, or mushrooms too.

Is Haluski The Same As Halusky?

No, haluski is a Polish or Slovakian dish made with cabbage, meat, and onions. On the other hand, halusky is a Slovakian, Czech or generally Eastern European dish made with dumplings made of flour and potatoes like kopytka. These dumplings are then cooked with cheese, bacon, and bacon fat.  

Is It Possible To Make Lazanki Vegan?

To make the lazanki vegan, replace the bacon or sausages with diced mushrooms, fried tofu, or boiled potatoes. Also, make sure you use pasta or noodles that don’t contain eggs. 

Authentic Polish Lazanki Recipe

Polish Łazanki Recipe - Pasta With Cabbage That Tastes Like Poland!

Polish Łazanki Recipe - Pasta With Cabbage That Tastes Like Poland!

A popular Polish cabbage and noodles dish, this lazanki recipe consisting of square noodles, cabbage, and bacon is heartwarming and wholesome! Make it anytime for a quick and filling Polish dinner!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cabbage or 3 cups of sauerkraut
  • 1 lb of smoked bacon
  • 2 big onions
  • 2 cups of uncooked square pasta (lazanki pasta)
  • pepper
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Wash, and finely chop the cabbage (be sure to throw away the core).
  2. Add a bit of water and cook the cabbage until soft. If you use sauerkraut, rinse it first, and cook it too.
  3. When the cabbage is soft, drain it off.
  4. Chop the smoked bacon, finely chop the onions and fry it together until it's caramelized and soft.
  5. Mix the cabbage, bacon, and onions together.
  6. Cook the pasta separately.
  7. Mix everything together and season with salt and pepper.

Notes

  1. You can add less bacon and more sausage (kielbasa) if you want.
  2. If you don't have smoked bacon, you can use a regular one.

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