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.

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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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.
4.48 from 17 votes
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Author: Kita Roberts
7 hours 20 minutes
Serves: 4 servings


  • 1 lb smoked bratwurst - cut into ½" pieces
  • 4 cups sliced cabbage
  • 1 ½ cups chopped red potatoes
  • ¾ cups diced red pepper
  • 1 medium onion - diced
  • 1 tbs spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tbs cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seeds
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth


  • Sear bratwurst in a hot skillet until browned on edges.
  • Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.
  • Ladle into bowls and serve with Swiss cheese on top if desired.


from BHG Special Interest Mag Soups


Serving: 1g | Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 1243mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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  1. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I don't envy you for being in a college town. But the real reason I'm here... this stew! The Mr would LOVE it!

  2. Stew looks incredible! It's been so cold it would be the perfect meal to warm everyone up. We also live a college town, and anxiously wait for them to leave every year! You can always tell when they start arriving, the accidents increase and driving on College Rd, becomes way too dangerous.

    1. I could rant for hours about how annoying the kids are... It really drives me crazy.

  3. Rebecca @ Pavlova's Dog says:

    Oh man, this post has been sitting in my google reader for a while now, lonely and unread, because I kept skimming the title as 'beetroot stew'. And I'm ALWAYS on board with your flavour ideas, but slow-cooker beetroot stew I just couldn't get behind. Then, when I realised it was bratwurst - hurray! Yes, this looks lovely!

    And what a cool assignment to have been given! What subject do they do? (My degree is in History of Art so I'm totally fascinated by this idea)!

    1. I have no idea what class it's for. Based on the class size, I'm thinking a 100 level but they haven't said which.

  4. Rebecca @ Pavlova's Dog says:

    Um, just saw that this was only posted today. Wow. How many times have I refreshed my RSS feed today to have repeatedly read the title wrong? Shame on me, on many levels.

    1. Haha, I wish there was an edit on comments! I can make myself look like such a tool sometimes 😀

  5. Kim's Random Lifew says:

    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!

  6. Belinda @zomppa says:

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

  7. claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    I love me a slow roasted sausage 😉

  8. This looks so delicious! Perfect for this time of year. 🙂

  9. This recipe is amazing! I had a recipe that was almost exactly the same for years and I went to make it last year and the site it was on now makes you pay for it. I was so happy I found yours! I did adjust the seasoning in the broth by doubling it and it came out perfect. My 1 and 1/2 year old even asked for a second bowl! This is one of my all time favorite comfort foods! Thank you again!

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