Seven minute recipe: vegetarian cabbage carbonara 


Tonight all I ate was a big bowl of cabbage. And I loved it.

Red cabbage carbonara where have you been all my life.

There appear to be hundreds of cabbage carbonara recipes in the low-carb blogosphere. Here and here are the two recipes I used for inspiration. But there’s very little overlap between the low-carb (mostly meat-heavy) blogosphere and vegetarian blogosphere, so I’d never seen this done. 

Necessity is the mother of invention. I thought I’d invented something new when all I had in my fridge tonight were eggs and a 1/4 of a cabbage. It appears the low-carb world has me beat by several years. But I’m claiming the (genius) idea of making this recipe vegetarian, through the amazingly inventive modification of eliminating the bacon.

I love the taste of cabbage and the creamy yolk made sure that the Parmesan and pepper clung to each strip, making every bite tasty. I never felt like I was eating a bowl of cabbage and I didn’t feel the dish was missing anything. However, you could easily add some tofu bacon pieces or some fried shallots for crunch if you wanted.


This recipe was so simple and the time to make it was well under my seven-minute time frame, even stopping to take the occasional picture.

Vegetarian cabbage carbonara

  • Servings: One main or two sides
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  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Add the caraway seed and a splash of oil to a frypan
  2. Chop the cabbage into finely shredded pieces and add to frypan with a pinch of salt.  Cook until the cabbage is tender – this will be when it starts to sweat and get all shiny
  3. While the cabbage is cooking, separate an egg yolk
  4. Remove the cabbage from the frypan and add to mixing bowl (it’s important to remove the cabbage from the frypan before adding the yolk or it will be too hot and you’ll end up with scrambled egg)
  5. Stir the egg yolk through the cabbage, add the Parmesan cheese and pepper
  6. Serve and eat immediately

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