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Kapuzta Recipe

Kapuzta Recipe

This is a truly authentic "Old World recipe"—friends of our family who moved here from Poland gave it to my mother years ago. It's been a favorite Sunday dinner with all of us ever since then. I've found that it's always a hit at potluck dinners, too. After my husband and I moved to our dairy farm, I discovered that this hearty, one-dish dinner was a perfect one for our busy schedule...and that any leftovers taste even better the second day!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds pork stew meat
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds smoked Polish sausage, cut in 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 quart sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • Pepper to taste


  • 1. In a large skillet, brown pork and onion. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until pork is tender. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 519 calories, 39g fat (15g saturated fat), 121mg cholesterol, 1509mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein .

Reviews for Kapuzta

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Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"This was yummy! I substituted cream of celery soup for the cream of mushroom."

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"I found this recipe years ago. My family loves it. Especially on cold winter evenings."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"Being Lithuanian, mom made this using pickling spice and diced tomatoes. No mushroom soup. After taking the pork roast out of the soup, she would roast the meat with potatoes and this would top the soup."

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"I am Polish and I never heard of using a can of mushrooms – creamy cabbage? Perhaps it’s a personal preference – Instead with a little oil, fry up 1 packet of store bought fresh mushrooms (6-8oz). Fry until they are slightly brown and there is gravy from the mushrooms. Also don’t add the onions with the meat – you are supposed to finish cooking the cabbage, turn off stove, then fry up the onions and add to the top while stirring (yes it will splash a bit). And Enjoy! Let the cabbage stand in the frig overnight for best taste. As for the sausage – the “polska kielbasa” in your grocery store will do nothing for the taste – as also rinsing the sauerkraut – drain – yes – rinse no. As my great grandma used to say – rule of thumb – use as much fresh cabbage as you use sauerkraut = pycha =)"

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"My grandmother used to make this but she used fresh pork such as meaty country ribs, etc. Seh did not use mushroom soup just a little water while simmering the cabbage and kraut. She also added several potatoes peeled and cut in chunks, along with a hanful of barley that thickend up the broth. Depending on how tart you liked the broth you can always add a little of the drained sauerkraut juice. Delicious!"

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"I am curious about your "potato cakes" recipe.  When I make my Kapuzta I just serve it by itself.

Can't wait to try the "potato cakes". If you can please respond w/the recipe.
Thanks so much,
Peggy Protasowicki

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2010

"I have been making this for 42 yrs. Instead of the soup I use:2 c tomato juice, 1 c water 1tbls of vinegar & 1 tbls of sugar. If more liquid is needed I repeat the tomato juice mix. I also use the sauerkraut with "wine" in it. Gundelshein puts it out. Enjoy"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2010

"I thought it was really good but I think I might add more mushroom soup next time and then serve with noodles."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"How can this be "old world" when it uses canned soup?"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"We loved this dish -- very German tasting. I served it with mashed potato cakes and it was a hit."

patricia diane
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2008

"My husband will love this, he loves pork and cabbage. Patricia Diane"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer