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Cabbage Sausage Supper

Everyone is surprised at how this flavorful cabbage and smoked sausage recipe calls for just a few ingredients. I usually complete my family's favorite slow cooker meal with a no-bake fruit dessert. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 pounds smoked sausage, halved and cut into 3/4-inch slices
  • 1 large onion, cut into eighths
  • 1 medium head cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pound carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes


  • In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until sausage is lightly browned and onion is tender; drain. Add the cabbage and water. Cover and cook on low for 10 minutes. Stir in the carrots and potatoes. Cover and cook for 25-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Cabbage Sausage Supper Tips

Where should you store cabbage?

You should store cabbage in the refrigerator. Trim the stem and remove any loose or discolored leaves. Wrap a damp paper towel around the cabbage, and place it in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer.

Is slightly pink sausage OK to eat?

Sausages such as smoked sausage or kielbasa are pre-cooked prior to packaging and are safe to eat with some pink color. Sauteing or cooking the sausage provides browning and flavor. On the other hand, bulk crumbled sausage should always be cooked until no pink remains.

What can you use instead of potatoes?

Instead of potatoes, try using sweet potatoes for a colorful alternative. You can also try any other hearty root vegetables such as turnips, parsnips or rutabaga. Experiment with substituting butternut or acorn squash or even cauliflower! Check out other recipes calling for cabbage, like noodle bowls, coleslaw and shepherd’s pie. Research contributed by Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 190 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 675mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 13g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat.

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  • Brenda
    Oct 3, 2020

    This was a good hearty supper but it took at least 25 minutes longer to cook. I think next time I'll give the potatoes and carrots a few minutes in the microwave to get them started.

  • Charles
    Oct 1, 2020

    One of our favorites. I add red and green peppers for color and flavor. Add a bit more beef broth and you have a great soup.

  • tekla92
    Sep 30, 2020

    I use egg noodles instead of potatoes. It's a good substitute. Love it.

  • eileen344
    Sep 29, 2020

    No comment left

  • Patricia
    Sep 29, 2020

    I have been making this for 40 years. I add a green pepper into for extra flavor. Easy and cheap.

  • Martha
    May 1, 2020

    I really wasn't sure about this one because I don't like smoked sausage and am just so-so about cabbage. However, because it had excellent reviews, I decided to make it for my husband. Unbelievably, I REALLY, REALLY liked it! My husband loved it, and it made enough for left-overs. I used small unpeeled Red Bliss potatoes, and followed the advice of other reviewers and increased the amount of liquid to 1 cup water plus 1/4 cup of beer. I added a dash of caraway seeds, a little salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper and cooked it for an hour. I'll definitely be making this again-easy and tasty.

  • bonniekenk
    Apr 2, 2020

    I thought this would be good but I never dreamed it would be THIS good. Perfect for my ethnicity. Brought back fond childhood memories of cabbage and kielbasa. I wasn't able to find kielbasa thanks to the pandemic but I did find some cheap polish smoked sausage that resembled hot dogs. Was worried but they turned out pretty good even though. I did follow someone's advice and cook the potatoes and carrots a small amount of time before adding to the rest. And I also used small unpeeled red potatoes. Highly recommend.

  • s_pants
    Nov 13, 2019

    Loved the simplicity and taste of the meal. I used turkey kielbasa and next time I would not chop the cabbage as small. Perfect for a cold fall or winter supper!

  • angela32
    Jan 15, 2019

    This is a wonderful one dish meal. I used bone broth in place of water and add some spices at the end, as it needed a little more zip for our taste. Will make again, delicious and I loved having it all in one pan. Made for easy clean up!

  • barbsbasic
    Jan 11, 2019

    The best kind of sausage to make this with his kielbasa. Follow the directions exactly and you won't have a problem with flavor or need to add anything. Make sure you use a big Dutch oven. although the cabbage does shrink down and takes up a lot of space initially. Sometimes I pre-cook the potatoes and the carrots just to get it to pre soften stage so it cooks faster. Buon appetito!