27 Best Kielbasa and Smoked Sausage Recipes

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Sausage and cabbage stew

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Kielbasa—also known as Polish sausage—has a slightly sweet, slightly spicy, all-umami flavor that works great in any recipe that calls for sausage. Use kielbasa as an entree itself or in casseroles, soups, stews, sandwiches, and appetizers.

Thinly sliced and fried, the smokes sausage also makes a delicious breakfast meat to serve with eggs, French toast or pancakes. You can also add it to your favorite breakfast casserole instead of sausage links or patties. Swap it in for recipes that call for Andouille, chorizo, or any other smoked or fully-cooked sausage.

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    Cauliflower and Sausage Roast

    cauliflower and sausage roast

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    With cheddar cheese, Cajun seasoning, and onion, this cauliflower and sausage roast would taste great with either kielbasa or andouille sausage. It makes a great one-dish meal for a hearty supper.

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    Slow Cooker Polish Sausage and Cabbage Soup

    Polish Sausage Soup With Cabbage

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This Polish sausage soup uses browned kielbasa, onion, and cabbage, along with cubed potatoes and broth for a stick-to-your-ribs soup. Add some caraway seeds if you like the flavor, as well as optional tomatoes.

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    Kale and White Bean Soup With Sausage

    sausage, bean, and kale soup

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Use ​spicy sausage or kielbasa in this tasty soup that combines creamy white beans and plenty of nutritious veggies. Serve the soup with freshly baked cornbread or biscuits to make it a whole meal that works great for a weekend lunch or dinner anytime.

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    Easy Sausage Bake With Sauerkraut and Apples

    Sauerkraut and Smoked Sausage

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This traditional meal brings out the spices in kielbasa with some simple accoutrements. Sauerkraut and apples complement the meat nicely, giving it a sweet and sour tang. Best of all, it takes so little time to put together, it makes a great weeknight supper.

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    Crock Pot Sausage Stew

    Creamy Sausage Stew

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This creamy, slow cooker sausage stew is as versatile as your imagination. It tastes great with kielbasa or other smoked sausage, but you can also use hot Italian sausage or Andouille if you like a little more kick. Try it for a set-it-and-forget-it supper.

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    Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans and Sausage

    Beans and Sausage

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Beans and sausage are a match made in heaven. Smoked sausage, pineapple, and barbecue sauce give the dish a lovely barbecue flavor and contrasting texture that makes a meal in itself. Serve it with cornbread or hot baked biscuits for a simple, budget-friendly family meal.

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    Slow Cooker Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage and Tomatoes

    Lentil soup with sausage

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Adding sliced sausage to classic lentil soup makes this a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs main dish soup. Mix up the vegetables to suit what you have in the fridge. Good options include carrots, onions, celery, tomatoes, and spinach, kale, or Swiss chard.

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    Sweet and Sour Kielbasa

    Sweet and Sour Kielbasa

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This budget-friendly ​kielbasa recipe includes pineapple, onions, and bell pepper chunks cooked in a tangy vinegar, soy sauce, and brown sugar sauce that has Asian inflections. Serve it over rice as a main meal or with toothpicks as a snack or appetizer.

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    Slow Cooker Kielbasa Sausage in Beer and Mustard Sauce

    Kielbasa with Beef Mustard Sauce

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Crack open a cold one for this easy smoked sausage dish that uses beer and mustard for a finger-lickin' sauce. It's a tasty busy-day dish to serve with potatoes to round things out. It also works as an appetizer, as long as you slice the kielbasa small enough to make it a suitable finger food.

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    Chicken Bog

    Chicken bog ready to serve from the kettle.
    Diana Rattray

    Smoked sausage adds tons of flavor to this hearty Southern stew that hails from South Carolina. Tender chicken, rice, and sausage come together in a flavorful herb-scented broth for a classic dish. Toss a few veggies in the chicken bog for a complete meal or serve with salad or coleslaw.

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    Crock Pot Smoked Sausages With Potatoes and Cabbage

    Sausage, Cabbage, and Potato Meal, Slow Cooker

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    With sliced potatoes, cabbage, and apple juice, this traditional crock pot dish turns smoked sausage into a whole meal. Add more cabbage and taters if your slow cooker can fit them and serve it with a side of crusty bread or stick the kielbasa on hero rolls.

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    Roasted Potato and Sausage Dinner

    Roasted Potato and Sausage Dinner
    The Spruce

    Use small potatoes like red-skinned or new potatoes to get the right texture in this roasted potato and sausage meal. Add cubed sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or other root vegetables for autumnal flare, or sub in cauliflower for some of the potatoes for a lower-carb dish.

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    Bean Stew With Sausage, Butternut Squash, and Apples

    Beans With Sausage, Squash, and Apple

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This autumnal dish uses sausage, butternut squash, apples, and tomatoes for a zesty stew that will really hold you over. While the recipe calls for canned spicy baked beans, you can also use your own recipe or other baked bean style if you prefer.

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    Sausage and Cabbage Stew with Beans and Tomatoes

    Sausage and cabbage stew

    The Spruce

    Cabbage, beans, apple juice, and tomatoes give this sweet-tart sausage stew lots of flavor, and the recipe leave plenty of room for interpretation. Add diced carrots, celery, potatoes, or other root vegetables to bulk it up further, or mix up the spice profile for a different taste.

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    Slow Cooker Potato and Sausage Dinner

    Slow Cooker Potato and Sausage Dinner

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    You may already have the ingredients on hand for this creamy, cheesy crockpot casserole. Cream of potato soup gives it a lovely creamy texture, but you can use any cream soup you have lying around. Use lower-starch potatoes Yukon gold, red-skinned, or new potatoes for this one.

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    Kielbasa and Rice Casserole

    Turkey kielbasa rice veggie recipe

    ​The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    If you can find turkey kielbasa, use it to make this filling dish with less fat. Black rice gives it a dramatic look and chewier texture than other rice varieties, but really any rice works. It would also taste great with other grains, just follow the package directions to cook them properly.

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    Green Eggs and Ham

    green eggs and ham
    Leah Maroney

    Dig in to the delicious dish that stars in the Dr. Seuss classic for a hearty weekend breakfast or unique dinner. Whip up the spinach, sliced kielbasa, and eggs after reading the book for a fun kid-friendly meal. You can also sub in Canadian bacon, sliced ham, or other meat.

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    Polish American Breakfast Skillet

    Breakfast Skillet
    Breakfast Skillet. © Brian Leatart / Getty Images

    Polish sausage, eggs, bell pepper, and potatoes come together for a slightly spicy, super filling breakfast that would also make a great breakfast-for-dinner dish.

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    Purple Hull Peas and Sausage

    purple hull peas and sausage

    For a Southern-accented dish, use purple hull peas and a smoked sausage like kielbasa. You can eat both the peas and the pod, but we shell the peas for this recipe. If you can't find purple hull peas, use black-eyed peas instead for a similar flavor and texture.

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    Kale and White Bean Soup with Sausage

    Kale and White Bean Soup With Sausage
    Kale and White Bean Soup With Sausage. Diana Rattray

    Kale gives this simple sausage and white bean soup lovely textural contrast, plus an extra hit of nutrition. If you don't care for kale, you can also use swiss chard, spinach, or other sturdy leafy greens. Serve with crusty bread or cornbread.

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    Slow Cooker Sausage Beef Chili

    Chili with Beef and Sausage
    Chili with Beef and Sausage. Diana Rattray

    Make this meat-lovers chili with any smoked sausage you have, including smoked Polish sausage, kielbasa, or andouille. Adjust the chili spices to adapt to the spiciness of your sausage, and the preferences of your dinner guests. Top it with guacamole, sour cream, diced green onion, and shredded cheddar cheese.

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    Polish Kielbasa Sausage

    Kielbasa
    Juanmonino/E+/Getty Images

    For a fun weekend project, try making your own traditional Polish Biala Kielbasa. Adjust the levels of salt, garlic, and pepper to suit your tastes but make sure you fry up and taste a test patty before stuffing so you know what you're getting into.

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    Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa

    Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa
    Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa. Linda Larsen

    If you like sweet and sour cocktail meatballs, you'll love this smoked sausage slow cooker recipe. It uses only four ingredients that you may already have in stock, so you can also pull it together quickly and easily.

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    Savory Chicken and Sausage Stew

    Chicken Sausage Stew
    Chicken Sausage Stew. Diana Rattray

    Use a cut-up stew chicken or chicken parts and kielbasa or other smoked sausage for this versatile and delicious stew. It freezes well, so don't worry about the large batch. Add other vegetables if you have some going over in the crisper, too.

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    Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash

    Sweet Potato Hash

    The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska 

    For a colorful, zesty, one-pan dish that really makes the most of smoked sausage, onions, and peppers, try this sweet potato hash. While hash traditionally appears on breakfast or brunch menus, it's hearty enough for dinner too.

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    Sausage and Potato Soup

    Potato Sausage Soup
    Diana Rattray

    The heat of the smoked sausage will give this creamy potato soup its spiciness, so choose your adventure accordingly. If you use andouille sausage, it will have more kick, but if you go for kielbasa or another smoked sausage, it will come out a bit milder. Don't forget the crusty bread to soak up the broth.