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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.
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.



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.

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