Varză călită – Romanian stewed cabbage, sweet version

The Romanian stewed cabbage is the most basic, delicious and encountered dish in any kitchen in Romanian villages. It can be done with both raw or pickled cabbage, can be with or without meat, served with bread or polenta. All the versions are delicious!

Not a food to be recommended against flatulence (…), but a food to recommend if you want something fast, delicious and ridiculously cheap!

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Portions: 4 (0.57 eur/portion)
Cooking time: 30 min
Difficulty: easy


  • 1 medium cabbage (2 eur)
  • 1 big onion (0.1 eur)
  • oil for sauteing the onion
  • 1 tsp of sweet paprika
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce (0.1 eur)
  • salt and pepper
  • dill (fresh or dry)
  • sausages and polenta (optional)


  1. Saute the onion until golden in a pot with a bit of sunflower oil.
  2. Add the paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the cut cabbage and saute for 2-3 min while mixing.
  4. Pour in 1 cup of water and simmer on medium fire until the water warms up.
  5. Cover the pot and simmer on medium fire for 20-25 min until the cabbage softens. Mix from time to time.
  6. Taste if it needs more salt.
  7. Add the tomato sauce and dill.
  8. At this point you can add the cooked sausages, if you choose to have any.
  9. Serve hot with warm polenta or bread.

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