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Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage

Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage is loaded with both cabbage and slices of smoked sausage. A little cream adds some richness to this comforting, hearty soup that’s perfect for a winter meal.

Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage in a large pot.

It’s full of chunks of potato, carrots, and onion and is really more of a stew than a soup. Serve with cornbread or fresh bread for a filling meal.

I’m actually not a huge fan of soup, but once the dreary winter weather arrives, I do crave a hot bowl of soup every now and then.

Cabbage, however, I’m a huge fan of. This Cabbage and Noodles recipe is one of my favorite comfort foods and I also love this Sweet and Sour Cabbage recipe.

I love the way cabbage tastes in a soup. It soaks up the other flavors so well and it’s a natural choice for pairing with smoked sausage.

Close-up of cabbage soup in pot.

Easy To Make

This is a really simple soup to make. Garlic, onion, carrot, dried thyme, chicken bouillon, a little brown sugar, and caraway seeds (optional) flavor the soup. The ingredient list is fairly long, but this recipe can be made in under 30 minutes if you prep as you cook.

Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage Storage

Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

Next time you need to warm your belly, try a bowl of this Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage.

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Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage

A creamy and hearty soup loaded with cabbage and smoked sausage.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 35 minutes
SERVINGS: 6 servings


  • 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
  • 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


  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven. Add sausage and cook until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add butter to the grease in the Dutch oven and cook carrots and onion over medium-heat until soft. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  • Add cabbage and cook and stir for a minute or two, until the cabbage wilts some.
  • Add potatoes, chicken broth, water, bouillon cube, and brown sugar.
  • Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until potatoes are soft.
  • Add sausage, black pepper, caraway seeds, thyme, and heavy cream. Bring to a simmer. Serve.


Calories: 324kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sausage

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Originally posted December 28, 2016.


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53 thoughts on “Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage”

  1. Lesley Henry

    Searched many similar recipes and picked this one….its good and I was excited to find a use for caraway seeds, impressed! Would probably cut back on the brown sugar and add some salt maybe at least a teaspoon, overall very good though!

  2. Excellent. The only change we made: We took out 1/3 of the soup, before adding the sausage, and blended/pureed it. Then put it back in the pot. It gave it a really nice consistency.

  3. This was amazingly delicious! I was apprehensive because my husband dislikes any cabbage recipes I make but since it had sausage I figured he would eat it regardless… HE LOVED IT!!! Thank you so much!

    1. I did use the crock pot. cooked on high to start, the 3 hrs on high. until carrots were tender. I forgot brown sugar.

  4. Marcia Little

    Oh lawdy is this good, I cook for six, so used the family package of smoked sausages from Eckrich. It has 3 sausages in it, used two heads of cabbage, mmmm mmmm. I think the secret is to get the sausage nicely browned so that when it goes back in it adds a little color to the stock, really good recipe.

  5. When I make cabbage soup with celery onion and garlic and anything else I might put in ham sausage pepper what ever make lots when done put into Zip lock bags and put in freezer stay good 4 to 5 months should be gone by then winter over

      1. Use full fat coconut milk in can, thai kitchen is a good brand. Or a plant based creamer from the dairy section.

    1. Phil Galucki

      In the past, I’ve added a nice brown ale. No cream. I also use sweet Italian sausage instead of keobasa.


    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Yes, I think it might work woth cream cheese. I might have to try that myself. I’m intrigued!

    1. Yes, I did not use the cream, it was very tasty soup and cabbage was done perfectly. Victoria

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