Sausage and Cabbage Stew (Bigos)



Recipe Information

Total Time: 

1 hour 15 minutes



This aromatic cabbage, sauerkraut, sausage stew hails from central Europe and is Poland's national dish.


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 12 ounces Kielbasa (or your favorite sausages), cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound smoked ham, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, cut in 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 pound green cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 pound sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 apple, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper


In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat the canola oil over medium heat. Brown the pieces of sausage and smoked ham. Add the onions and garlic and saute for several minutes until the onion starts to soften. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Lower the heat, cover and continue to cook for 45 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes or so to prevent sticking.

Serving Suggestion

Traditionally, this stew is served with potatoes and rye bread, and is often made a day ahead of time, allowing the flavors to mingle overnight. Deviled eggs or creamed herring are served as an appetizer with this dish. For a lighter meal, add a fresh green salad, or lightly-steamed broccoli, carrots, or green beans.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 272, Fat: 18 g, Cholesterol: 45 mg, Sodium: 1041 mg, Carbohydrate: 15 g, Dietary Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 13 g