Cabbage and Straw

Cabbage and Straw
  • 4Servings


  • Salt
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 pound fettuccine or pappardelle pasta
  • 1 small head Savoy cabbage (about 1-1/4 pounds)quartered, cored and shredded
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 garlic clovessmashed, skins removed and cloves halved
  • 16 fresh sage leaves, 6 whole and 10 thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese


Bring a large pot of water to a boil; salt it. Add the potatoes and cook for 7 minutes. Add the pasta and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the cabbage and cook for 5 minutes.

While the potatoes and pasta are working, melt the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and whole sage leaves. Cook until the sage is crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the garlic and sage leaves to a small plate.

Add the sliced sage and ground pepper to the skillet; just before draining the potatoes, pasta and cabbage, add 2 ladles of the starchy cooking water.

Drain the potatoes, pasta and cabbage and add to the skillet. Stir it all together, adding the Pecorino Romano as you work to get a cheesy, buttery coating. Adjust the salt and garnish the pasta with the reserved whole sage leaves and garlic.