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Cabbage and Potatoes with Parmesan

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This simple side dish of cabbage and potatoes with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese has been a favorite in my family for decades. It is a great savory side dish that even people who think they don’t like cabbage enjoy. The Parmesan cheese adds a surprising savory twist that makes it extra delicious.


    To start this story, we will need to go to the way back machine.  This may explain a lot.😉  

It was the early 80s and I was right around 2 years old.  We were living in the Chicago burbs while my dad went to dental school.  

We were getting ready to come to central Illinois for a weekend visit with grandma and grandpa.  So, I was on the phone with grandma getting the details in order.

   “What would you like to eat while you are here?”  Grandma asked.  With a little prompting in the background, I responded with “lobster!”  Oh boy!

 Grandma asked “what else?”  I told her pot roast.  But it didn’t stop there.

 I proceeded to tell her step by step how to make the pot roast.  If only I still had that recipe to share!

    That brings us to a few years later when we were sitting in grandma’s family room.  I don’t remember the exact circumstances that got us going on it, but we started throwing ingredients back and forth for a recipe.

 I think the original “recipe” included bananas, but luckily they were dropped before the first test run.  Surprisingly enough, our little game resulted in a pretty tasty little side dish.  

My grandma and mom have been making it ever since and both always call it Carlee’s Cabbage. It’s my greatest claim to fame!

Large saute pan filled will steamy cabbage and potatoes.

The secret ingredient is Parmesan cheese.  If you haven’t had Parmesan on your cabbage, you are missing out.  It sounds a little strange, but they really go well together.

bowl of cooked cabbage with slices of potatoes in it, ready to eat.
Yield: 6 Servings

Carlee's Cabbage With Potatoes and Parmesan

plate with ham and sautéed cabbage with potatoes.

This simple side dish of cabbage and potatoes with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese has been a favorite in my family for decades.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 head cabbage, cut to approximately 1 x 1″ pieces
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cavender’s seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter.  Add the onions and potatoes.  Cook until the onions start to soften and potatoes start to brown.
  2. Throw in the cabbage, stock and spices.  Cover and cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove cover and cook until liquid is basically gone
  4. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 633mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 6g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This simple side dish of cabbage and potatoes with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese has been a favorite in my family for decades.

Thanks for sharing!


Wednesday 22nd of March 2017

Thank you!


Monday 13th of March 2017

Hi Carlee, I would never have thought to put Parmesan cheese with cabbage, but why not? I am going to have to give this a try, I may even have some Greek herbs and spices in the kitchen.



Wednesday 15th of March 2017

It seems like such a strange combination, but I really love it when it comes together. You'll have to let me know what you think!

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Sunday 12th of March 2017

I have never had parmesan on my cabbage, but I can promise you I am going to try it!!


Wednesday 15th of March 2017

It seems like a strange combination, but a little garlic and parmesan is so good on cabbage!


Sunday 12th of March 2017

So what is Cavender's seasoning ? I've never heard of it... is there something I can replace it with ?? Thanks


Sunday 12th of March 2017

It's Greek Seasoning mix that my family is obsessed with. I'll throw a picture at the bottom of the post in case you're interested. But it is pepper, garlic, oregano etc.


Sunday 12th of March 2017

Awww. That is so good! And this Jas from All That Jas must know you well. 😊


Sunday 12th of March 2017

Ha, wasn't that funny?

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