Split Peas and Cabbage Kapusta z Grochem

Split peas and cabbage recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 90 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
362 Calories
19g Fat
27g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 362
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 938mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 11g 40%
Protein 22g
Calcium 149mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Split peas and cabbage, or kapusta z grochem (kah-POOSS-tah zih GRROH-hem) in Polish, is a traditional side dish at wigilia, the Christmas Eve dinner also known as the Star Supper.

Fresh shredded cabbage, sauerkraut, and a purée of cooked yellow split peas are combined to make this thick, slightly tangy dish.

While wigilia is a meatless meal, this dish, which is as much a starch as a vegetable, also can be served with a garnish of pork cracklings known as skwarki or fried bacon if you're not fasting.


  • 1 pound dried yellow split peas (rinsed and drained)
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 small head cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 quart sauerkraut (undrained or drained, if desired, reserving some of the kraut juice)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 pound bacon (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for split peas and cabbage
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  2. Combine peas and boiling water in a small saucepan.

    Combine peas
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  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and continue boiling 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let soak 30 minutes.

    Bring to a boil
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  4. Bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook 20 minutes, or until cooked down into a purée, adding more water if necessary. Remove from heat and set aside.

    Bring to a boil
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  5. Meanwhile, in a large pot or Dutch oven, place shredded cabbage, sauerkraut, and 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook 1 hour.

    Place cabbage in dutch oven
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  6. While cabbage is cooking, sauté onion in butter until golden brown, but not burned. Set aside.

    Saute onion in butter
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  7. Add cooked peas to cabbage mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add some kraut juice or vegetable broth if too dry.

    Add cooked peas
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  8. Add sautéed onions and mix well. Heat until warm throughout.

    Add sauteed onions
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  9. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve split peas and cabbage
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Recipe Variation

  • Optionally, sauté onion with chopped bacon, omitting the butter, until bacon is cooked through, but not crispy. Add to cabbage with cooked peas.