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Kielbasa Kapusta – Crock pot / Instant Pot Recipe

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Kielbasa Kapusta is a simple Ukrainian dish made from garlic sausage and cabbage – easy, healthy and hearty!

Kielbasa Kapusta
Kielbasa Kapusta

What is Kapusta?

While it’s the literal word for cabbage in Ukrainian – and pronounced kapooooosta – the word also covers a variety of dishes. We Ukrainians are known for our very literal dish names and this Kapusta dish is no different. You could call it Bigos, if you are Polish but bigos is actually quite a complicate recipe, with spices, prunes, beef shoulder and more. I’m presuming that this is why the simple kielbasa and sauerkraut recipe is usually just called Kapusta, or kapusta with kielbasa.

What are you making for dinner?

Cabbage.

Kapusta. Now don’t ask again or you’ll get a wooden spoon to the back of the head.

Now here is the real question for you, how do YOU pronounce kielbasa? I could tell you where you are from regionally, just by how you pronounce it. There was a large discussion on my Instagram a week or so ago and I was asked how I pronounced kielbasa.

IF you pronounced it kooooo-basa, you are distinctly Canadian Prairie Ukrainian. Period. Apparently we take the pronunciation of koovbasa (no, that’s not a spelling mistake) and pronounce it so.

Do not get sucked into the rabbit hole of googling pronunciations of kielbasa. DO NOT. Suffice it to say that I did and I wasn’t any more informed than when I started. I DO know however, that kooooobasa is definitely a prairie thing!

Kielbasa Kapusta - Crockpot / Instant Pot Recipe from @kitchenmagpie

How to Cook Kapusta

Kapusta is perfect to cook low and slow all day, as you are mainly heating it up and mingling the flavours. Oh, actually, I just lied, I put real cabbage in my kapusta. As in not sauerkraut because as we all know, sauerkraut is made from fake cabbage.

  • Combine all the ingredients in the crock pot.
  • Set on low and cook for 6-7 hours,stirring occasionally if you can.
  • Remove and serve

Kielbasa Kapusta - Crockpot / Instant Pot Recipe from @kitchenmagpie

You also have to choose a really, really good sausage, a good kielbasa that cooks up well, is nice and garlicky and is one that you can make a good meal out of.

Kielbasa Kapusta - Crockpot / Instant Pot Recipe from @kitchenmagpie

Mmmmm. Crock pot Kapusta. It doesn’t get easier OR more delicious than this! Now I do rinse the sauerkraut with water before adding to dilute the flavour, but if you are a really die hard sauerkraut lover, you might not want to. I found it perfect when rinsed, it makes it a little more cabbage flavoured and less tangy.

Want something that goes great with this? Try my How to Make Slowcooker or Crockpot Dumplings post.

Happy almost not cooking!

Karlynn

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Kielbasa Kapusta – Crockpot / Instant Pot Recipe

Kielbasa Kapusta is a simple Ukrainian dish made from garlic sausage and cabbage - easy, healthy and hearty!

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Total Time
6 hours 10 minutes
Course
Main Course
Cuisine
Ukrainian
Servings
4
Calories
98
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 1 32 oz jar of saukraut rinsed with water
  • 1 white onion sliced
  • 1/2 head of green cabbage chopped
  • 1 coil your favourite garlic kielbasa chopped into chunks

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in the crockpot. Set on low and cook for 6-7 hours,stirring occasionally if you can.
  2. Remove and serve

Recipe Notes

The nutritional values will be different than listed depending on your sauerkraut and your sausage of choice.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 98kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 4g, Sodium: 65mg, Potassium: 630mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 340IU, Vitamin C: 129.2mg, Calcium: 145mg, Iron: 1.7mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. michelle sedelmeier says

    The serving size is for little more than a tsp. Is this true. I am diabetic and searching for recipes and this seems like it would be extremely high in carbs for 1 bowl. Also many of your other recipes do not have a serving size. I would like to make them but dont want die trying them.

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