This Cabbage, Sausage and Potato Soup recipe is totally hearty and comforting, full of the best savory flavors, easy to make, and it’s guaranteed to warm you right up!
Guys, this soup.
It’s only the middle of September, and I have already made it threetimes this past month. And when I say three times, keep in mind that I’m now married to a handsome vegetarian who won’t come anywhere near this one. Which means this huge, simmering, delicious pot of soup (plus leftovers) are exclusively for Yours Truly.
And I still can’t get enough of it!
This is probably due in part to the fact that I’m about 30 years late to the party that is cabbage soup. I’m not sure why, but our family never grew up eating it, and for years I used to only think of it only in terms of those crazy fad diets, and never really tried a good bowl until a few years ago. But the second I did — oh man, guys — it was cabbage soup love at first bite. Especially when you add some smoked kielbasa sausage to the picture, and some hearty potatoes, and lots of savory and garlicky seasonings — this feel-good, hearty, savory, delicious soup is comfort food to the max.
I wish I squeeze you all around my table and ladle you up a steaming bowl for yourself right now. But instead, I’m just going to beg you to stir up a pot for yourself. Because this soup = magic. ?
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And the good news? It’s also incredibly easy to make!
Begin with your starring ingredient — a small head of green cabbage. We’re going to use it all in this pot of soup. And even though it’s going to turn into a small mountain of greens once it has been chopped, don’t worry, because it’ll all wilt down once we add it to the soup.
The second most important ingredient here is a good package of kielbasa sausage. Really, you can use just about any kind of smoked sausage here (or even bratwurst). But I’m partial to kielbasa here with its smoky, garlicky flavors (that usually include caraway, too). You’re welcome to use traditional pork sausage here, or chicken or turkey or vegan sausage. You pick.
Begin by sautéing the sausage for a few minutes in a large stockpot(affiliate link) until it is lightly browned. Then transfer it to a separate plate to save for later.
Sauté the rest of your veggies and all of that cabbage, then add the remaining ingredients and let the soup simmer until those potatoes are nice and tender. Season with salt and pepper (I recommend extra black pepper with this one), and soon enough…
…these delicious bowls of cabbage soup will be yours to serve and enjoy.
1 small green cabbage, chopped into bite-sized pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 pound red potatoes, diced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, homemade or store-bought
1 bay leaf
Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
Add sausage to a large stockpot and cook over medium-heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring and flipping occasionally, until the sausage is lightly browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to a separate plate, and set aside.
Add the olive oil, leeks, carrots and celery to the pan, and stir to combine. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the cabbage and garlic, and sauté for 4 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the stock, potatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, cooked sausage, and stir to combine. Continue cooking until the soup reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked and tender.
Remove and discard the bay leaf. Taste and season with a few generous pinches of salt and black pepper as needed. (Also, depending on how seasoned your sausage is, feel free to stir in a extra few teaspoons of Italian seasoning if you think it needs some extra flavor. A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes will also help bring out the flavors.)
Serve warm. Or refrigerate in sealed containers for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
*Feel free to use traditional kielbasa sausage, or any kind of smoked pork, chicken, turkey, or vegan sausage that you’d like. (Bratwurst also works!)
**If making this recipe gluten-free, be sure to double-check that your sausage is certified GF.
This recipe is a 10! It was easy and delicious. I used onions instead of leeks, but otherwise followed the recipe. Service it with biscuits.
Mmmm, biscuits. Sounds delicious!
Can you make this in a crockpot?
Definitely! I recommend browning the sausage first. :)
Just made this recipe tonight and it was delicious I loved it thanks
I’m making this right now…
Awesome, hope you enjoyed it!
Great Fall soup!!!!!!
Can I substitute the leeks with onion? And don’t have a bay leaf? Is it must to have both these ingredients?
Definitely! And no worries, it’ll still be delicious even without the bay leaf.
I have made this soup for years but I use tomatoes in mine and garlic it is very good
Just made it today, it is ? don’t know if the family will though.
Glad you enjoyed it!
Looks and sounds so good.
Awesome, thanks for the recipe! Good and hearty ?
I used a red cabbage, it is what I had, adds more color.
Oh awesome, glad you enjoyed it!
Simmering on the stove now for our first bit of cool fall weather. I actually have 2 pots simmering…. one with white beans instead of potatoes for hubby, and no potatoes or beans for me. (Medical carb restrictions) It’s a win-win recipe!!
Mmmm, both sound delicious!
Love this – can I freeze it?
This is delicious soup, just made this evening for supper & I’m sure I’ll be making again for sure. I add 4cups of vegetable stock & 4 cups of chicken stock is the only change I made. Thanks for sharing the reicpe!
Mmm, sounds awesome. Enjoy! :)
I only have 4 cups of chicken stock. Do you think I could add beef stock or would that we wonky?
I haven’t tried it with beef stock, but imagine it would still be delicious!
Yum, yum, yum!!! so good and so easy to make!
Terrific soup. Used an Instant Pot to make it and it worked very well. Will add more Italian Seasoning next time, though.
Awesome! And yep, feel free to add more to taste. :)
I used mild Italian sausage for a little different flavor. Turned out very good!
Delish! I added some corn. I will make this again.
I have only been eating cabbage for a year and love it…..really liked this soup…shared it with my neighbors…..added can diced tomatoes and Cheyenne pepper…..of course had to have cornbread…
Sounds delicious!! Glad you enjoyed it. :)
Love cabbage in soup. Wanted to stick my spoon in my phone and take a huge bite! Will make it when I get home!
Me and hubby decided to make this soup today .. Wow, it taste fantastic.. some edits were extra seasonings…mild country smoked sausage..made by Nettles..and we love to add a little heat to our soups.. but basically we followed the recipe as written and it came out delicious! Thank you for your “Awesome” recipe! Definitely a keeper!
Awesome!! Sounds so delicious!
Quick and easy. Love that it is filled with veggies. Dinner with a simple baguette, sliced apple and extra sharp cheddar. Hope it freezes well. Sent 6 premeasured bowls to the freezer for later. Next time I will definitely double the recipe.
Mmmm, can’t go wrong with that combo. So glad you enjoyed it!
Spectacular! So delicious. Thank you for such a delicious recipe. I too will be making this often. Two big bowls apiece for my husband and me, first sitting!
Yay, I’m so glad you both enjoyed it!
I’ve never cooked with leeks before. My husband is an onion fan…can I substitute onions for the leeks?
Sure thing! :)
How many servings would you say this soup recipe makes?
Can you put this in the crock pot?
Definitely! I just recommend browning the sausage beforehand, if you have the time. :) Enjoy!
Loved this soup! I also shared with some friends and everyone enjoyed it. I went to a Polish store and bought double smoked kilbaisi and it had the best flavors. Definitely going into my recipe box.
Mmmm, sounds delicious. So glad you all enjoyed it!
Great with Polish sausage as well. Gives it a great kick!
Oooh, I bet. Sounds delicious!
I made it, it was Awesome! Both my kids loved it! That doesn’t happen very often. lol
So awesome! I’m glad they loved it too!
For sure a “MAKE IT AGAIN” recipe! A flexible recipe, can add more carrots, less celery etc to taste and depending on what you have in the fridge at the time. Rave reviews from my family too!!
Tasty, filling and healthy too!
Yesss! So glad to hear it!!
Outstanding!!! My 2nd bowl was just as good as my 1st. Going to chill the rest off and share it with my co-workers. I bet it tastes better tomorrow.
While reading the comments, you said something that really confused me. Your husband a vegetarian …I did not know that existed…Joking… More soup for you…
Ha, yep, lots of leftovers for me! ;) So glad you enjoyed it!
made it last night and it was very good and easy to make , i will make again in the future
thanks for the recipe :)
Yay, so glad to hear it!
Got this recipe from an old friend many moons ago but haven’t made it in a long, long time. Then I see it posted on your FB page!! It is thick, tasty, and great for an autumn/winter day. I simmer it on high for 2-3 hrs in my crockpot instead of on the stove and it is just as tasty.
Awesome, crock pot for the win! :)
I made this soup yesterday, 11/5/17 . It was a lot of soup but its all gone today 11/6/17. My family loved it.
I’ve got my cabbage, kielbasa, carrots, potatoes, some energy and a hungry family! I’m doing it…. TONIGHT!
I’ll let you know how it goes! Oh man, I’m thinking about fresh Italian bread ?with this soup!
The crusty outside and super soft inside bread. Yeah!!!!!!
Oooh, yes! Crusty bread for the win! :) Enjoy!!
Can you make this in a crockpot?
Really good!! I pressure cooked it for 10 mins….couldn’t have been easier. Enough for tonight for two, and plenty for the freezer. Thank you so much for sharing
Very good. We made Jasmine rice and put it over the rice. So good. We make cabbage and pork all the time. It was a great change up
How many calories are in a serving of the soup?
Making this for dinner tonight!
I must make this !
I️ made this soup tonight for my daughter and husband, they loved it! It’s was easy and quick to make. Thank you for sharing, delicious!
I only have Savoy cabbage on hand. Is there a big difference?
I made a huge pot if this,Didn’t use leeks, I used green onions, and 3 pounds of smoked sausage, excellent.
Awesome, so glad to hear it!
Can of mild or medium Rotel gives it a spicy kick.
it’s just perfect for the cold nights for dinner and it’s so good.
I really liked this soup. It was easy and flavorful. I added the spices at the end of the sautéing stage, and I also deglazed with a little white wine. The 10 minute prep time is a tad optimistic – it took me 30 minutes, although I did double the recipe.