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Crockpot Sausage and Cabbage (Gluten Free)

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One of my favorite recipes for cabbage involves my slow cooker! This recipe is quick to throw together and delightful to eat. Enjoy this easy and healthy Crockpot Sausage and Cabbage Recipe!Sausage & Cabbage for the slow cooker - gluten free

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One way I keep my budget low is to buy what’s cheapest when it’s cheapest. I use the EWG’s Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 list prioritize my organic purchases.

I like cabbage a lot, and I like it even better since it’s on the Clean 15 List and often very cheap! I’ve found that cabbage hits rock bottom prices around St. Patty’s Day for some reason. Watch for cheap cabbage in March!

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Crockpot Sausage and Cabbage Recipe

I’ve been making this recipe for Sausage and Cabbage in my crockpot for a long time. I found the original recipe on southernfood.about.com but I can’t find the original source anymore – and I’ve since adapted the recipe to fit my family’s needs.

It’s easy and delicious and perfect for busy days because you can just throw the ingredients in the slow cooker and forget about them. It’s also naturally gluten-free and so just about anyone can eat it!

Crockpot Sausage and Cabbage - Gluten Free Slow Cooker Recipe

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Crockpot Sausage and Cabbage

Crockpot Sausage and Cabbage

A quick, easy, cheap and healthy dinner idea. This crockpot sausage and cabbage recipe is sure to be a hit in your life, if you like cabbage of course!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 3 seconds
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes 3 seconds


  • 1 small head cabbage, coarsely shredded
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds organic kielbasa
  • 1 cup apple juice or water works just as well, honestly
  • 1 TBS dijon mustard
  • 1 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 large potatoes, diced
  • 2-3 large carrots, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Layer the cabbage, onion, potatoes, carrots, and sausage in a 5 or 6 qt. crockpot.
  2. Whisk together the juice, mustard, vinegar and pour over crockpot ingredients.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. (My crockpot cooks it faster than that - it's usually ready after only 4-6 hours instead so prepare to adjust the time depending on your crock pot.)
  4. I've also cooked it on high for 1 hour and then on low for 3-4 hours when I forget to get it ready earlier in the day.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 520Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 1318mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 18g

Nutritional data is not always correct.

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I love this recipe because it is quick, frugal and delicious. My crockpot is my work horse! If you’re looking for a good slow cooker, I highly recommend this  Hamilton Beach 6 qt version. I’ve had this slow cooker for a number of years now and have been very, very happy with it.

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankSara says

    We'll make eggrolls and freeze them! I buy the wrappers and then add cabbage, carrots, onion, sausage, soy sauce and whatever else I have. (Freeze on cookie sheet and then bag them up.) They are best fried, but we usually bake them. I'll have to try the crockpot recipe — looks yummy!

  2. blankMichelle says

    Eggrolls! What a great idea! Do you just dump or do you have a recipe you start from, Sara? I've never made eggrolls before. Might have to give it a shot. Thanks!

  3. blankSara says

    Sometimes I follow the recipe on the back of the eggroll wrapper package — and sometimes I just dump 🙂 Also…mu shu pork is delish!

  4. blankMichele says

    I'm not a fan of cabbage, and neither is my hubby… but that crock pot recipe in interesting. I am saving the recipe and maybe I'll try it next year. How much of it ends up being cabbage once it's cooked?

  5. blankMichelle says

    The cabbage cooks way down. You can add more of the other ingredients to have a better combo, if you want. I think it's worth trying at least once! I usually go heavier on the cabbage than then sausage, but my family would prefer it the other way around.

  6. blankAnonymous says

    Do you eat this as a single dish? What (if anything) do you eat with it? Is it soupy? Looks so delicious.

  7. blankMichelle says

    Anon- it is pretty good! I generally serve a salad and bread with it. Depending on how many (if any) potatoesI add to the mix, I might also make fried potatoes. I think any type of potatoes go very nicely with it. I sometimes just take the easy way out and cook them in the crockpot with everything else. It's not too soupy, but the cabbage does cook down and become a little watery.

  8. blankCharli says

    o do my own freezer bag meals on the weekend for the work week. Could you throw all ingredients in a ziplock freezer bag. Freeze and dump in crock pot?

    • blankMichelle Marine says

      Hi Charli,
      I have never tried to freeze cabbage so I’m not sure how it would work. I’m afraid that cabbage would get very watery. Also, potatoes don’t freeze all that well either – they sometimes turn black after thawing. If you try it though, come back and let me know!

  9. blankSuzanne F. says

    I am making this recipe today. Pretty much the same ingredients but I added some bacon, celery and chopped tomatoes(we are fixing to leave for 2 weeks, so I am trying to use stuff up). I also started off cooking the chopped bacon and then browned the chopped onions in the grease. Then I also browned the sausage , then about 1/2 of the cabbage. I kinds layered everything, but as it started cookin, I stirred all together, smells SO yummy – ca’t wait to ear tonight. Thanks for a “guide” recipe to start with!
    Your original post was quite a while back, so don’t know if you will even get this message. I also took some photos but do not see where/how to post them.

  10. blankKathy says

    My husband wanted the sausage done separately and I have leftover mashed potatoes. I mixed the cabbage, onion, and carrot in my crockpot. I put 1 cup of chicken broth with 3T melted bacon fat, 1T apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper in with it. It smells wonderful. I usually don’t change recipes and comment, however this recipe inspired me. We have a great sausage to use that we didn’t want it’s flavour affected. We’ll put the cabbage … over our potatoes.

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