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  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Serves 2
  • 20 mins cook

Creamy cheese and cabbage pasta

Cabbage and cheese penne

This Nici Wickes' pasta recipe features equal amounts of pasta and cabbage bound in an easy cheese sauce - making this dish an instant success. It’s rich and satisfying


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, shredded
  • 2 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 1/2 cup parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 cup cheddar, grated
  • 2 cups cooked gluten-free penne
  • 1/4 cup cream, optional
  • small handful flat-leafed parsley, chopped
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • extra olive oil, to drizzle


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and sauté the onion until cooked. Add the cabbage, scrunching it in your hands as you put it in the pan, and cook until just soft – 2-3 minutes. Add the crème fraîche, cheeses and cooked pasta, then stir. Heat through until the cheese has melted and the pasta is hot. Add the cream if it needs loosening.
  2. Garnish with parsley, lemon juice and a splash of olive oil.
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