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Cabbage and Sausage

This Cabbage and Sausage recipe is an easy 30-minute meal that you can make in a single skillet and serve with potatoes or rice! The ingredients are simple and the flavor is amazing!

Cabbage and Sausage in a skillet with slices of carrots and parsley.

Cabbage and Sausage

Nothing beats the simplicity of this Cabbage and Sausage! This is one 30-minute meal that you’ll want to keep in your rotation. I love using Kielbasa for this recipe, (my Polish grandmother would be so proud 😊), but any variety of cased sausage will work beautifully here. 

I love serving this with a side of mashed potatoes. When paired with the smoky meat, cabbage, and carrots, the flavors are similar to that of a boiled dinner. (A New England staple that I grew up with!)

How to Make It

Note: This is an overview. See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Sauté the Kielbasa to brown on each side. Remove and set aside. Add the onions and butter.

A plate of cooked slices of sausage next to a skillet with diced onions and butter.

Add the garlic, then add the chicken broth, mustard, brown sugar, hot sauce, and parsley. Add the cabbage and carrots and season with salt/pepper.

A skillet of cooked onions next to a skillet with cabbage and carrots.

Sauté for 10-15 minutes, or until desired consistency is obtained. Add the kielbasa back and toss to combine. Serve!

A skillet of cooked cabbage and carrots with sausage slices being added.

Cabbage and Sausage in a skillet with carrots and kitchen tongs.

Pro Tips


  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Leftovers do freeze/reheat well! 

Cabbage and Sausage on a white plate with mashed potatoes on the side.

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Cabbage and Sausage

5 from 6 ratings
This Cabbage and Sausage recipe is an easy 30-minute meal that's loaded with flavor! This dish is perfect with a side of potatoes or steamed rice.


  • 14 oz. kielbasa, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • 5 cups green cabbage, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • Salt/pepper, to taste


  • Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the sliced sausage and sauté until the edges are golden brown, about 4 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and soften for 7 minutes, a little longer than usual to develop more flavor. Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth, mustard, brown sugar, hot sauce, and parsley and use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom and sides of the skillet, this will add more flavor to the dish.
  • Increase heat to medium-high. Add the cabbage and carrots and season with salt and pepper. Sauté for 10 to 15 minutes, or until desired texture is obtained.
  • Add the kielbasa back to the skillet and toss to combine and heat through.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes! (Or your potato side dish of choice.) Steamed rice pair well too.


Pro Tips

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Leftovers do freeze/reheat well! 

Nutritional information is an estimate and is per serving. There are 4 servings in this recipe.


Calories: 435kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 17g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 78mg, Sodium: 1067mg, Potassium: 546mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 5522IU, Vitamin C: 38mg, Calcium: 72mg, Iron: 2mg
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14 comments on “Cabbage and Sausage”

  1. Omg Stephanie!  This recipe was so good!  I made it tonight…and it truly takes 30 minutes!  The cabbage came out crisp tender and the flavor from the concoction of the broth, hot sauce, Dijon mustard, brown sugar was tasty!  We had it with mashed potatoes.  We both loved it and I will be making it again for sure.  Perfect to make around Easter when we could get awesome smoked Polish sausage with marjoram.  Delicious!  

    • Yayyy! I’m so happy it was such a success Renee! I agree, makes a perfect Easter Meal. We actually do more of a polish tradition too for Easter and this recipe is perfect for that. Thanks so much for the great review!🩷

  2. Hi Stephanie, this is a GREAT, delicious, and simple dish. Growing up in CT, where we had many boiled dinners, it TOTALLY reminds me of home. Thank you ! Bill L.

    • Hey Bill!! I’m SOOO happy that this also brings back boiled dinner memories for you, it does for me too and I just love it! Thank you so much for the review!!

  3. Hi I am doing weight watchers would you know how many points this would be and how much a serving size is 1 serving size like a cup and a 1/2?

    • Hi Donna! There are websites that help with this calculation, you plug in some of the nutritional information which I have at the bottom of the recipe card, and it gives you the points. I tried it for this recipe and it says that it would be 16 points per serving. I don’t have a cup measurement for a serving, it’s just 1/4 of the batch. I hope that helps!

  4. Sounds good I’m cooking today I love cabbage

  5. This was just what I needed! Fresh, crunchy, and flavorful! I love the broth with a touch of sweetness and a little tang. I really felt like something different this week and this was the perfect choice! I will be making this regularly for my family! I love that it is lower carb too! Thank you.

  6. This is so easy and delicious. Made it for St Patrick’s day

  7. Delicious New Meal for me now,
    Cumin adds a distinct Flavor
    THE Hillshire farm sausage has it’s own distinct flavor also Yummy

    • I’m sooo happy that you loved it Steven! I’ll have to try adding some cumin next time! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review!! 🙌🏻

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