Irish Supper

Friday 7 February 2014

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I don't know about you, but I find that it's getting harder and harder to stretch my food budget these days.  Food just seems to be costing more and more and sizes are getting smaller.  (Don't get me started on that scam!!) I am always looking for ways to make a little bit go further, but at the same time keeping things to the same standard of deliciousness and nutritiousness that we are used to.

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Pasta is a great meal stretcher.  I know it's not Todd's favourite thing to eat, but he does like the idea of saving money, and so he tolerates it.  Myself . . . I adore pasta, and so these types of meals are my absolute favourites!

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Meals which take a little bit of protein, some vegetable and some pasta, combined in a tasteful way.   Simple recipes which make good use of simple ingredients in a delicious way.

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I have no idea why this is called Irish Supper.  I am not even sure if this is actually Irish!  Certainly there would be cabbages and sausages in Ireland, but the pasta noodles?   Well, I am not too sure about that!!

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What I know for sure it that it makes a little bit of meat go a very long way and that it is delicious.  Two things that are positives!  I do hope you will try it and that you will enjoy it as much as I do!

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You want to use a good quality sausage with this.  Not those cheap and nasty ones that are all filler and fat.  You get what you pay for.  Paying a tiny bit more and using a good quality sausage makes sense as you won't be pouring half of it away and they'll also taste a lot better!  Choose a nicely flavoured one!  I am partial to a peppery Cumberland myself!

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*Irish Supper*
Serves 4 to 6
I don't know if this is Irish, I only know it's economical, easy and very delicious!

1 pound of wide egg type of noodles, uncooked (I used some German ones I found in Aldi,
but you could use any type, so long as they are wide and flat)
1 pound good quality, well flavoured sausage meat, crumbled
1 small head of white cabbage, cored and finely shredded with a sharp knife
salt and black pepper to taste
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1 tsp sugar
a knob of butter
finely grated cheese to serve

Crumble your sausage into a large skillet.  Cook over medium high heat until it is browned.  I use a potato masher to mash it up as it is browning.  This helps to break it up all crumbly like.  Once the sausage is browned add the cabbage.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme leaves.   Cook, stirring until it begins to wilt.  Turn the heat to low and cover with a lid.  Cook for about 5 minutes.

While the cabbage is cooking, cook your noodles according to the package directions in a pot of lightly salted water.   At the end of five minutes remove the lid to skillet and turn up the heat and cook stirring, until the cabbage begins to brown a little.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Turn out the heat and drain the noodles well.  Toss the drained noodles into the skillet along with a knob of butter.   Toss to combine.  Serve immediately without or without cheese as desired to your grateful family which will be sitting at the table drooling in anticipation.

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Do you think they might approve??  I like to think they would . . . to be sure, to be sure . . .


  1. This looks delicious! Love the cabbage, how interesting.

  2. Thanks Colette. It was very tasty!

  3. It's not just you, Marie, as I am also finding it a challenge to stretch my food budget. I try to buy seasonal and look for specials but it's not easy. And yes, that scam of downsizing the packet size but charging the same is a pet peeve of mine. Do they think we don't notice?

    This sounds lovely. I wonder what the Irish would make of a pasta dish (my friend's Irish mum tried to make an Italian guest feel welcome by serving spaghetti - right on the plate next to the roast lamb, potatoes and carrots as she had no idea what to do with it.)

    Cabbage and root veggies are good buys here at the moment, so I've stocked up. I found some nice cabbage recipes on NY Times recipes. The soup is really lovely, so I'm inspired to try the others as well.

  4. Pasta to us is always a treat:)

    We went to our friend's home for dinner sat and pasta was the main dish..with a wonderful home made sauce:)
    It's funny I've never thought of it as a meal stretcher..just a treat..:)

  5. This looks delicious! I make something similar, Jager Kohl, that was one of my mom's favorites growing up in Germany. It is the same except instead of pasta, we use potatoes. It is very delicious too! I'll have to try it like this!


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