Italian Sausage and Sauerkraut

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by AuntWoofieWoof

I love Italian Sausage and I love Sauerkraut. I thought I would cook the two together and see how it would turn out. It was really good. Sauerkraut can tend to be a little "gassy" so I always put beer in it to neutralize the acidity in the sauerkraut. It seems to do the trick for me. Sometimes draining and rinsing the sauerkraut just isn't enough. Beer also gives the sauerkraut a good flavor. The pears give it a little bit of a sweetness. Cooking time is approximate since some people may want to cook it longer than the suggested 30 minutes. This can serve either 2 or 4 people depending on how many sausages and how much sauerkraut each person may want.

Top Review by Jessica C.

I've made this several times now. Its amazing! Some tips...this recipe works better for me when I use canned Bavarian sourkraut rather than German Kraut in a bag or jar. The German style kraut comes out very watery and kind of disinigrates..and Ive had to drain the pan several times while cooking. The canned Bavarian seems to do this much less and holds up its structure much better. Now for my personal additions.. I add a moderate of amount of ginger, and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. I also use a bit of brown or regular sugar (depending on what I have on hand) to sweeten it up just a bit more than just the pears will. I also poke holes or slice my saugages to keep cooking time down. Its a family favorite and everyone who has been to dinner, loves it!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 4 Italian sausages (I use Isernios brand)
  • 16 ounces sauerkraut
  • 1 cup beer (I use American beer)
  • 1 cup diced canned pears


  1. Cover the bottom of a large skillet with the oil.
  2. Add the sausages and brown them.
  3. Drain and rinse the sauerkraut (optional).
  4. Add the sauerkraut to the skillet, using a fork to distribute it evenly around and on top of the sausages.
  5. Add pears and stir into the sauerkraut.
  6. Add the beer and stir again.
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  8. Cover the skillet with a lid and lower the heat to"Medium" to"Med-Low".
  9. Simmer the mixture for 30 minutes.
  10. You may cook it longer if you want to.

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