Browned kielbasa with sauerkraut in a white bowl sitting on a wooden board
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Sausage and Sauerkraut Recipe

Easy dinner recipe made with smoked sausage cooked in sauerkraut and naturally sweetened with apples. Can be cooked on the stovetop or in a crock pot.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, German
Keyword easy dinner idea, kilebasa, Polish Sausage, Sauerkraut cooked with apples and sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 4
Calories 377kcal
Author Beth Mueller



  • 14 to 16 ounces Kielbasa or other smoked sausage sliced into 1/2-inch slice
  • 32 ounces sauerkraut refrigerated or canned
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 slice bacon cut into fine pieces


  • Brown the sausage slices over medium-high heat if desired.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan, slow cooker, or electric skillet and set to low heat.
  • Set heat to low.
  • Cook on low heat, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed to keep 1/4 inch of liquid on the bottom of the cooking vessel, for 2 hours when using the stovetop or electric skillet, 4 hours when using a slow cooker or until most of the apples have melted and the sauerkraut has turned a bit darker.
  • Remove from the heat and serve.
  • Promptly refrigerate any leftovers.


  • Any smoked sausage can be used, kielbasa is my favorite.
  • When using any raw pork product such as bratwurst or pork roast, cook until the meat has an internal temperture of 160ºF.
  • Bacon can be omitted.
  • Sliced apple can be omitted.
  • Add up to 2 tablespoons of brown sugar for a sweeter sauerkraut.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 2377mg | Potassium: 608mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 4mg