Peas and Cabbage Stew

Groch z kapustą

Phrase “peas and cabbage” in Polish common language is defined as mixing two things which do not match. Peas and cabbage stew is not a mess, try:)

Historically in Poland cabbage is one of the most popular vegetables. It is cheap, so it’s available for poor people. Is easy to store during winter, so can be used during the whole year. For years people in Poland use it widely, so we have many traditional dishes with cabbage as ingredient.

Peas and cabbage stew appears on official list of traditional polish cuisine of Łódź voivodeship, but is known in the whole country. Can be prepared as fast dish with fried onion, or with greaves.

Peas and cabbage stew served in a bowl


  • 200 g dried peas
  • 500 g sauerkraut
  • 1 large onion
  • pepper, marjoram

Dried peas leave in the water for the night. Next day change the water, bring to boil and simmer for an hour. I used peas halves- they can be cooked without presoaking in water.

Cut sauerkraut, cover with hot water and boil it for 30 minutes until it’s cooked.

Chop and saute onion in the pan.

Mix cooked peas, sauerkraut and onion, season with pepper and marjoram. Peas and cabbage stew is ready!

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8 thoughts on “Peas and Cabbage Stew”

  1. Carol Pierpont

    Fresh cabbage, sauerkraut or both? photos look like fresh shredded cabbage but recipe says sauerkraut. Thank you for your recipes.

  2. Carol Pierpont

    Fresh cabbage, sauerkraut or both? photos look like fresh shredded cabbage but recipe says sauerkraut.

  3. My family has had sourkraut & peas for years as part of our Christmas Eve meal, something my Mom’s family always did. Only variation is that we always use canned green peas and I don’t season w/ marjoram.

  4. WE serve this sauerkraut-yellow pea stew as one of our Christmas Eve supper soups. The other is also made with sauerkraut and hydrated dried mushrooms instead of the peas. We also incorporate a roux in both to give them a creamy-type feel.Young and old love them and look forward to them each year.Sometimes we make them at other times,too.

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