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Slow Cooker Loaded Bratwurst Stew

This bratwurst stew is simple, light and healthy. Using a real bratwurst cooked in skillet adds a bit more flavor to the broth.

Loaded Bratwurst Stew | Kita Roberts

My comic shop is located in a college town. It makes for a diverse customer base from our long term locals, to the passing through collector. But for the past few weeks we have had an onslaught of atypical purchases. A wide variety of students have come in.  Primarily because they have an assignment in which they have to read a comic and assess if the rating on the cover is appropriate for the content within the pages. I really wish I could read a few of these papers when all this is said and done.

Seeing as we have had an influx of non-comic fans who still believe comics are read by scrawny kids with thick goggle-like glasses and the ‘comic shop guy’ from the Simpsons, you can imagine some of the things I have overheard. Sure, from day to day it can sound like an episode of The Big Bang Theory in here.

But some of the things I’ve recently overheard have me concerned for my future well being. From hearing how painful and arduous stepping foot into an actual comic shop is to one’s reputation, classy phone conversations about whether or not to ‘tap that’, to people asking me to do their homework for them. (Seriously, this one girl asked me to do her homework).

The winner though: “So, I was in Russia, ya know, with that thing, and I was trying to watch my shows, but they were all, like, in Russian.” How dare those Russians speak their native language on their public television system. Damn them.

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Loaded Bratwurst Stew | Kita Roberts

Am I happy that out of 250 students, a few of them may have discovered a comic shop. A place they can come and enjoy their hobby, or a place they may have never known about and want to come back to again. For the other 249, I can’t wait until this homework assignment is due.

Now, for some Loaded Bratwurst Stew

Loaded Bratwurst Stew | Kita Roberts

As for this stew, it doesn’t take a college education to figure this one out. It’s light and healthy. Feel free to add more seasonings to spruce up the flavor. Using a real bratwurst cooked in a skillet before adding it to the crock pot adds a bit more flavor to the broth.

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Yield: 4 servings

Slow Cooker Loaded Bratwurst Stew

Slow Cooker Loaded Bratwurst Stew

This bratwurst stew is simple, light and healthy. Using a real bratwurst cooked in skillet adds a bit more flavor to the broth.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 lb smoked bratwurst, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 4 cups sliced cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red potatoes
  • 3/4 cups diced red pepper
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tbs spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tbs cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp celery seeds
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
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  1. Sear bratwurst in a hot skillet until browned on edges.
  2. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.
  3. Ladle into bowls and serve with Swiss cheese on top if desired.


from BHG Special Interest Mag Soups

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 548Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 1243mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 25g

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Randal The Novice Cook

Thursday 12th of May 2022

This recipe looks interesting-but I recently did another slow cooker brat stew. That one was simmered in V-8 over the 7 hours. After 7 hours, I ended up with tasteless, mushy brats. Any suggestions to keep that from happening again?


Friday 13th of May 2022

Hey Randal, Oh, we have ALL been there. The crock pot is an amazing tool.... and then, it's not. My first question would be, since they all run at different temps, does the temp on the slow cooker need to be turned down on yours? First, I'd test if it's running hot. Then, I would alter recipes for the slow cooker you have and how it cooks. Option one, lower temp on the slow cooker if that's an option. Option two, If the brats we're mushy at 7 hours in your last go around, check this recipe after 3 and make sure the brats have cooked to 160F. Continue to check for doneness every 45 minutes or so, until you're happy with the texture (does take some of the hands-off enjoyment from a crockpot tho). Option three, keep the time the same for the other ingredients but cook the brats on the stove, grill or oven and add them in at the end (this would also add a depth to the soup). Let's conquer this recipe and get you leveled up in the kitchen! Excited to hear how it turns out for you.


Wednesday 20th of February 2013

This looks so delicious! Perfect for this time of year. :)

claire @ the realistic nutritionist

Wednesday 20th of February 2013

I love me a slow roasted sausage ;)

Belinda @zomppa

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

But the energy of the kids is fun! Do like living in college towns...and bratwurst!

Kim's Random Lifew

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

This is going on my trial run list for St. Patrick's Day! I have 2 new (vintage, but new to me) soup tureens, and this is going in one of them this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

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