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Old-World Kielbasa Recipe

I've been making this recipe for most of my some 70 years. No one can resist this hearty old-fashioned fare.—Ethel Harrison, North Fort Myers, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion in butter. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One 1-cup serving (prepared with margarine, low-fat smoked turkey sausage and no-salt-added tomatoes) equals 115 calories, 6 g fat (0 saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 454 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 vegetable, 1 meat.

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"This is a tasty quick Fall dish. I often cut the cabbage to 4 cups (for a smaller crowd), but I still leave the other ingredients the same -- especially the caraway seeds - which give it so much flavor. One other thought: My brother has diverticulitis (which means he can't eat seeds), so you can pulverize the seeds in a blender & then continue with recipe. Add the ground seeds to taste....but then at least you get to keep the great flavor!"

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2009

"No wonder she has been making this for 70 yrs. It's wonderful! My family loved it! I also thin sliced potatoes and added it to the pot to make it a one dish meal."

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