Hearty Sausage and Beans

*10 Ing. or Fewer *Gluten-Free–Optional
Makes 12 servings
Prep. Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 2–4 hours Ideal slow-cooker size: 6-qt.
Needed at Time of Preparation:
2 quarts sauerkraut, drained, with ½ cup juice reserved *make sure yours is gluten-free to make this recipe gluten-free
1 lb. smoked sausage, cut into small pieces *choose a gluten-free brand to make this recipe gluten-free
½ medium onion, chopped
3 15½-oz. cans pinto or navy beans
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup ketchup
¼–½ tsp. coarsely ground pepper
Preparation Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a gallon-sized freezer bag and gently smoosh around.
  2. Remove as much air as possible and seal bag.
  3. Label the bag with the information below, then freeze.
    TIP: If 12 servings are just too much for you, either split the recipe between 2 freezer bags or make it all and freeze the leftovers into portions appropriate for your family.
    Information for Freezer Bag:
    Makes 12 servings
    Cooking Time: 2–4 hours Ideal slow-cooker size: 6-qt.


  1. Thaw bag completely for 24–48 hours or more.
  2. Empty contents of freezer bag into the crock.
  3. Cover. Cook on Low for 4 hours or on High 2 hours.

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