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Crock Pot Italian Sausage and Cabbage

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Crock Pot Italian Cabbage and Sausage

I’m going to be honest – this post is gonna be short and sweet. Andy is on my lap, pressing buttons (making it nearly impossible to write), and he’s been whiny all day because of his teeth. Annie has spent the day doing things like trying to encapsulate her brother in the laundry basket and hiding the raw honey in her nightstand drawer. Sooooooooo, let’s do this crock pot thing fast. And please ignore any random letters that might show up.

Crock Pot Italian Cabbage and Sausage

I have recently discovered that I love cabbage. For years, I hated it. I hated the smell – it made me want to yak. But I figured out this year that I just hated the way that it had been prepared. I love it roasted in wedges and I’m addicted to Buffalo Crack Slaw.

Then I sorta dreamed up this recipe when I had an extra head of cabbage in the fridge. And man, did I hit the jackpot with this one! It’s really easy and very frugal if you find the sausage on sale.

Crock Pot Italian Cabbage and Sausage

I cooked this for 6 hours, but it could probably go 8 without a problem…the cabbage would just cook down more. You only want the cabbage nice and tender – love me tender, Elvis.

It smells divine while cooking – better than some cabbage that smells like…well, like gas from behind.

And now, I must go. Annie is poking me with a stick and I think there is snot on my hand.

Elvis has left the building.

Sdfkaeroaewir <– Andy says “Hi.”

Italian Cabbage and Sausage

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. This look SOOOO good! Thank you for sharing…I must try….

  2. Looks yummy… I love cabbage too and sausage! And “Hello!” back to Andy… baby’s first post! LOL

  3. I also used to not like cabbage until I had it in a veggie soup recently. Now I try to find different recipes to use it up in. This sounds good & frugal! What a great combination. Thanks!

  4. LOL! You’re so funny, Stacy! This looks great! I love cabbage. I will definitely have to try it. Not sure if my boys (husband and 7-year-old) will try it though…oh well…more for me! :)

  5. Would Napa cabbage work for this recipe? I bought some for a salad this week and didn’t use all of it.

  6. I too have a new found love for cabbage. I will be trying this very soon, thanks!

  7. Do you use nitrate/nitrite-free sausage and kielbasa? If so, I want to know where you find it!! I love cabbage but have not cooked with it in close to 9 years because my husband cannot stand it. I miss it. :(

    • I use nitrate free sausage and kielbasa when I can find it. My store doesn’t always have it. They do now always carry nitrate free sausage (YAY!) but I just found the nitrate free kielbasa this week after I had already made this. :-) Isn’t that always how it works? I figure once and a while won’t preserve us. 😉

  8. Hello to those precious babies!!! I just love how you don’t pretend to be super momma and you always keep it real. I used to HATE cabbage bc I seriously thought eating cabbage aborted cabbage patch kids. I have eaten it recently and it’s eh, but not the greatest. I really wanna try this, but I seriously doubt my kids would eat it. Their palates go little beyond burgers, tacos and cereal. UGH!

  9. Hahaha, as I was trying to read this recipe, and now type, my 3-yr-old son keeps pushing buttons and messing me up! LOL!
    I love cabbage and smoked sausage, so will definitely try this soon. I’m sure my hubby would love it! Yum! (Ok, seriously, it just took me 5 minutes to type this, because of all of my son’s “corrections”)
    uhhuhhj=———tytreweqasz 😉

  10. I agree…love that you kept in the message from your son :) Made me laugh. My Grammy says if you include a pinch of baking soda in your cabbage, it won’t make you – ahem – smell up the room later. FYI. :)

  11. Stacy, let me start by saying I’m a huge fan!! Your recipes & tips are awesome!! Now on to the cabbage… I make a similar recipe in the crockpot that you might enjoy. Similar to yours, I layer ( in this order)the cabbage, then quartered red potatoes, onion slices, cut up smoked sausage, some black pepper & some cajun seasoning, & 1 cup water. Cook on high 6-8 hours. My whole family loves this!! Thanks, for sharing all your wisdom with us!! 😉

  12. I need to try this in my crockpot – I have been making this dish for years on the stove-top. I guess the main difference is that I also put onions (like a previous poster) and chilles if I have an open can. Lastly, I use chicken stock instead of tomato sauce for the liquid – because I always have so much chicken stock to use up. However, I really really like the tomato sauce idea too – I always seem to have some leftover after I make pasta. Thanks for sharing all of your awesome recipes:)

  13. I tried this recipe today added some sweet onions and russet potatoes (chopped in bite size pieces). Needless to say it was delicious. And with the potatoes I just put some in a bowl and devoured it. No need for a side dish and given the cabbage was .50 and sausage was 2.5 i think the frugal in me will definitely revisit this again. Great way to get more greens in me. Thanks for sharing!!!

  14. I made this the other day… and it was a Very Big Hit with my kids! They even ate the leftovers for lunch at school! Thank you! :)

  15. bizzy mommy says:

    this has become a weekly staple! yum!

  16. I’m making this recipe tonight and it smells great. I haven’t tasted it yet, but I can’t wait to try! Thank you for sharing it.

  17. duane osborne says:

    i am making this now thought i would try something diffrent i used italian meatballs instead of smoked sausage hope it turns out just as good!!!

  18. One word: YUMMY! I work nights so by the time I was awakened by the unbelievable aroma, it was almost ready! TLC

  19. This sounds a wonderful dish. I look forward to trying this recipe tonight. I love your tips! I can’t wait to come back and give your my thoughts.

    • So sorry for all my typos. This sounds “like” a wonderful dish. I look forward to trying this recipe tonight. I love your tips! I can’t wait to come back and give you my thoughts.

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