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This simple side dish of sauteed 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 like in spite of themselves. The Parmesan cheese adds a surprising layer of flavor that makes it extra delicious.

Looking down on white serving bowl filled with cooked cabbage and potatoes topped with Parmesan cheese and black pepper.

Cooked cabbage and potatoes is a simple side dish that goes perfectly with chicken or pork. We love it with ham, grilled meats, and roasts.

Chopped cabbage is cooked with red skinned potatoes, onions, butter, and chicken broth. The liquid is cooked off until what you are left with is soft and flavorful.

Ingredients including cabbage, onion, red potatoes, butter, seasonings, Parmesan cheese, and chicken broth ready to be made into smothered cabbage and potatoes.

We love adding a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. It adds a little bit of richness and a great depth of flavor.

Once you try it, you won’t want to eat your cabbage any other way. This is definitely a favorite in our family and has been for decades.

Why You Will Love Sauteed Cabbage and Potatoes

It is economical and filling. Cabbage and potatoes are both inexpensive, so this is a great way to fill you up without breaking the bank.

You can turn it into a meal if you want. Just add some leftover ham or some sliced kielbasa. The meat will turn this into a hearty meal that is perfect served with skillet cornbread or some corn muffins.

Plate with slices of ham and a big serving of sauteed cabbage with potatoes and Parmesan cheese.

This also makes a great side dish to go with some corned beef. It would be a perfect option if you don’t feel like doing a big batch of corned beef and cabbage.

Carlee’s Cabbage

While this dish is very similar to Southern smothered cabbage, this is a bit different. My grandma and I came up with the recipe when I was quite small.

We were spitballing ingredients, trying to come up with something new to make. The result of that conversation was this recipe with Caveder’s seasoning and a healthy dose of Parmesan at the end.

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

Skillet filled with cooked cabbage and potatoes topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

We all fell in love immediately. My extended family started calling it Carlee’s cabbage, and we had it pretty regularly throughout my childhood.

Now I make it for my family as well. We tend it eat it a lot in the spring and again in the summer when we are getting cabbages from the garden and our CSA.

Serving bowl filled with cooked cabbage and potatoes topped with Parmesan cheese and ground black pepper.

More Great Cabbage Recipes

If you are looking for more tasty ways to work cabbage into your diet, try making Instant Pot cabbage and potatoes with kielbasa. It is an all in one dinner that is super quick and easy to make.

Cheesy cabbage casserole is another fabulous side dish option. If you love cheesy potatoes, this cabbage casserole tastes a lot like it!

cabbage and potatoes with pork chop

Unstuffed cabbage skillet is another fabulous meal. It has the flavors you would expect in stuffed cabbage without all of the effort.

Looking down on white serving bowl filled with cooked cabbage and potatoes topped with Parmesan cheese and black pepper.

Cabbage and Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese

Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Carlee
This simple side dish of cabbage and potatoes with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese has been a favorite in my family for decades.
4.86 from 21 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 small head cabbage
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • teaspoons Cavender’s seasoning
  • ½ teaspoons garlic
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Wash and slice the potatoes into relatively thin slices. Remove the core from the cabbage and cut into pieces about 1 inch x 1 inch.
    2 medium potatoes, 1 small head cabbage
  • Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add diced onion and potatoes. Cook until the onions are translucent and potatoes are mostly cooked through.
    2 Tablespoons butter, 1 cup diced onion
  • Throw in the cabbage, stock and spices.  Cover and cook for about 15 minutes.
    1 cup chicken stock, 1½ teaspoons Cavender’s seasoning, ½ teaspoons garlic
  • Remove the cover and cook until liquid is basically gone
  • Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese.
    ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


If you don't have Cavender's seasoning, you can replace it with 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, and dash or two of onion powder and oregano.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 6gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 633mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Wednesday 8th of May 2024

This is a good and quick dinner to make for the family!


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.