Slow Cooker Sausage with Kraut & Potatoes

Sometimes I crave things that are not good for me. Things that are bad for me. High in calories and fat. We all do! And that’s okay! Instead of giving in and eating really bad and feeling bad afterwards, I often times try to find ways to make those less than stellar meals better. It’s true that you can’t give every single naughty dish a golden halo, but you can reduce this and cut that and trim a little here and there. This Slow Cooker Sausage with Sauerkraut and Potatoes is a fine example.

Okay, so on to the recipe! The products I used in this recipe make the difference in the nutrition. The Bubbies Sauerkraut is my husband’s favorite, and because of the way it’s made, it’s not so sour, I actually don’t mind eating (because honestly, I hate sauerkraut). It’s also lower in sodium than typical sauerkraut. I make these Reuben Sandwiches with Bubbies all. the. time. and everyone in my family cheers! Their pickles are also really yummy!

So go ahead and indulge in this recipe, just don’t make it every week! And be sure to drink lots of water, because yes, the sodium content is quite high. Relax though, because if you’re eating right most of the time, it’s OK to get a little crazy now and then. Trust me.


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Slow Cooker Sausage with Kraut

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Serving Size: 1/6th of recipe

Slow Cooker Sausage with Kraut


1 1/2 pounds red new potatoes (about 18), halved if large
2 cups sauerkraut, drained
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup dry white wine, or dark beer, or more chicken broth
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 pounds bratwurst, kielbasa, or other sausage links
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)

Step by Step

  1. In a slow cooker, mix together the potatoes, sauerkraut, onion, broth, wine, caraway seeds, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  2. Nestle the sausage on top of the vegetables.
  3. Cover and cook until the potatoes are tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  4. Sprinkle the bratwurst, potatoes, and sauerkraut with the parsley and serve.
  5. You could serve with a nice dark bread and some spicy brown mustard! And a cold beer. YUM.


Calories 477 • Fat 33.3g • Saturated Fat 11.4g • Cholesterol 84mg • Sodium 1051mg • Total Carbohydrates 23.9g • Dietary Fiber 3.5g • Sugars 1.9g • Protein 17.9g • Vitamin A 5% • Vitamin C 46% • Calcium 5% • Iron 9%

Recipe adapted from Real Simple.

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