Savoy Cabbage with Brown Butter and Taleggio Cheese

Updated February 23, 2016

Sometimes when I’m making pasta with vegetables, the vegetables themselves are so enjoyable that I want to eat them without the noodles. One such dish is a gratin of buckwheat noodles with cabbage and potatoes seasoned with brown butter and creamy Taleggio cheese. Though perfectly matched with the earthy buckwheat noodles, the cabbage and potatoes are also absolutely wonderful on their own and are substantial enough to make a hearty one-dish meal, washed down with a glass of Chianti. Taleggio cheese may be difficult to find. If it isn’t available, use another cheese in its place, like Fontina, Bel Paese, mozzarella or a mixture of the three. This dish can be assembled earlier in the day and then finished in the oven or it can be made completely on the stove, the potatoes added after the cabbage is cooked and the cheese shredded and tossed in at the end.

To Brown Butter: Clarify the butter as described above; then return it to the pan and continue to heat it. More foam will rise to the surface, and the butter will begin to sound as if it’s frying. Skim off the foam so that you can see the butter. When it turns golden brown, remove it from the heat and decant right away; it will continue to darken if it sits in the pan. Store it in a tightly covered jar. Refrigerated, it will keep more or less indefinitely.

Makes4 to 6 servings

Cooking Methodbaking, sauteeing



Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionBuffet, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationvegetarian

Equipmentbaking/gratin dish

Five Ingredients or LessYes


Taste and Texturebuttery, cheesy, savory

Type of Dishvegetable


  • 4 to 6 tablespoons brown butter (see Notes)
  • 1 pound red-skinned or yellow-fleshed potatoes
  • Salt
  • 6 fresh sage leaves, chopped or ½ teaspoon dried
  • 3 large leeks, white parts only, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 or 2 pinches of red pepper flakes
  • 1½ to 2 pounds savoy or regular green cabbage, quartered and shredded into ½-inch strips
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ pound Taleggio, Bel Paese or fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced


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