One-Pot Butternut & Cabbage Stew


Hi, this is David! Luise will soon tell you about this recipe of hers and we also have a little quick video of it, but I just wanted to mention one thing before we get all warm and cosy. If you are reading this on a Safari browser, our typography has probably turned all bold and ugly on you. I am so sorry about that! It really hurts my design eyes to see our site like this. During our six years of blogging, we have never changed the design of this blog. We have always loved the design and felt like it has become part of our blogs identity, but the theme that we built our site on has been outdated for a very long time and we have managed to keep it alive with band-aids and chewing gum. However, I am not sure if we can keep this design much longer; the typography is acting like a confused teenager, the site loads slowly, is not very mobile or printer friendly and my web skills can’t seem to fix all this. So bare with us while we are figuring out how this blog should transform into a more user friendly version. It will probably look ugly for a while but change is on its way! (PS! We are looking for a super-talented and design minded web wizard. Email me at: Over to you Luise!


The first morning frost has arrived and Stockholm has turned into a beautiful multi coloured autumn city. It is cold and sunny but daylight hours are quickly slipping away. The shorter days mean more time inside with warming teas, candle lights and large batches of slow-cooking food with hearty flavors, nourishing ingredients and lots of herbs.

This dish embraces autumn ingredients like butternut pumpkin, cabbage and apples, and the combination of rice and beans gives you a complete source of protein. If you live in a different climate or time-zone, you can combine any kind of grains and legumes with whatever vegetables the season is offering.

Comforting one-pot meals are cheap, no fuss-family dinners that often last for a couple of days. Not to mention how easy they are. With only one-pot simmering on the stove, you both save dishes and don’t have to focus on keeping track of several pots with different cooking times. If you soak the grains and beans in the morning, you’re set to cook everything for dinner. Apart from the general health aspects of pre-soaking grains, I have found that it’s extra important in one-pot meals, since the rice don’t dilute the colour of the stew as much when it is pre-soaked.

We also created this little one-minute video to show how easily this dish is assembled. Hope you like it. Remember to subscribe to our youtube channel for more recipe videos.


One-Pot Pumpkin, Cabbage & Rice Stew
Serves 4–6

We have kept the flavours quite simple in this stew and instead add extra herbs and diced apple as a fresh twist right before serving it. I imagine mushrooms and tomatoes would be a delicious addition in this stew too. You can also try a bolder choice of spices or other type of grains and legumes. You can even throw in a piece of parmesan rind as it simmers to add a nice umami flavour to the stew (just remember to remove it before serving).

1 large onion
4 garlic cloves
1 tbsp coconut oil, ghee or olive oil
1 butternut squash/pumpkin or hokkaido pumpkin
3 sprigs rosemary, bash them a few times with the end of a knife
1 organic lemon, zest and juice
1 small head of cabbage
1 cup uncooked whole grain rice, pre-soaked
1 cup uncooked black eyed peas, pre-soaked
water to cover, approx. 6 cups / 1 1/2 liter
1 tbsp vegetable bouillon powder (with no added MSG)
3 dried bay leaves
sea salt and pepper, to taste

To serve
plain yogurt of choice (optional)
fresh parsley, chopped
fresh apples, chopped
grated parmesan, optional

In the morning: Place whole grain rice and black eyed peas in two separate bowls, cover with (filtered) water and let soak for 8-12 hours. Then drain and rinse and they are ready to be used in the recipe.

Peel and finely chop onion and garlic. Prepare the pumpkin; peel it, divide it in half and scoop out the seeds. Then chop it into cubes. Heat oil in a large pot, add onion, garlic and rosemary sprigs, let fry for a minute or so, stirring occasionally. Add the cubed pumpkin and lemon zest and stir to combine. Slice the cabbage, discard the stem. Add cabbage, soaked and rinsed whole grain rice and black eyed peas, water, bouillon, bay leaves, salt and pepper to the pot and stir around to combine everything. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil, then lower the heat and let cook for 45-60 minutes. Check every now and then to see if more water is needed and gently stir around. It is ready to serve when the rice and peas are very tender. Serve in bowls with a dollop of yogurt, fresh parsley and chopped apples.


  • since you guys said that the website act weird on safari, I tried to read this post there. But it's actually perfect for me, and the only problem I see it's on Chrome. Not even on Firefox, chrome. It's a minor thing, just a few more space between words here and there. Nothing weird :) But I know how does it feel to have the same blog design for years, and actually trying to keep it alive with all of your capabilities (which, in my case, are none). i'm switching to Cargo, it's easier to use and user friendly, lots of designers/illustrators/photographers are using it right now, and I'm jumping on board too.
  • What a lovely warming recipe for a cold day, this time of year is such an adjustment and a stew like that, ready when we get back from a walk, would go down SO well! I love that you're using cabbage too, such a wonderful and under-rated vegetable, cheap and nutritious :)
  • Luise, what a beautiful stew, 'love the addition of chopped apples - visually and texture wise :) And David, no worries, your site is loading just fine. Awesome video as well!
  • Jeanette D'Amico
    Hello, Could you please let me know an easy way to print your recipes. I just printed your luscious One-Pot Butternut And Cabbage Stew, and it printed many pages some of which I didn't need. All I wanted was the recipe itself and not the pictures, etc. Need help. I have your book and think it beautiful. Thank you for the many healthy recipes. Peace and blessings, Jeanette
  • I love the flavor combinations in this dish! And David, I am using Safari and your site looks beautiful. No strange typography or bold lettering. Everything loads perfectly and looks great. Sorry for all of the troubles you are experiencing. I know how frustrating it can be!
  • Diandra
    Wonderful recipe, will definately make this! Just one quick question, what type of pot do you use (both brand and size)? Thank you!
  • Yum! This looks and sounds so delicious. I love that this is a one-pot dish- my favorite! xx Sydney
  • lovely! looking forward to making this. as for the web, try out squarespace, its very user friendly, well designed formats with lots of features. you can also code for any extra features you would like. best wishes. love your food!
  • birgit
    this recipe looks delicious and will become my choice at weekend i love it lg birgit
  • I saw the YouTube video for this recipe and it was so well-filmed and edited! Your photography and filmmaking style is so beautiful and simple! I have to say--you're one of my favorite blogs ever! This pumpkin stew looks incredibly delicious and healthy! I have to try it with some sweet potato, tomatoes and broccoli!
  • Becky
    Your blog displays beautifully on my computer. One thing I wish you would add though is a print button for printing out your recipes. this one looks divine and I have all ingredients so am trying this recipe tomorrow.
  • Absolutely, totally, utterly in love with this recipe :)
  • Hello David + Luise, I absolutely love your recipes and your incorporation of video. My boys love them too! Quick comment here: At the end of this video an advertisement for Famous Dave's "Award Winning BBQ" popped up on my screen. I have no idea if that is something you are able to control (might just be targeting advertisements from YouTube), but factory farmed meat (which is repulsing and revolting to me) seems like a very odd pairing considering your philosophy and incorporation of healthful, seasonal and vegetarian ingredients. I'm working on blocking those sorts of promotions. Just an FYI. Be well! Your blog posts are a bright spot on the internet!
  • Katrien
    Looks very nice. Looking forward making it. Louise, what are you doing with the rosemary in the video? Crushing it? I never did that befor? Does it brings out the flavours? I will try it in the recipe. Thanks and good luck with updating the back-end.
  • Such a lovely dish for this time of the year and awesome video guys. Thanks as always for sharing.
  • sarah
    Do you think one could make this in a crockpot? After soaking the rice, just place everything in a crockpot set to low in the morning and leave for the day?
  • Yum, yum, and yum. I love one pot stews for weather like this, and I love the idea of putting pumpkin, cabbage, and apples all together.
  • Beautiful!!! Can't wait to try this. I love the colors, they're perfect for fall. -sara
  • I've never combined butternut with cabbage, but it sounds wonderful! What a wonderful stew to start off this Fall. Good luck on the web design -- your site has always been so beautiful and user-friendly.
  • Beautiful pot of wintry stew!! Great combo of ingredients! I can recommend Lindsay at Purr Design for web design. She's really great to work with!!
  • I love how you take everyday ingredients and transform them into something beautiful. This stew looks so hearty and warming for fall.
  • We had the first frost here in Germany yesterday - and the prospect of having a warm bowl of stew after a long day at uni is kind of what keeps me going. Never tried a pumpkin cabbage combo though ;-) well I guess it's time! Hope you get the website problems fixed soon - it's so annoying if it seems right in the code but won't work for whatever reason.. fingers crossed!
  • This is exactly what I have in my kitchen right now, ingredient-wise, though I also have brussel sprout tops that I've been wondering what I'm going to do with... now I know!
  • Sasha
    Wow, this looks fantastic! Just the thing to use the last of the pumpkins as we head into spring into New Zealand. I had to giggle at your cute colder-climate mini-cabbage - I've never seen one that small! I must remember to adjust the recipe for our humungous New Zealand cabbages:).
  • Denise Watson
    That looks sooooo good, and so easy!!! Thank you for sharing! Love your videos and books and website, keep up the awesome work!! ?
  • looks amazing and your videos are stunning too!!
  • Such a delicious recipe! Since it is getting cold in Northern Germany too, I am totally into pumpkin stews and soups lately. Adding cabbage and rice is such a great idea :)
    This looks so good and warming,and it's also a perfect dish for the slowcooker.I will make this over the weekend,easy,good comfortfood,thxs!
    • Alison
      Hi Anneke--I'd love to read your thoughts on how to translate this to slow-cooker. I finally got one, and I'm always looking for good vegetarian recipes to use in it!
  • This looks absolutely delicious! I'm going to pull out my beans and rice and pick up a butternut squash! x
  • It's getting cold in Amsterdam too! This looks so warming, so comforting! Love the video as well. Soaking my rice & beans before I go to university! Thank you for the recipe! So sorry to hear about your website design, hope you find one you love just as much!

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