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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. I’ve made this recipe four times in three years and my grandkids and l really enjoy it. Great recipe

  2. Make this all the time and family LOVES it. This is my go to for the beginning of winter and end of winter or early spring. Even though cabbage is not a popular item to freeze I always freeze some of this for spring or fall cold when soup is just what is needed.

  3. This is so delicious. I made it with the smoke kielbasa and I’ve made it with loose Italian sausage. Both good.

  4. This soup was very good. I added 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes for a little heat. Next time I’ll add an additional 8 ounces of smoked sausage.

  5. This cabage and sausage Soup can it be made using a crock pot, instead of dutch oven, i dont own. Thank you. Much. Joe F.

  6. My husband and I liked but felt like it needed a little “heat” to make it spicy. Any ideas what to add to the recipe to give it a “kick?”

  7. You had me, until the last ingredient (heavy cream) come on girl, there must be a healthier way to go by subbing something for this. Please, any suggestions? Great recipe with that exception, thank you for any input.

  8. Yes I made it, tonight. The recipe was easy to follow. I loved it, although Italian sausage was one lb of hot, and one lb of sweet. The hot, was a little too hot, I did not add potatoes. I ate it for supper, by the third bite I was used to the burn. I used a whole head of cabbage, and caraway seeds, I will use a little more caraway. I did not use heavy cream. Thank you for recipe.
    I will make it again.

  9. Tasty tasty… relatively easy to pull together and absolutely perfect for a very fallish day in the mountains of colorado

  10. Hi Christin,
    Can this be made in an instant pot? I love using it but am not sure how long to cook the cabbage.
    Thank you,

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