Oktoberfest Celebration: Winter Polska Kielbasa Stew with Hillshire Farm® #OktoberOnTheFarm

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Last month while we were in San Diego, my husband Xaver and one of our friends met up at a local brewery to pick up a few growlers of locally brewed beer. Xaver's had the beer sitting in the fridge for a month now and with it being October, I knew it was the perfect time to start sampling the beers he chose. I know the perfect meal for sampling Xaver's beers: Winter Polska Kielbasa Stew made with Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa.  With Oktoberfest around the corner, fall is here and the crisp air makes my family yearn for hearty dishes like this one. This stew goes great with beer for the adults and apple cider for the kids and makes a great easy one-pot dinner. The leftovers heat up well for lunch the next day!

kielbasa stew

Oktoberfest is a traditional autumn festival held in Munich, Germany, every October that features beer-drinking, merrymaking, and lots of sausage. Everyone celebrates Oktoberfest with fun, food, and family to welcome in fall and to, well, drink beer. A few years ago, we met up with friends at an Oktoberfest celebration at the Pomona Fairgrounds and had a blast! I think Xaver still has the collectible beer mug from that trip somewhere around here. Xaver participated in a beer drinking contest, we played carnival games and danced around, we ate sausages and more sausages, and had a blast with our friends. The only bummer for me what that we couldn't include our kids. There's no reason why you can't celebrate Oktoberfest at home and have a small (or big) celebration of your own with good food, friends, and fun.

poska kielbasa stew

I love that this is a simple one-pot dish which makes clean up super easy. You can use any combination of root vegetables, squash, and frozen vegetables to customize this dish to your liking but the main component that gives it a creamy consistency are the potatoes and the Polska Kielbasa. For years my family has been choosing Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa when making this dish, as far as I can remember back.

kielbasa stew recipe Find-Hillshire-Farm-Polska-Kielbasa-in-Meat-Case-at-Walmart

We picked up all of the ingredients for this dish at our local Walmart, except for a few vegetables from my backyard garden. You can find Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa in the Meats Section of any Walmart – just look for the rope shaped sausage!

winter stew ingredients

Hillshire Farm® Rope Sausage is perfect for fall recipes like this one. I created a printable recipe card below so you can make this dish to enjoy with your favorite beers this Oktoberfest season:


Winter Polska Kielbasa Stew

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A hearty stovetop stew great for cold fall days and Octoberfest celebrations.

  • Author: Jennifer Priest
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 small red potatoes
  • 1 sweet potato (yam)
  • 67 small beets
  • 2 cups of carrots (baby carrots are fine)
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 small peppers
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. 1. cut all of the vegetables into 1″ pieces.
  2. 2. Parboil the potatoes to pre-cook them.
  3. 3. Slice the Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa into 3/4″ thick diagonal slices.
  4. 4. Add the olive oil and vegetables to a frying pan; cook on medium heat.
  5. 5. Add the Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa. Brown the Polska Kielbasa on the edge of the frying pan.
  6. 6. Cook until heated through and the vegetables are cooked to your liking.
  7. 7. Serve with a cold beer.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 159
  • Sugar: 9
  • Sodium: 209
  • Fat: 5
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 26
  • Protein: 4
  • Cholesterol: 6

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This dish really does go together super fast and easy. Check out this pinnable tutorial (CLICK TO PIN IT) here:

how to make stove top stew recipe

Thanks so much for stopping by! What are your Oktoberfest plans? Any favorite beer from local breweries in your area that you'd pair Polska Kielbasa with? Let me know in the comments! Find out more about Hillshire Farm® Rope Sausage here:

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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