Sausage, Potato, and Cabbage Soup

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A thick and hearty sausage, potato, and cabbage soup; a healthy recipe that is packed with flavorful ingredients! | #cabbage #soup #sausage #healthy #easy #quick #cabbagesoup #celery #carrots #potatoes

A thick and hearty sausage, potato, and cabbage soup; a healthy recipe that is packed with flavorful ingredients!

A thick and hearty sausage, potato, and cabbage soup; a healthy recipe that is packed with flavorful ingredients! | #cabbage #soup #sausage #healthy #easy #quick #cabbagesoup #celery #carrots #potatoes

Growing up my dad went through a phase where he wanted us kids to eat cabbage in some form every single day. He’d read something about the health benefits of cabbage and I’m certain he thought he could prevent us ever getting sick if we ate it constantly.

So he really did prepare cabbage in just about every way imaginable. We complained a lot at first, but over time we eventually got used to the taste.

The first time we ever ate cabbage willingly was in a soup very similar to this. One packed with veggies, red potatoes, ground beef, and Italian seasonings. His cabbage and red potato soup was a major hit with my family and I have actually been a cabbage fan ever since!

How do you make this Sausage, Potato, and Cabbage Soup?

  • Start by prepping all of the veggies you’ll add to this soup. There are quite a bit of veggies that get a coarse chop: celery, carrots, onion, red potatoes, and cabbage. If you want to cut down on prep time find a pre-chopped mirepoix (celery, carrots, and onion) in the produce section of your local grocery store.
  • Next, cook the sausage in a little bit of olive oil. I use turkey sausage to make this soup healthier but it’s okay to use other types to your liking. I slice the sausage in rounds, but chopping it up into smaller pieces is a great option too. Once the sausage is cooked, remove it to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb some of that excess oil.
  • Now it’s time to add in all those veggies you chopped. I use a little bit of oil + butter to saute the veggies in. Start with the onion, carrot, and celery. Once those are cooked down a bit add in some garlic. Lastly it’s time to add the cabbage. It’s going to feel like you’re adding way too much cabbage to the dish, but it cooks down a lot and it really is the base ingredient in the soup. I also add in some tomatoes — we love getting fire-roasted tomatoes from the grocery store because there is so much more flavor. Add in the seasonings, potatoes, the sausage you cooked earlier, and finally the stock.
  • And now it’s hands-off for a bit! While that soup is simmering you can make some easy sides to go along with the soup. Our favorites: this salad and some crusty sourdough bread!

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Sausage, Potato, and Cabbage Soup

4.88 from 25 votes
A thick and hearty sausage, potato, and cabbage soup; a healthy recipe that is packed with flavorful ingredients!
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Sausage, Potato, and Cabbage Soup

4.88 from 25 votes
A thick and hearty sausage, potato, and cabbage soup; a healthy recipe that is packed with flavorful ingredients!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Chelsea Lords
Calories 200kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 13 oz smoked sausage
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 of 1 small (3/4 cup) yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks (1/2 cup) celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 large (1 cup) carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3/4ths of 1 full small green cabbage, cut into bite-sized pieces (8 cups)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 lb. (3 cups) unpeeled baby red potatoes, diced
  • 5-7 cups Swanson chicken stock or broth
  • 2 teaspoons EACH: dried oregano, dried basil, Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Fine sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
  • Optional: fresh thyme
  • Serve with crusty sourdough bread!


  • Warm up 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large stockpot over medium-heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add in the sausage.* Cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally until the sausage is lightly browned. Transfer the sausage to a paper towel lined plate. Cover with foil and set aside. If there is extra oil left in the pot, drain anything over 1 tablespoon. If there isn't, add in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the butter.
  • Add in the diced onion, chopped carrots and sliced celery to the pot. Saute over medium heat for about 4-6 minutes and then add in the minced garlic. Saute for another minute and then add in the chopped cabbage. Stir to combine and ensure the bottom veggies aren't getting burned. Cook for another few minutes until the cabbage cooks down just a bit stirring frequently. Add the paprika, dried basil, dried oregano, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper (add to your preference, I add about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper remembering that stock has a good amount of salt in it)
  • Add the potatoes, fire-roasted tomatoes (undrained), stock (I start with 5 cups and add more as needed up to 7 cups), bay leaf, and cooked sausage. Stir to combine (add stock to just cover everything). Cook until the soup reaches a simmer, then cover the soup, and reduce the heat to medium low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed (any additional salt + pepper).
  • Serve with some crusty bread and fresh thyme as desired.


Recipe Notes

*You can slice the sausage into rounds like in my pictures, OR chop it into smaller pieces if you want a higher "sausage to soup bites" ratio.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 200kcal

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  1. This sounds super delicious! My dad too felt cabbage was an essential part in our diet, and my mother used it in many of her dishes. I need to try this recipe – thank you!

    1. 5 stars
      I reduced the stock in half and cooked in my electric pressure cooker for 10 minutes on high. Served over a bed of egg noodles. Awesome dinner.

        1. I haven’t personally tried it so I can’t say for sure, but I think it would be okay (a bit mushier than stovetop though!)

  2. In the recipe you say, “Cook for another few minutes until the cabbage cooks down just a bit stirring frequently,” but you had never said when to add the cabbage. Did you add it with the onion, celery, and carrots?

  3. 5 stars
    you didn’t mention how long to cook potatoes and when to add, don’t they need to cook or did you add them to carrots ect..?

  4. 4 stars
    I’ve been on a cabbage kick the past few months. This was very good. Next time I’ll try it with chicken stock rather than beef. (I use Better than Bouillon.) Also will try the fire-roasted tomatoes. I only had petite diced on hand.

  5. Hi, I was wandering if this could be cooked in a slow cooker? Or has anyone tried in the slow cooker, and if so how did it turn out? Thanks for any help you can give me.

  6. 5 stars
    Second time making this! Super delicious, budget friendly and for a single person like me, lots of leftovers to portion out and freeze for later! Yummy and healthy!!!

  7. 5 stars
    My 10 yo granddaughter said she doesn’t like cabbage or kielbasa, then ate TWO bowls! This is delicious. Didn’t have enough potatoes so used what I had and supplemented with a can of cannelloni beans. Turned out great—this is a keeper!

  8. 5 stars
    i really enjoyed the robust flavor of all my fresh veggies and it was so fulfilling. I LOVE IT,WILL MAKE IT AGAIN IN THE WINTER.

  9. I like hot and spicy. Can I use tomatoes with habanero peppers? Maybe add a yellow squash? ( I have one that needs to be eaten soon)

  10. 5 stars
    I just made this for lunch on a cool Saturday afternoon. Kids loved it! I didn’t have round sausages so I used ground pork sausage. Tastes great!

  11. 5 stars
    My family was very skeptical when they saw the cabbage. But my husband and kids (all picky eaters) absolutely loved this soup. The little bit of leftover we had my daughter even asked to take it to school. This recipe had an amazing outcome to my family. Thank you for sharing!

  12. 5 stars
    I made this today with broth I made from 3 chicken carcasses & I used smoked kielbasa sausage. Delicious! This one is a keeper.

  13. 5 stars
    Made this recipe today as I was looking for a recipe I liked with these headlined ingredients. Turned out wonderful with some changes, including adjustments to my own palate preference: added leftover veggies in frig appropriate to this dish (mushrooms, fennel & corn), added 2 cans fire roasted tomatoes, splash Worcester sauce and a sml sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
    Thank you

  14. 5 stars
    I had 1/2 small cabbage in the fridge,
    leftover deer sausage from dinner last
    night, together with the ingredients listed…and, voila, dinner is served.
    Thank you for the recipe.

  15. It’s was really good. I think the sausage could of been left out. With the blend of vegetables any meat could be added or just left vegetables. Many different options with this. For me, I didn’t think the smoked sausage fit the other ingredients. It didn’t blend well for the pallet. Will make this again maybe with chicken or just leave as a vegetables soup. Thank you it was very good on this cold day.

  16. 5 stars
    Delicious and comforting soup! Love the slight sweetness the cabbage brings to this soup! Excellent recipe Thank you

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