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Saube with Italian Sausage
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Sauerkraut Sausage & Beans or Saube for short as I like to call it, is an excellent and classic meal that just hits the spot sometimes. With Sweet Molasses Baked Beans and Savory Sausages or Hot Dogs with the Sour Sauerkraut to wash the palate, these flavors just synchronize into a wonderful, satisfying meal.

This is a regular dish in our house. Not only because of the Flavor combining between these three simple ingredients. But the health benefits too, with a good amount of fiber coming from the Beans and the huge health benefits of a Homemade Sauerkraut.

Sauerkraut is an all around natural Probiotic that is more effective than store bought probiotics. You can’t really get any better than Natural Fermentation. You can do this yourself and it’s super easy. Make this a regular, and you will notice health benefits and overall wellness. It’s just good for the Gut and a feel good meal.


Pick any kind you want, but get a good quality one. Stop by your local butcher shop and start experimenting. Maybe this week is Italian Sausage. Next week is Oktoberfest, Bratwurst, Bangers or even Hot Dogs. Keep your taste buds surprised.

Italian Sausages


Use 1 -2 Sausages per person.

Original Prime Angus Gold Label Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs

I guess these are technically Sausages. But I treat them like Hot Dogs and they’re really good. Remove the skins/casings to fry them up in the pan with a bit of fat.

How to Cook Sausages

Since this recipe is using Sausages with Baked Beans. Cook the Sausages in the skillet. After the Sausages are removed, add in the Beans with the rendered fat and fond from the Sausages. The Beans boil almost immediately or within a few seconds. Making this available pretty much right after the Sausages are done. Served Quick & Hot with Cold Homemade Sauerkraut on the side for a Quick Meal.

Skillet Sausages

No fat is needed when making Skillet or Stove Top Sausages. The Sausages themselves contain sufficient fat. The Sausages should be oozing clear fat that keeps the Sausages basted, dripping into the pan for browning the Sausages. Internal temp will range from 165 F – 170 F.

Saube with Italian Sausage

Stove Top Sausages

Place Sausages into a Cold Pan over medium low heat and cover. Leave for about 5 minutes. Flip the Sausages over, cover and cook another 5 minutes. Uncover and raise the heat to medium to Brown the Sausages, another 5 minutes.

Hot Dogs & Sauerkraut with Baked Beans

Instead of Sausages, you can use Hot Dogs and fry them in the pan with a bit of Oil until crisp to your liking. Plate them and add the Beans to the hot skillet.

Saube with Prime Angus Hot Dogs

Beans & Hotdogs

Whole Hot Dogs Fried in Fat over medium heat.

Beans & Hotdogs with Sauerkraut

Beans & Sliced Hotdogs

You can also slice the hot Dogs to fry in fat and then add the Beans right in with the Hot dogs like the Beans & Hotdogs recipe.


Don’t buy the store stuff, these are pasteurized and contain no real health benefits. It is convenient, I know, but nothing beats Homemade Sauerkraut. It doesn’t really take much time, either. A jar of Homemade Sauerkraut can be put together in about 30 minutes and is really easy. It’s just the waiting time that takes the longest. The longer the ferment, the more sour.

After that, you just refrigerate it. Use it for this Saube recipe, on Hot Dogs, Burgers, Sandwiches, and other dishes or just to take a spoonful every day for optimal gut health.

Fresh made Sauerkraut

Homemade Sauerkraut

Homemade Sauerkraut is loaded with Probiotics, easy to make and as sour as you want it. The more sour, the healthier.

It’s also a palate cleanser between the Sausages or Hot Dogs & Beans.

Baked Beans

If you’re up for Homemade Beans, check out my recipe for Baked Beans or BBQ Baked Beans. You can make these up the day before and just reheat them for this meal.

Buying canned Beans is much faster and if you already have the Sauerkraut made up, you can have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less.

Sprague Maritime Baked Beans

Canned Baked Beans

Maritime Baked Beans by Sprague are pretty good.

Saube Dipping Sauces

I like mine with a dollop of HP Sauce & Ketchup on the side for dipping. But any of the below can be served with the Saube.

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • HP Sauce
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Honey Mustard
  • Spicy Ketchup (Ketchup & Sriracha)
Saube with Italian Sausage

Sauerkraut, Sausage and Beans

Sauerkraut Sausage & Beans or Saube for short as I like to call it, is an excellent and classic meal that just hits the spot sometimes. With Sweet Molasses Baked Beans and Savory Sausages or Hot Dogs with the Sour Sauerkraut to wash the pallet, these flavors just synchronize into a wonderful, satisfying meal.
Servings: 2 portions
Prep5 minutes
Cook 15 minutes


  • 1 Skillet


  • 2-4 Italian Sausages - or other kinds. Optionally, use 2 Hot Dogs per serving
  • 1/2 C Sauerkraut Recipe - per portion
  • 1 Can Baked Molasses Beans - or Homemade, see notes


  • Skillet Sausages: Place the Sausages into a cold skillet over medium low heat and cover. No fat is needed, the Sausages contain plenty of fat. After 5 minutes, flip them over, cover and cook another 5 minutes. After a total of 10 minutes, turn the heat to medium and uncover to brown the Sausages for another 5 minutes.
    The juices should be running clear, basting the Sausages and adding fat to the pan for good browning.
    Hot Dogs: Add a bit of Oil to the Skillet and fry the Hot Dogs over medium heat until crisp to your liking.
  • Once the Sausages or Hot Dogs are cooked and plated. Place the Beans into the Skillet and mix. It will come to a boil almost immediately. Optionally, add a bit of Molasses for a stronger and deeper taste. Mix well and plate.
  • Plate the Sauerkraut with the Sausage/s & Beans. Optionally with sauce on the side.


For Homemade Beans, use either BBQ Baked Beans or Baked Beans in Molasses.
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Canadian, German
Keywords: Saube, Sausage and Beans, Sausage and Sauerkraut
Author: JAH

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