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Cabbage Soup

This Cabbage Soup recipe is easy to make on the stove top or in the Crock Pot! It includes a healthy assortment of vegetables, kielbasa, simple seasonings, and a super flavorful broth. It also makes a great freezer meal!

A red Dutch oven filled with Cabbage Soup with vegetables and Kielbasa.

Cabbage Soup

Cabbage Soup might not sound very exciting, but when you add Kielbasa to the mix, all of a sudden you have a protein-packed meal with the most flavorful broth ever! This soup is so forgiving, you can add in any combination of vegetables that you want, and it freezes really well.

Aside from kielbasa, you may choose to use ground sausage or sausage links, ground turkey, or ground beef! I just love using some kind of meat because not only does it make this soup more of a meal, but it also transfers a lot of flavor into the broth.

For even more protein, feel free to add beans to the mix too. Kidney beans, cannellini, and chickpeas all work perfectly.

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions. See notes section of the recipe card for the Crock Pot method.

Sauté the kielbasa, onions, carrots, and celery in butter and olive oil.

Add garlic, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and seasonings. 

Diced onions, carrots, celery, and kielbasa in a Dutch oven sauteed with garlic and tomato paste.

Add the cabbage, diced tomatoes, and V8. Stir to combine, then add the chicken broth.

 Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer with the lid partially cracked for 25 minutes. Serve!

A Dutch oven with chicken broth being added to Cabbage Soup.

Pro Tips

What to Add to Cabbage Soup

  • Meat: Ground Italian sausage, sausage links, ground turkey/chicken, shredded chicken, ground beef, ham, or a crispy bacon garnish.
  • Beans: Kidney beans, cannellini beans, or chickpeas all make great additions.
  • Vegetables: Green beans, peas, corn, and zucchini are delicious in this soup as well.
  • Rice or pasta can also be added, I recommend cooking it separately and adding it directly to serving bowls if you plan on having leftovers as it absorbs a lot of broth during storage. If you prefer to cook it in the soup, I would add 1 cup additional cup of broth.
  • Top this soup with Ranch Oyster Crackers for even more flavor!

The Cabbage Soup Diet

  • The cabbage soup diet is usually a week-long process during which time cabbage soup is eaten 2-3 times a day along with a limited list of other foods. It’s used as a quick weight-loss technique but isn’t meant to be a long-term sustainable diet.
  • Low fat meats are sometimes allowed to be included in the soup.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

A white crock with Cabbage Soup with a spoon and parsley on the side.

Tools For This Recipe

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  • 4.5 quart Dutch oven– this is what I use for this recipe. (Le Creuset is great quality, you’ll have it forever.)
  • Food Storage Containers– These are what I use, they fit exactly 1 cup and are leak proof, microwave safe, stackable, and BPA free.
  • Measuring Spoons I have these magnetic ones which stay nice and organized in my utensil drawer.
  • Pinch Bowls for measuring out seasonings ahead of time.
  • Chefs Knife– I have this one, it’s affordable but high quality.

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Cabbage Soup

5 from 3 ratings
This easy Cabbage Soup recipe is easy to make on the stove top or in the Crock Pot! It includes a healthy assortment of vegetables with optional additions that include kielbasa, ground beef, sausage, and more!

Ingredients

Seasonings

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

Soup

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 14 oz. kielbasa, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 3 cups green cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 oz. V8 juice, can sub tomato sauce
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • salt/pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Heat butter and olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Add the kielbasa, onions, carrots and celery. Sauté it for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and seasonings. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • Add the cabbage, diced tomatoes, and V8. Stir to combine.
  • Add the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes with the lid partially cracked. Taste, and season with salt/pepper if desired. Serve!

Notes

Crock Pot Method
  • Heat butter and olive oil in the slow cooker. Add the kielbasa, onions, carrots and celery, toss to coat. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8.

Pro Tips

Storage
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 818mg, Potassium: 398mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 2041IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 46mg, Iron: 2mg
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10 comments on “Cabbage Soup”

  1. Another keeper in our house! When asked what kind of soup I made, I said cabbage soup and got the “look” but after my hubs tried it he was wowed! Thanks again for another great soup!

  2. Tasty, as always! I was looking for a recipe to use up some groceries before going shopping. We had some collard greens that I sliced up and added; otherwise I followed the directions exactly.  

    • I’m so happy you liked this one Jennifer! When I told my husband and picky daughter I was making them Cabbage soup they said that sounds yucky😂, but I made them believers lol! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!

  3. This was light and delicious! I loved the addition of kielbasa, it made this so flavorful. Will definitely make again.

    • I am so happy to hear that Nancy!! I love the kielbasa in this too, it’s hard to beat! 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! -Stephanie

  4. could you use hamburg instead of kielbasa?

  5. What serving size is the nutritional value for?

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