Desserts, Food, Pork, Recipes, Vegetables

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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Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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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??

    1. 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. 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. This looks good. I really love the new print feature. It makes it so easy to try your tasty recipes.

  6. Sounds like a great combo! I love cabbage, it’s so versatile and strong.

  7. That looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  8. I’m having a love affair with cabbage right now. Can’t wait to try this out!

  9. 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!

    1. Awesome Gerilyn, thank you so much!!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

    1. Lisa Harris says:

      I got mine in the health food section of Fred Meyer. I hope you find some soon.

    2. You should be able to find it at whole foods, but Trader’s does not carry it unfortunately. You can also order it from my store if you like! It’s so worth having and so so good for you!! In the meantime, you can sub grass fed butter or clarified butter or ghee for the coconut oil if you like! Here’s a link to my store that has the coconut oil I mentioned.

      1. Christal Widman says:

        Believe it or not, WalMart has a huge jar of it for a great price, if you are willing to shop there, it is the best deal I have seen on the market.

    3. Martha Schuh says:

      You can find Coconut Oil at You can buy in quantity there and it is something I use all the time. Also great as a skin moisturizer.

    4. Jason says:

      Its also at Sprouts and Walmart

  12. This was delicious, my kids loved it too.

    1. Glad everyone liked it!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

    1. Yum, I wish we would have had leftovers, what an awesome breakfast!!

  15. 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.

  16. Mmmmm that was so good. I just had it for dinner. Now I’m trying not to eat all of it so I don’t have to make lunch tomorrow haha

  17. i’ve got some Kangaroo mince at home that i might use for this, hope it tastes nice.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

    1. LOL!! I love it! Thank you!

  21. 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;)

    1. Sarah says:

      So glad you liked it Nikki!! I made it again for breakfast yesterday. : )

  22. 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!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thank you Boya, so glad you liked it!

  23. 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.

  24. Jennifer says:

    Added a can of tomatoes = cabbage rolls.

    1. Sarah says:

      You got it! : )

  25. 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.

    1. Sarah says:

      Love the glazed carrot and parsnip idea Georgia, yum!!!

  26. 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!

    1. 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!

  27. 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!

  28. 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!!

    1. Sarah says:

      Awesome Jackie, so glad you both loved it!!

  29. 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!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thank you Bethany! : )

  30. 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 =)

    1. Sarah says:

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

  31. Anna says:

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

  32. This was just delicious! Can’t wait to tell my Paleo friends about it! Thanks!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thank you MM!! : )

  33. Lacey says:

    I love the last picture…WHAT A CUTIE!!! (Making the sausage & cabbage tonight 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Lacey! : )

  34. Hi! I do not follow the Paleo Diet, but have one filled with intolerances and restrictions so I frequent your blog often. I tried this recipe out (with a few small alterations) – it was a big hit! Thanks for sharing – you make healthy eating seem so enjoyable 🙂

    Our Sausage & Cabbage Dinner:

    1. Sarah says:

      Awesome Allison, thanks for sharing!!

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

    1. Sarah says:

      So glad you both liked it Danene!! Thank you!! : )

  38. Jenny says:

    Would this freeze well?? I want to cook a bunch of things ahead and freeze.

    1. 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!

  39. Melissa says:

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

    1. Sarah says:

      Thank you! I really love this one too… : )

  40. 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!

  41. 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!

    1. Sarah says:

      AWESOME AWESOME!! I love hearing these sorts of stories!! Thank you Danetha!!

  42. 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!

    1. Sarah says:

      So glad you like this dish Elizabeth!

  43. Julie says:

    Made the sausage and cabbage noodles last night soooo GOOD!

    1. Sarah says:

      Glad you liked it Julie! ONe of my favorites too….

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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!!

  48. 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.

  49. 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!

  50. 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!

  51. 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!

  52. 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!

  53. 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.

    1. So glad you all liked the dish! This is one of our favorites too. : )

  54. 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!

  55. 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

  56. 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 !!

  57. 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!

  58. 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?

    1. 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!

  59. 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.

  60. The sausage recipe just didn’t do it for me. I found it bland (even using hot Italian sausage, not the mild it called for), and very greasy.

    However, I loved the apples! I will make that again, and pass the recipe along to family! Delish!!!

  61. 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.

  62. Audrey says:

    Yum! I made this with a package of kielbasa and it was delicious! Thank you!

  63. Maya says:

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

    1. Sarah says:

      You can use fennel or just leave it out and it will still be yummy!

  64. 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!

    1. Sarah says:

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

  65. 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!

  66. 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!

  67. 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!!

  68. 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!

  69. 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!

  70. 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!

  71. 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.

    1. Sarah says:

      Nice!! Glad you enjoyed it! I love this dish too, one of my faves!

  72. 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

  73. 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

    1. Nice! Glad you enjoyed the recipe! : )

  74. 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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