Braised German Sausage and Sauerkraut (a paleo one pot meal)

Oct 7th
Sausage and Sauerkraut

Since the weather has turned into scarf-and-boot-wearing season, all I have wanted to eat has been soups and true comfort foods. And this Braised German Sausage and Sauerkraut is major, stick-to-your-ribs, kinda comfort food.

My grandmother has a way of making dishes that I know I don’t like in a way that I love. Until about a year ago I thought I hated beets, then Grandma made them for family dinner one night and proved my tastebuds wrong. Same thing happened with sauerkraut. She made a sausage and sauerkraut concoction in her crock-pot one Sunday and now I’m a believer!


I’m so happy about my new found love of sauerkraut! Sauerkraut is one of those crazy healthy foods. It’s fermented and therefore contains “beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.” (Wellness Mama) Sauerkraut is also full of vitamins C and K, fiber, iron, and cancer fighting principles.

This recipe also has bone broth, another great heath food.  Bone broth can “…improve digestion, allergies, immune health, brain health, and much more.” (Wellness Mama)

“Bone broth is a source of minerals, like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium,  and potassium, in forms that your body can easily absorb. It’s also rich in glycine and proline, amino acids not found in significant amounts in muscle meat (the vast majority of the meat we consume). It also contains chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold as supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain. Finally, ‘soup bones’ include collagen, a protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals, which is abundant in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.” (Whole9 Life)

Here is the recipe I loosely follow when making bone broth. Making bone broth is pretty simple, but if you don’t have time to make your own, just get some beef broth from the store. It won’t have all the same heath benefits, but will still taste good. Just make sure it doesn’t have any MSG, added sweeteners, colors or nasty preservatives.

Sausage and Sauerkraut

Another extremely healthy ingredient in this recipe is kale. I think everyone agrees that kale is one of the worlds richest super foods. According to The Truth About Kale, from WebMD my favorite green leaf contains:

  • Nearly 3 grams of protein
  • 2.5 grams of fiber (which helps manage blood sugar and makes you feel full)
  • Vitamins A, C, and K
  • Folate, a B vitamin that’s key for brain development
  • Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that give kale its deep, dark green coloring and protect against macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Minerals including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc

If thats not enough, I’ve also added carrots, and potatoes to this sausage and sauerkraut meal. Not only is this recipe packed with healthy ingredients, it is so flavorful and filling that you won’t even need seconds. And perhaps the best part is that this a one-pot meal! That means you can make it all in one pot and only have to wash one pot! Bam! Talk about easy weeknight meals. And the leftovers taste even better the next day!

Sausage and Sauerkraut

Most braised german sausage and sauerkraut recipes use some form of beer. Well, beer isn’t paleo and isn’t gluten-free, so I opted to cut that out. I’m sure it would be tasty, but Avonlea can’t have gluten at all meaning beer wasn’t even an option for our family. So, I reinvented the sausage and sauerkraut recipe!

Did I mention that this sausage and sauerkraut recipe is fully paleo, grain-free and gluten-free, Whole30 friendly, dairy-free, and soy-free. It’s packed full of veggies, and so tasty! This is a meal that proudly wears the hashtag: #morevegetablesthanavegetarian.

One Pot Braised German Sausage and Saurekraut

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8

One Pot Braised German Sausage and Saurekraut


  • 2 tablespoons ghee or really good butter
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 2 lb. kielbasa sausage (fully-cooked), cut into 2-3" links
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 carrots, cut into 1" pieces
  • 2-3 medium potatoes, cut into 1" chunks
  • 2 cups sauerkraut, drained and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup kale, stems removed and cut into ribbons
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grainy mustard for serving (optional)


In a large dutch oven, melt ghee and bacon fat over medium-high heat. Add in kielbasa and onion and sauté, turning sausages a few times, until sausages start to brown and onions start to caramelize. About 10 minutes. Remove sausages and onions.

Pour broth into pan and use a wooden spoon to scrape all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Bring broth to a boil and add in carrots and potatoes. Boil until carrots and potatoes are cooked through and broth has reduced slightly.

Add sauerkraut and sausages to the pot and stir. Cook for about 5 minutes until everything is hot. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Stir in kale ribbons just before serving so that they become bright green, but do not over cook.

Serve hot with grainy mustard.



Health Benefits of Fermented Foods – Wellness Mama

What Are the Health Benefits of Sauerkraut? Live Strong

Suprising Health Benefits of Sauerkraut – Mother Nature Network

Bone Broth Frequently Asked Questions – Whole9 Life

How to Make Homemade Bone Broth – Wellness Mama

The Truth About Kale, from WebMD

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