Kielbasa and Cabbage is a hearty family favorite for days with a chill in the air. Serve over mashed potatoes for the ultimate comfort food meal.
Many comfort food recipes are often saved for Sunday suppers, holidays or just any day that you have more time to cook. That is because they usually take some time and can be slightly more complicated. But guess what, I have a quick and easy comfort food meal for you today.
Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet . It’s hearty. It comes together in under 30 and you only need one pan.
CABBAGE: Green cabbage is great for this recipe! Simply rough chop it.
KIELBASA: It’s a Smoked Polish Sausage. It is traditionally made with beef or pork. To lighten things up you can even use Turkey Kielbasa. I’ve used it before in this recipe and it works just fine.
CARAWAY SEEDS: This totally makes the dish. Caraway seeds have a bittersweet nutty taste that is a bit like anise (black licorice).
GARLIC: Because I mean, obviously. A few cloves will do just fine.
CRUSHED RED PEPPER: For a bit of heat.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Adds a bit of acid. Red wine vinegar would work if you don’t have apple cider.
STEP #1: In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add in garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
STEP #2: Add in crushed red pepper, cabbage, caraway seeds and apple cider vinegar. Cover and cook for 10 – 15 minutes or until cabbage is wilted.
STEP #3: Add kielbasa and continue cooking for 10 more minutes or until sausage is warmed through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Like I said before this dish is really hearty. If you are low-carb, it’s a great option! But if you really want to make this a comfort food meal for the ages then you have GOT to serve this over creamy mashed potatoes or roasted garlic mashed red potatoes.
Smoked sausages like kielbasa always makes whipping up a meal super easy. Here are some of my favorite recipes using sausages:
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Note: This post was originally published in 2009. It was updated with step by step photos and nutrition facts in 2020.