Sauteed Cabbage and Bread (Bonard)

IMG_7698  IMG_7683IMG_7687IMG_7693IMG_7694  “An old-world, fast, and delicious Italian vegetable side dish recipe that is just sautéed cabbage and bread was called Bonard in my family, and that is purely the phonetic spelling.  I cannot find it anywhere sounding like this or made like this.  It was the only way my older relatives could think how it is spelled. There are other somewhat similar recipes called southern fried cabbage and bacon, fried cabbage and beans, sautéed cabbage and apples, but none like my family made it. It could have been something my great-grandmother just developed herself!  She came from Italy in the late 1800’s and from what I hear was a great cook.  Last month, while visiting my 92 year-old Uncle Billy in Rhode Island, he talked about how he had been yearning for this and one day, just whipped it together.   I came home to New York anxious to make it since I hadn’t had it in years.  If you are adventuresome and are looking for something totally different with cabbage, give this a try.  It is so good!  One serving is only 79 calories or 2 Weight Watcher points.    Enjoy!”

Servings:  4    Makes:  2 cups


 2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups cabbage, cut into small pieces

2 cups  bread cubes

1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 cup water, total  


1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute oil, garlic, and ground black pepper for a minute.
2. Add the cabbage and one-third cup of water and ½ teaspoon of the salt and saute for two more minutes.
3. Add the bread cubes, one-third cup of water, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt  and saute one minute together.
4. Add the last one-third cup of water and saute it all together for a few minutes until the water has been absorbed.
5. Serve hot.

Nutritional Information:    Sauteed Cabbage and Bread (Bonard)

Amount Per Serving:  1/2 cup
Calories: 79
Calories from Fat: 60

* % Daily Value *
* Total Fat 7g 11%
* Saturated Fat 1g 3%
* Cholesterol 0mg 0%
* Sodium 621mg 26%
* Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
* Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
* Protein 1g 2%
* Sugars 0g
* Vitamin A 2%
* Vitamin C 72%
* Calcium 4%
* Iron 2%

* * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.




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4 replies

  1. My Mom made this sautéed cabbage when I was growing up in Barrington R.I. I still make it today & I love it My children love it to

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    • Ah!! I found someone who makes it, from my hometown even! Isn’t it delcious! Did she sautee with the bread also? Thanks for leaving a comment! 🙂 I still can’t find the spelling or correct Italian word for what they called it .

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  2. aha! You noticed! Still love it! 🙂


  3. Is that my cutting board I made you in 8th grade? Lol

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