HALUSHKI (cabbage, onions and dumplings) #RECIPE

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This recipe is older than I am.  

It is from the “church cookbook” from the Russian Orthodox Church I used to go to as a child.  The church itself is a cathedral and is breathtakingly beautiful.  (I will add a picture to the bottom of this post).

The cookbook itself, the American Carpatho-Russian Cookbook, was first published in 1968.  

It has been republished several times throughout the years, and thank goodness I have two so I can pass one on to each of my daughters. In fact, one doesn’t even have a cover any more, and I will add pictures at the bottom of this post.

This recipe is so simple and easy.  ANY TIME I make anything with cabbage and have a bit left over I whip up a bit of “halushki”.

Halushki with Cabbage
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 1 head cabbage
  2. 2 onions
  3. 1/2 stick butter
  1. 1 egg
  2. 1 c. flour
  3. 2 T. water
  4. pinch of salt
  1. 1. Slice the onions and cut up the cabbage in the same fashion.
  2. 2. Melt butter in skillet. Add cut up onions and cabbage. Cook over medium heat for approximately 30 minutes, or until browned. Add to dumplings.
  1. 1. Mix flour, eggs, salt and water. Beat well until you have a medium type dough.
  2. 2. Place dough on a plate and drop by spoonfuls into a pot of boiling salted water. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
  3. 3. Strain and rinse with cold water.
  4. Place in pot and pour cabbage mixture over top. Mix well. Enjoy.
Adapted from American Carpatho-Russian Cookbook
Adapted from American Carpatho-Russian Cookbook
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This is Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown, PA.  

(Tim and I also got married here May 6, 1989)!!

Christ The Savior




  1. I just printed this out and looking forward to trying it.

  2. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do ~ You will also want to salt and pepper to taste. My mom adds it to the cabbage and onions, but I like adding it to my individual serving instead.

  3. I can’t wait to try this. I am forever making fried cabbage but this sounds so good. Going to try to add a little bacon to the dumplings too 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  4. I LOVE the idea of adding bacon Laura. Let me know how that turns out. One of these days I will be as fast as the church ladies with dumpling making. You should see how fast they scrape the dough off of the plate into the pot!

  5. Nancy houser says:

    Looks so good can’t wait to try is the cookbook still available to purchace if so could you tell me

  6. Linda Brazill says:

    Hi I am from Johnstown, too. My grandmother taught me how to make halushki , but to us it is more cabbage, less dumplings. Nice to see a pic of Chist the Saviour Church!

  7. Jeannie Cuneo says:

    Patti, what was your maiden name? I grew up in Johnstown and went to Christ the Saviour and got married May 27, 1989 there.

  8. Omg! My Russian mom used to make me halushki chicken soup this same way. I am so happy to have come across your pin! Thank you so much! My mom passed away 5 years ago and I so miss her so much and her cooking. I will have to make this in her honor!

  9. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’m from Johnstown as well! I always loved an older women’s recipe and she told me she used a tool to make her “noodles.” I just went and bought one from conzatti’s and will be making this soon!!!

    • My mom has that same tool Whitney. My husband is taking an overnight trip back there this week, and I just may have him stop by Conzatti’s and pick me one up now that I know where I can get one because you just made me hungry for them. I am sure yours will turn out delicious!

  10. Andrea Brant says:

    Patti, loved seeing this recipe and realizing it is a recipe from Christ the Saviour. My grandparents went to church here and my mother got married at the church as well. Oh how I wish I had a cook book from them-nothing is better than this type of food and especially the coleslaw from Christ the Saviour! Thanks for sharing! Do you have a halupki recipe in that book you could share??

  11. Awesome ~ Thanks so much!!

  12. My pierogi dough recipe is the same ingredients so I’m sure this will work good… plan to make this weekend. Got the cabbage!!

  13. My haluski you turned out great. The dough was perfect and when I was done cooking them I mixed in with the sautéed cabbage and I let them sit for about 10 minutes to absorb the flavors. I would not change a thing thank you very much.

  14. Jessica says:

    Hello! Is it best with real butter or can you use any kind? Thanks!

  15. Anne Watroba says:

    Small world indeed…my husband grew up in Conemaugh, I grew up in Ebensburg. My aunt and uncle , their son Dave owns the fishboat in Johnstown! We were married in Assumption of Blessed Mother in 1979 😊

  16. Looking for stores that sell Polish foods on-line. Can any one help? Some of the places that I have been using have closed. Thanks.

  17. My name is John Latzo, I’m originally from Rankin, Pa just outside Pittsburgh, close to Kennywood. I grew up in an Orthodox Church, St Michael’s in Rankin. I had perohi, for lunch every Friday, when I was a kid, my mom and ladies from church sold them for the church. An easy way to make haluski is to use potato gnocchi instead of making the dumplings, taste the same try it you will be surprised. My wife and I also make stuffed cabbage and perohi.
    I had nut roll for desert tonight.
    Since it’s Easter season “Christos voscrest”.
    Thanks for letting me ramble on.

  18. Eleanor Slanga says:

    We make Halushki for our annual church fare, but we’v never made the dumplings with it. I made this dish and it is hands down out of this world. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  19. I ate this growing up, it was a favorite meal of mine. We called it cabbage and knuckle, but that could have been a family name given to the dish. My recipe is exactly the same as yours. I still make this today, and still love it. All of my children ask for it too. I honestly thought this was just something in my family, I have never found anyone else who makes it! In fact I think I’ll make some for supper tonight!

  20. Eleanor Slanga says:

    This is a great dish and sometimes I add cooked sliced kielbasa.s

  21. I happened on this recipe and was surprised to find that I am not the only person that grew up eating this! My recipe is exactly the same although I usually add enough water to make a sticky dough rather than measure it because I was taught to make it by feel. This was a childhood favorite meal, and I love it to this day!

  22. Cynthia Wile says:

    My Mother made this all the time, unfortunately my Mother passed away at age 83 on Aug. 7, 2018, leaving our hearts broken. It’s ironic I came across this post, as a few months before she passed away she gave me her haluski recipe, her Creamy Rice Pudding recipe, and a recipe for Cheesey Haluski (I’m sure it has a name, but I grew up calling it cheesey haluski). Anyway its the same dumpling recipe (my Moms calls for a dash of baking powder), the difference is their is no cabbage, its fried onions in butter, grated sharp cheese and crisp fried bacon added to the warm dumplings…its a cheesey, buttery, bacony, mouth watering, heart attack awaiting delicious Lithuanian/Polish dish!!!!!

  23. Cheryl Anderson says:

    Thank you! I am of Ukrainian descent, and my mom would make this all the time! Thank you for bringing back a part of my childhood!

  24. Naomi K Pockell says:

    I am Slovak, and literally, until I saw this, had no idea theat other than Hungarian/Slovaks ate this. It’s one of my comfort foods.

  25. Diane Miller says:

    The halushki recipe I have is similar and found in a cookbook from Croatian church I attended growing up in Ambridge PA. The condition of my mom’s Croatian cookbook however is the same! God bless those church ladies and their wonderful recipes!


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