One-Bowl Meal: Bratwurst with Cabbage, Onions and Apples

One of the most successful dishes I made over Thanksgiving was a side with cabbage, apples and onions. I figured it would be easy to turn into a one bowl meal by adding some sausages and pasta and adjusting the cooking method. I was right. This is a fantastic winter dish that’s warm and comforting.

I used Trader Joe’s Hofbrau Brats and they’re quite good, but any type of bratwurst will work well (I would avoid the Archer Farms bratwurst from Target; those have very little flavor.) I used orzo as my pasta base, but I think egg noodles would work just as well, if not better.

Because I was using raw sausages, I wanted to cook them all at once, so this recipe is perfect for four.


  • 4-5 bratwurst
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 8-10 ounces green cabbage, chopped (I use the 10-ounce bags of pre-chopped cabbage from Trader Joe’s.)
  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced thin
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • Caraway seeds
  • Pasta of your choice – egg noodles recommended

Step 1. Set a pot of water to boil and cook the pasta. Drain and set aside when complete.

Step 2. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Combine the celery and onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add the bratwurst, cooking for about 7 minutes, until both sides have browned. Remove the sausages from the pan and slice them into circles. The sausages won’t be all the way cooked through, but don’t worry.

Step 3. Return the sliced sausages to the pan, and sprinkle caraway seeds on top. Then spread the sliced apples on top of the sausages, and finally cover with the chopped cabbage. By this point your pan will likely be completely full. Cover it and let the cabbage and apples steam and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until the cabbage has started wilting and the volume of the pan contents has shrunk.




Step 4. Remove the pan top and crank the heat to high to cook off some of the liquid. Stir and season to taste.



  • Max

    You should make this again but make Spaetzle from scratch instead of pasta. Then test it on me.

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