cabbage soup with smoked sausage

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Warm, hearty, and comforting, Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage is a soul-soothing dish perfect for chilly days. Packed with flavor and wholesome ingredients, this soup is sure to become a favorite in your household.

Why Make This Recipe

Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage is a great way to enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal that’s easy to prepare. It combines the smoky richness of sausage with the sweetness of vegetables in a warm and satisfying broth. This recipe is perfect for cozy family dinners or meal prep for the week ahead.

How to Make Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage


  • 1/2 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 (16-ounce) package smoked Kielbasa sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 corn on the cob cut to large chunks
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small head green cabbage, chopped
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven. Add sausage and cook until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add butter to the grease in the Dutch oven and cook carrots, onion, corn over medium heat until soft. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

How to Serve Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage

Serve the soup hot in bowls, garnished with a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of fresh herbs like parsley. Pair it with crusty bread or a side salad for a complete and satisfying meal.

How to Store Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage

Allow the soup to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze for longer storage.

Tips to Make Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage

  • Adjust the seasoning to your taste by adding more pepper or herbs.
  • For a thicker broth, mash some of the potatoes into the soup.
  • To save time, use pre-cooked smoked sausage and pre-cut vegetables.


For a lighter version of this soup, use turkey or chicken sausage instead of smoked Kielbasa. You can also add more vegetables like bell peppers or celery for extra flavor and nutrition.


  1. Can I use a different type of sausage in this soup? Yes, feel free to substitute the smoked Kielbasa with your favorite sausage variety.
  2. Can I make this soup vegetarian? You can omit the sausage and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to create a vegetarian version of the soup.
  3. How can I make this soup gluten-free? Ensure the chicken bouillon cube and other ingredients used are gluten-free certified to make the soup suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.

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