Creamy White Cabbage and Beans

A deliciously creamy white cabbage dish that is so much more than just a vegetable side. I will steal the show as the star of the meal!

creamy white cabbage and beans in a serving bowl

This Creamy White Cabbage and Beans recipe is so easy to prepare and cook. You can have it on the table within 15 minutes.

The Humble White Cabbage

The humble white cabbage gets a bad deal or is even avoided totally. Historically it has been associated with peasant food and can even bring up memories of very overcooked mushy school dinners, But this is all about to change.

Large white cabbage

This HUGE white cabbage came into my veg box and the dilemma started, what to do with it? Whilst I am partial to a simple side of steamed cabbage covered in lots of gravy with my Sunday roast, this one was so big it set the challenge of coming up with some different dishes. Therefore cue creamy white cabbage and beans!

Cabbage and Beans

I genuinely love cabbage. It is a regular side dish in this house and we eat it all year round in all its wonderful varieties. However, it needs other ingredients to help give it an extra kick.

Cabbages work really well with other ingredients and in particular tinned beans. The softness and creamy texture of the white beans play against the crispness of the cabbage giving this dish texture and interest. For additional flavour, this recipe uses another couple of other ingredients that also work well with cabbage, onion and creme fraiche.

I love a quick and easy vegetable dish and this didn’t disappoint. Once the minimal prep is done, this will be ready to serve within 10 minutes.

close up of creamy white cabbage and beans

Top Tip

The key with this creamy white cabbage and beans is trying to ensure you maintain this crunchiness of the cabbage by not overcooking it. Therefore to prevent this, I generally steam the cabbage in a little vegetable stock. This method helps to retain nutrients and crunchiness.

What you will need to make Creamy White Cabbage and Beans

  • White onion
    • adds a little extra depth of flavour and the white onion aesthetically works well with the white cabbage.
  • White cabbage
    • Part of the brassica family, it is widely available, inexpensive and full of essential vitamins.
  • White beans
    • I used cannellini and butter beans – a great way of getting extra fibre and protein into your meals
  • Vegetable stock
    • the stock allows the cabbage to be gently steamed, adding extra flavour and maintaining crispness
  • Frozen peas
    • not essential but makes the dish look a little more interesting
  • Crème Fraiche or sour cream
    • Adds to the creaminess of the tinned beans to make a richer sauce

Serving Suggestion

creamy cabbage and white beans with baked fish

Try this side dish with small roast potatoes, and a piece of simple baked fish

Diabetes Note

It can be hard to make vegetables exciting, but here I have really tried to make it the star of the meal, which is the real key to achieving a balanced plate.

This dish is brimming with fibre, essential vitamins and minerals plus has an extra protein kick with the addition of the beans.

The beans make it extra filling and do not have to be carb counted. All we counted was for 1 tbsp of Crème Fraiche, which is only 1g of carbs!

Creamy White Cabbage and Beans

This is more than just a vegetable side and will steal the show by becoming the star of the meal!

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Course: SidesDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 medium white onion, sliced

  • 2 cans 2 cans of white beans, I used cannellini and butter beans

  • 300 ml vegetable stock

  • 500-700 g white cabbage, sliced

  • 100 g frozen peas

  • 3 tbsp crème fraiche or sour cream


  • Fry off a sliced white onion in a little butter until soft.
  • Add in your vegetable stock and white beans with around a quarter of the water. Stir well,
  • Add in your sliced white cabbage, stir again and cook with the lid on for about 5 minutes. Then remove the lid, add the peas and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  • To finish stir in your crème fraiche and season well.

Tips and Notes

  • If you wanted to make this suitable for a vegan diet or reduce the fat content, then simply omit the Crème Fraiche. It’s still delicious!
  • This dish would work well with any type of cabbage
  • Diabetes note – The beans make this dish extra filling and do not have to be carb counted. All we counted for in this dish was 1 tbsp of crème fraiche, which is only 1g of carbs!


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