Sausage N’ Cabbage “Noodles” with Fried Apples

There are endless possibilities when making paleo foods and the truth is, I enjoy how our food tastes now better than I ever did during our pre-paleo days.  Nothing is better than fresh veggies soaking up delicious spices and tender bites of meat.  Well; nothing food related that is…  Today’s lunch was pretty much mouth watering from beginning to end and I hope you all enjoy this meal as much as we did!


Sausage N’ Cabbage “Noodles”

1 lb mild Italian pork sausage or other ground meat of your choice

1 red onion, thinly sliced

½ head or 5 cups thinly sliced green cabbage

2 tablespoons grass fed butter (or ghee, or coconut oil)

½ teaspoon caraway seeds

½ teaspoon paprika

Fresh ground black pepper and sea salt to taste

In a large skillet brown the sausage.  Once the sausage is fully cooked, remove it from the pan and set aside.  Add the butter to the same pan with the sausage drippings and add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions start to brown a bit.  Add the cabbage and cook for another 7-10 minutes or until the cabbage is soft and “noodle-y.” Add the sausage back to the pan, add the spices, mix well and serve! Serves 4.

Fried Apples

3-4 small organic apples, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)

2 tablespoons coconut oil

¼ cup raisins

½ tablespoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons canned full fat coconut milk

In a medium sized saute pan, heat the coconut oil over medium heat.  Add the apples and saute for about 5 minutes or until they start to soften.  Add the raisins and cook for 2-3 more minutes.  Add the cinnamon, mix well and add the coconut milk.  Stir the coconut milk in with the apples just until warm and serve.  Serves 4.


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  1. sarena says

    I love following your recipes and then trying to recreate them with ingredients that I can eat….I can not have any nightshades, nuts or fruits. Can you try, on occasion, to make a few recipes with these limitations please??

    • Nancy Abney says

      I made this dish last night but substituted the ground pork with Isernio’s All Natural Hot Italian Chicken Sausage and it was delicious. I made the Fried Apples for desert and they were really good also. Next I will be making the Paleo Pancit. Thanks for the great recipes.

  2. Joanna says

    I have a couple of questions and i’m hope it’s ok that i’m asking you this in your reply box. :/
    Well…. i’m 11 weeks pregnant and i’m thinking of starting Paleo but i have a couple of questions :
    1. In Question 9, paragraph #6 It talks about pregnant women having trouble tolerating high protein levels. What does that mean to someone like me? Is that where portion sizes comes into play? which leads me to question #2….
    2. One of the huge attractions to the Paleo plan for me is the idea of “no portion control”…. so to speak, i realize with nuts and some carb veggies there is an exception. I love to eat! Does this apply only to people who are strictly following Paleo? I plan on following the plan as closely as is recommended but i’m allowing myself a few exceptions when the urge hits for yogurt or maybe a baked potato…
    I really hope this all makes sense. I’m tired of feeling bloated and yucky and if i can start now, i’m hoping it will be a lot easier to follow once the baby comes. A good friend of mine shared Paleo with me and loves it. I have done diets like Weight Watchers which has worked for me but once i got to my goal weight i had trouble feeling satisfied with the portion sizes i had to follow, i felt like i was constantly starving!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, i just love what you are doing!

  3. says

    Sounds great! I actually make a semi-similar breakfast dish. I take a 1lb of bacon, chop into 1/2″ pieces (or so) then saute it up till almost crispy. Then I add a 1/2 head of cabbage shredded and cook until tender. Then add in 12-18 eggs and cook thoroughly. It is delish! Now, I am cooking for 8 people so it may be more than you want. But it is great!

    I can’t wait to whip this up – maybe tomorrow :)


  4. Michele says

    I’ve been trying out some of your recipes and so far I LOVE THEM! I love how simple and tasty they are. My husband and I made this one for dinner tonight and it was great. I can’t wait for your book.

  5. says

    Recipe looks delicious! I just want to thank you for the great example you set for the “really-busy-moms/adults” out there. I always reference you and your site as my proof that this lifestyle is more than possible with kids and a life (and that they love it too!). Your recipes make my newspaper columns often too out here in West TN! :)

    Thanks so much! Keep up the great work!

  6. erin says

    Food does taste better going paleo. The pantry lists you have posted in the past are really helpful, since sometimes plans can go awry, there are plenty of ings. to throw a delicious paleo meal together, thus keeping everyone on track. Can’t wait to try this new recipe!

  7. Jayne says

    Hey Sarah I’m having trouble finding coconut oil. Is it at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods? Or is there anything I can sub for it? THanks!

  8. Lisa Harris says

    This was FABULOUS! I made mine with beef and red cabbage. It was supper easy and very tasty. I thank you for all your recipes. It has helped me keep my family eating the correct foods.

  9. says

    I doubled the recipe for dinner last night and it was a huge success. However, I think it was even better this morning for leftovers. Super yummy!

  10. Jeannine says

    Easy, fast, & yummy! I doubled the recipe using 1 lb lamb & 1lb grass-fed beef with Italian seasoning while browning, added minced garlic too (I add to most everything, I’m a garlic addict!). Followed the rest of the recipe as directed using grass-fed butter. Delicious!!! Thanks as always for awesome meal ideas.

  11. Kellie says

    Just made this for my family tonight – very, very yummy! Husband asked me to make again – always a good indicator… Thanks for another great recipe Sarah.

  12. Hillary Crump says

    I just made this recipe for our paleo dinner group. Two of my friends and I take turns making dinner Tuesday-Thursday. We drop it off at each others house. This was dinner tonight. It tasted fantastic. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I love how mild the cabbage tasted and how much flavor the onions added.

  13. Martha Schuh says

    Oh My Goodness! This recipe was great. I am new to your site and this is the first recipe I tried. Easy, delicious, strap on the feed bags!

  14. Nikki Burke says

    Omggggg! Loved this tonight after the work out. Easy peasy, quick and delish. Thought it was a lot of onion but it w perf! Used Italian sausage which has fennel seed in it plus added a bit of cayenne. Used coconut oil for the fat….. Happy momma;)

  15. Boya says

    Delicious dinner, thank you for great recipes!
    This one has truly reminded me home as in Czech the combination of pork and cabbage is a must!

  16. Samantha Day says

    Another big hit at our house. We love your recipes, especially me. I tend to get in a rut and going through your recipes helps me try different combinations. Thank you so much.

  17. Georgia says

    mmmm. HUGE hit with my husband and two-year-old. Just made the sausage and cabbage part – used turkey sausages. Served with glazed carrots and parsnips (butter and lemon juice glaze). Thanks again for another easy and yummy meal.

  18. says

    Made this for lunch today because I thought it would be something new and simple to try and YOWZA! It was so delicious! I think I might start my own love affair with cabbage. Thanks for finally forcing me to buy carraway seed — it’s one of those spices I see on occasion and think “oops, don’t have that. can’t make it” — so I finally got some and, speaking of love affairs, is reminding me of the one I used to have with rye bread. I feel like I’ll never have to miss it again! :) Anyway, thanks for this. Well and of course all of the other recipes I have used and loved but never commented about!

    • Sarah says

      Thank you so much Holly! I like you never knew what the heck to to with caraway seed or never had it on hand and since I started using it a couple of years ago it has opened up a whole new spice world. Spices rock!

  19. Alice says

    I have questions in regards to coconut oil use on the Paleo plan. According to the book, coconut oil is a “bad” oil since it’s saturated – I don’t agree with that though since I’ve done extensive research on coconut oil and found that it’s extremely good for you, especially since it’s an MCT and works like a carb in your system. Anyway, I noticed that you use it along with coconut flour and just wondered if it’s ok to use even though I still have 20 lbs to lose. Thanks so much for your help. I love your website and I’ve just printed out several recipes to try. I can’t wait to make your Chicken Salad!

  20. Jackie says

    I just made this tonight and my husband and I love it. Additionally this was sooo easy to make. Two thumbs up. Way up!!

  21. Bethany says

    Sarah, I made this for my family tonight. They about inhaled it!! It will be going into our “go-to” list of recipes for sure. My husband also figured we could make this when we go camping – the prep work would be easy.

    Thank you for posting this. In fact, we’re enjoyed every recipe I’ve made from your site!

  22. Rachel Heisig says

    We just had this for dinner tonight and it was a HUGE hit with everyone from my husband to my 3 boys (ages 6, 5, 1). Thank you so much for sharing! My 1 year old son is my cooking “helper” and as he was standing on a chair at the counter, munching on the raw red onion slices and cabbage slices while I was preping food, it made me think of your little cooking assistant and sampler, Rowan =)

    • Sarah says

      I love it Rachel – Rowan tends to eat more helping me then he sometimes does at the actual dinner table! LOL!

  23. Anna says

    Loved this! made both recipes and they were a big hit. This will definitely go on my “easy-standby” meals list.

  24. Tim Martin says

    Pretty good, but I’ll skip the caraway next time. Perhaps its because I went with ground chicken, but I just cannot get into that taste. Instead, I could see some crushed red pepper (or Sriracha “Rooster” sauce) and garlic doing alright in here.

    Thanks for exposing me to a solid meal. Haven’t used cabbage…practically ever.

  25. Michelle says

    Hi there. New to paleo and loving your blog! Quick question, where do you get your pork sausage? All the sausages at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have Dextrose. Thanks for your help!

  26. Danene says

    Wow, this was a wonderful meal! The fried apples were a great dessert… My husband felt like he was eating crustless apple pie. The cabbage dish even made tasty leftovers! We are fairly new to Paleo, so thanks for the great recipes!

    • Sarah says

      I think it would freeze just fine, just be sure to defrost it in the fridge and then just reheat in a hot skillet!

  27. Melissa says

    My new favorite comfort food meal!! Thanks Sarah, my husband and I fell in love with these recipes last night, so yummy!!

  28. Janine Carney says

    Your recipes are hands down, my favorite! I just tried this one tonight and it was delicious! I used Trader Joe’s tomato and basil chicken sausage though. Amazing! The apples were the perfect addition!

  29. Danetha says

    Funny story about the sausage and cabbage dish. The other week, we had a breakfast at my office. It included the usual culprits (donut holes, bagels, cookies, etc) so in order to hang out with everyone and not end up eating any of those items, I brought some sausage and cabbage noodles. I had no idea that I would be the talk of the room. Almost everyone wanted to know what I was eating! Several people said “Why didn’t you bring any for us?” And these are non-Paleo people! It gave me a great opportunity to talk about Paleo and visually show people the great foods I get to eat everyday.

    This recipe is one of my breakfast staples, and next time we have an office potluck, I know what I will be making!

  30. Elizabeth says

    I’m making your sausage and cabbage noodles for the second time tonight. I made it last week and I’m really looking forward to eating it tonight. It’s so quick and easy!

  31. Missy says

    Amazing! Another happy supper in our home. Delicious – thank you Sarah! Pants don’t fit anymore. Seriously. Had to go get all my pants altered tonight AND buy some new pairs. I’m swimming in all my clothes – and this – just 12 days into eating Paleo! At this rate, I’ll be altering again in a month. Eating this way is changing my life by the minute. People at work are starting to ask questions about what I’m doing. It’s you Sarah! Thank you so much. I want everybody to get the chance to feel this good.

  32. says

    If you need a naughty little treat, buy dairy or coconut milk icecream and add Sara’s fried apple recipe on top of icecream. It tastes like apple a la mode. Yummy.

  33. Sara Ross Towne says

    Been wanting to try this for a while and we finally did this week!! :) So yummy! And we will get to enjoy it again with the leftovers!

  34. Sarah Nepon says

    Hi Sarah =)
    My husband and I are failry new to Paleo and tried this the other night. It was awesome!!!! It fit all my criteria for a week night meal, easy, quick, inexpensive and incredibly tastey!!! Your website has been a great help in teaching us how to cook paleo friendly meals. Thank you!!

  35. Charlotte says

    Oh wow that was DELICIOUS! I used pork and apple sausages (skinned) from the freezer instead of doing the apple side as I’ve already had a bit of fruit today (only a little bit of apple in them). It was fabulous, can’t wait to dig into the left overs at lunch tomorrow.

  36. Christina says

    Thank you for this fantastic recipe! I’ve adapted it into what I call “Paleo Hash”, which has become a staple in our house for a quick lunch or dinner. I add grated carrots, a handful of golden raisins, a dash of cumin, and top the whole thing with chopped cashews for a little extra crunch. Delicious!

  37. courtney says

    We don’t really do any eating lifestyle. I have a local csa and try to cook seasonally with as much local stuff as possible. I’ve never read of a paleo diet before but this was a great meal. I’ve got enough left to freeze for another night as well. Thanks for the good recipe!

  38. Kelly says

    Huge success at my house! Everyone enjoyed all of it! They were all so full from the sausage and cabbage they hardly had room for the apples, so some of the apples became part of lunch the next day. My kids are waiting for me to make more fried apples already- It’s only been two days!

  39. Levon Stokes says

    I modified the Sausage and cabbage noodles…..I used lean ground chuck, thin sliced cabbage for the noodles. Sprinkled Italian seasoning over the meat, salt and pepper to taste, and browned the meat. Then add the cabbage, chopped onion, and Ragu Sauce. Simmer all until the cabbage is tender…YUMMY!

  40. Toni says

    I made this tonight. It was a big hit among my 4 boys. I skipped the apples because I only have one. But the boys have asked me to make it again, so we’ll add the apples next time.

  41. Cera says

    This was soo good! My husband and I both loved it! I made it tonight exactly like the recipe (but added mushrooms). I even bought the caraway seeds (which I had no idea what they were before).
    Very very flavorful… Definitely would recommend and will make again!

  42. Dee Dee Nelson says

    … I just bought your book, “Everyday Paleo” and I have shared this recipe with many of my friends at work and on, many who are transitioning to the Paleo lifestyle…

    I am cooking the sausage right now and preparing this dish today!… I absolutely love this meal. I have been doing Paleo since June 2011 and I can honestly say that I really enjoy this lifestyle… Thanks for sharing your recipes!!!!
    ~ Dee

  43. Heidi DeSmet says

    This is one of our go to receipes. It is always good and can be made quickly. An added bonus is that is makes a great lunch the next day. I have done several modifications to it. Adding tomato sauce for a spaghetti like dinner, chipolte for a smokey flavor, I have even given it a Thai spin !!

  44. Catherine says

    3 weeks into going Paleo! So glad I found your blog!

    Used smoky paprika (pimenton) instead of regular and left out the caraway seeds since I didn’t have any on hand. It was pretty good but I used chicken sausage that I removed from the casing and it didn’t really crumble well. Next time I’ll try ground pork or chicken!

  45. Caroline says

    What do you think about using ground goat meat instead of sausage? I’ve never had it before but a guy down the street has some goats that are ready for processing. Should I try flavoring the goat meat with Italian spices while I sauté it?

    • Sarah says

      Hmmmm, I have never had ground goat meat before but I have had stewed goat meat and it’s good but very powerful! I think if you like goat meat, you’ll like it in this dish. I would season it with salt and pepper and then stick to the other spices in the dish and I think you’ll enjoy it that way. Good luck!

  46. Giddified says

    This was fabulous! My husband loved it, too. I followed the recipe exactly and it was really good. We’re already thinking of variations. This is a really versatile dish.

  47. Andi says

    This was soo delicious! Very easy too, I used chicken apple sausage instead, and it was great! Will make this again for sure.

  48. Maya says

    This looks awesome, but I don’t have any caraway seeds on hand. Any suggestions what I might use instead?

  49. Marie says

    Okay so this is my first paleo breakfast, I made the sausage cabbage noodle first and was so satisfied I completly forgot about the fried apple! Then as I was cleaning up I saw the fried apple recipe and HAD to try it, IT IS AMAZING! THERE IS NO WAY I CAN EAT THIS DELICOUS FOOD AND LOSE WEIGHT! It seriously was amazing! Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m going to attempt to make the mayo this afternoon and the Balsamic Mustard Chicken for dinner!

    • Sarah says

      So glad you liked the recipes!! : ) good luck with the mayo and I know you’ll love the Balsamic Mustard Chicken!

  50. Esther says

    Made this last night for the Hubs and myself and it was a HUGE hit! I cheated a bit and used the coleslaw package with cabbage and carrots in it already shredded/chopped. A real timesaver and the carrots in it tasted wonderful as well! Thanks for the recipe! This is going to become a regular in our meal planning!

  51. Ashley says

    I have made this several times but had some chicken/apple sausage and sweet yellow onion. Added garlic and pepper flakes…SO GOOD. Thanks for the great meals and motivation!

  52. says

    This was really tasty. I ended up making my own Italian sausage cause everything at the store had additives and sugar in it. Saved me the time of having to cut up links! :) I also didn’t use the butter. The fat from the pork was plenty! Thanks for the recipe!!

  53. Lisa says

    I used some garlic brats and chicken gizzards for the sausage. I had paprika that my hubbie brought me from Hungary and this was YUM!

  54. Sarah G says

    Sarah, your recipes are really wonderful and have been so helpful as my husband and I have recently started transitioning to a Paleo lifestyle. I made this last night (I used a mix of bratwurst and sausage as that was what I had on hand) and it was delicious, PLUS we had leftovers for lunch today. The BEST part, though, was the fried apples… wow, so good! Instead of using the coconut milk, I drizzled them with honey just before serving. Thank you again for the great recipes!

  55. says

    This looks so good! Just bought fresh cabbage from our local farm shop and was wondering what to try with it this time around…..I think we have just found the answer! Thanks for sharing!

  56. says

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was awesome! The only changes I made was leaving out the caraway seeds(didn’t have them at the time) & I used 1 tbsp of regular coconut milk because I only made a small serving for myself. I still can’t believe how good it was, I will be making this again and again!
    P.S I used spicy turkey sausage.

  57. Rachelle says

    My family loved this recipe! I used red cabbage and put mushrooms in the dish, which was great! Although I did drain the fat… Coconut oil was used though for the apples. Got to love those MCTs

  58. Michael says

    Got a cabbage in our Bountiful Baskets, so I googled paleo cabbage, and the recipe was close to the top. Seeing I had some sausage in the freezer… why not, it turned out great thanks for sharing

  59. Suzanne White says

    I couldn’t find shredded cabbage at my store that looked good so I purchased diced. It is on the stove cooking and smells…so…good. Cannot wait to try!

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