Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage

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Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage

Servings: 4 to 6 servings (If serving 6, use 2 cans corned beef)
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 12 min
Difficulty: Easy

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4   slices bacon
4 tablespoon butter
1   head green cabbage, coarsely chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1   can corned beef





Cook the bacon in large pot over medium heat until almost crisp. Remove the bacon from the pot and set aside. Melt the butter in the pot with the bacon grease. Add the cabbage, stirring well to coat the cabbage in fat. Add about 1/3 cup water, and salt and pepper, to taste. Cover pot with a lid, and cook over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the bacon into small pieces. 

Remove the lid from the pot, and scatter chunks of corned beef and chopped bacon over top of the cabbage. Cover and cook until desired doneness. I personally like a little bit of crunch left to the cabbage. 

Tip: Cabbage is one of those vegetables that naturally contains water in its leaves. Begin by adding just a small amount of water. As cabbage cooks, if it needs more liquid, then add more water. 

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Paula, Miss you so much on tv!You are a great happy fun loving person n I would love to come to see you. Would love to eat some of your cooking! Have a wonderful week end!

By Nancy Morgan on April 05, 2014


Wonderful recipies and always a treat paula. You make cooking fun. God bless you and your family. Merry Christmas! The Smiths

By Tony on December 15, 2013


Flavor was excellent, but a little rich for my taste.

By Anonymous on March 05, 2013


A big fan note first: Paula, Bobby, Jamie, & even Uncle Bubba bring such fresh perspective to old favorites and new recipes that cooking is really fun again. Your website and magazine are my great favorites. My very first exposure to Corned Beef and Cabbage was certainly a family winner. I did modify it a bit by adding chopped onions (as I do when I prepare my Mom's sauerkraut recipe), and I think next time I'll try Alice Gober's addition of beer for a variation. Yummy with cornbread.

By VirginiaGal on March 01, 2013


We love your recipes. You are the best! I am 74 years old and an amature cook. Keep up the great work. I learn more about cooking from you and my wife than anyone else. God Bless and Thanks Bob

By Robert C. Smith on February 21, 2013


I make this all the time, but don't use butter or bacon. Steam the shredded cabbage and a can of corned beef add salt and pepper to taste.Steam until the cabbage is tender. Serve with cornbread. Yummy!

By Carolyn Graham on January 24, 2013


Delicious recipe. Never had it with the bacon and it was great. I did cook some diced up potatoes and added to it. Other than that didn't change a thing. Will be making this recipe again.

By Janine on March 18, 2012



By nancy britt on March 17, 2012


This was so simple, quick, and yummy! My three year old who is normally picky about food that is mixed devoured it. I will definitely be making this more than once a year.

By CLemons427 on March 17, 2012


I love your show and you. Such wonderful recipes. Continue all the good work you do and God Bless Leslie Higgs

By Leslie Higgs on March 16, 2012


Dear Paula i have been cooking out of your cook books for a few years now ,i havent tryed one dish i did,nt like and yes i have diabeties too , but to give up your way of cooking will never happen ,so keep it comeing girlfreind i love you just the way you are..... Betty

By Betty Graves on March 16, 2012


I would like to know a secret to keeping brown sugar soft. Mine always gets hard after it is opened even though I put it in an airtight container. Please help. Thanks Marsha Eaton

By marsha eaton on March 15, 2012


Paula you are a wonderful cook.. I watch you on TV and your so funny i just love you.... you talk about how your family is everything to you, that touched my heart ,as i live for my family .. your the greatest and i love you...Ilove to cook and i make alot of your dishes... Thank you Paula Take care...

By Vinna Judd on March 15, 2012


Where do you find corned beef in a can?

By Kathy P Straughn on March 13, 2012


Hi Paula, I wanted to mention to you that I love your recipes,cookware and TV shows. I have several of your cookbooks and love everything I've cooked from them. I just found out last December that I also have diabetes. I am 64 yrs old and have been unable to loose very much weight. When we first got married, I didn't know anything about the kitchen or how to cook. Our first morning, I put the canned biscuits into the broiler and burned them. They looked like barbecue brickets. I practiced using the Better Homes and Garden cookbook I had gotten at my weding shower & finally learned to cook and have been told it's good...being from Arkansas, I am a Southern cook. I love the sauces, gravy and fried food. Would you please consider cooking for people with diabetes and sharing those recipes. I was told that you have lost 2 dress sizes - congratulations, that's great...I just need to get on the right track and would love your input. Thank you very much...

By Judy Nixon on March 11, 2012


I saw Paula make this on her show a few years ago and made it the next day. It's the best!! My husbands family was from Norway and was a pretty picky eater and he really loved it and so do I.

By Irene Collins on March 08, 2012


Instead of adding water add beer for more flavor. It is fantastic!

By alice gober on March 06, 2012


I'm an Irish girl and I absolutley LOVE corned beef and cabbage and this is the best way I have ever had it! Very good!

By Cyndi Rowe on February 29, 2012


it was wonderful .and im not a very good cook first time trying something like this and i really love it .and my husband said i did a good job ,so i will be trying more recipe.i love watching ya show

By margaret mclain on January 19, 2012


My Mother used to serve this to us growing up over 70 years ago and I contionued the tradition in giving it to my kids as they grew up. They now serve it to their kids. Quick, easy and good. I like to serve this along with hash brown potato cakes,or just plain hash brown potatoes. Makes a quick, complete meal.

By Gene Spencer on January 08, 2012

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