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Hearty Cabbage-Sausage Soup Recipe

Hearty Cabbage-Sausage Soup Recipe

From Derry, Pennsylvania, Nancy Allman shares this hearty autumn soup featuring smoked sausage. "It's perfect for hurried cooks," Nancy writes. "My mother made it when we had an abundance of cabbage from our garden."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 small cabbage, chopped (about 10 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup milk


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, bring broth, cabbage and onion to a boil. reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Add sausage; heat through.
  • 2. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Gradually add milk, stirring until smooth. Gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 8 servings (about 2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 179 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 1264mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.

Reviews for Hearty Cabbage-Sausage Soup

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JasSuz8 User ID: 2845605 53647
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"Delicious! I did make a few changes though...trying to use up leftovers. I added 2 extra cups of broth, 3 diced potatoes, 1 cup of applesauce, and a Tbls. of parsley. We served it over rice as well. Very good flavor in this recipe."

MsTeack User ID: 7376555 106511
Reviewed May. 4, 2014

"Easy recipe and very tasty. I followed other reviewer's advice and grilled the sausage and added carrots and garlic powder. No additional salt was needed. I used chicken & apple sausage that is a little spicy but lower in fat. The extra spice in the sausage kicked it up a notch, especially with the added black pepper. Next time I prepare this recipe, if use this same sausage, I will omit the pepper. It was a little too spicy for some family members, but I loved it!"

ehlertn User ID: 1826861 80900
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2014

"Loved this easy recipe! I added 1 cup frozen corn and five diced potatoes for a more "stew-like" meal. I also omitted adding any additional salt until then end, and just to taste. Thanks for a hearty weeknight soup recipe that can be prepared quickly!"

contrarywife User ID: 2675625 80898
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2014

"Good quick soup for supper. As others did, I too doubled and browned the sausage and decreased the salt. This'll be a keeper! Even hubby, who is not wild about cabbage, enjoyed this soup."

xxBakingMommaxx User ID: 5000201 36755
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2013

"5 stars. Have made this numerous times over the years since it was published. Excellent!"

cka User ID: 4302889 114072
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2013

"So simple and so delicious! A definite keeper! I doubled the recipe, grilled my sausage first, and added a box of white wine, rosemary, thyme and oregano chicken broth, along with regular chicken broth. Plan to add sliced carrots next time, after reading others reviews."

skipperstrucking User ID: 4577232 112691
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"Great recipe (Can you say "Comfort Food"). I took other reviewers advise and used less then 1/2 the salt that was called for. sprinkled in a little garlic powder and magically I had a great bowl of soup. Will definitely make again."

minmom User ID: 5872938 205082
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"Awesome soup-everyone loved it and so easy,small amount of ingredients, A keeper! I used smoked turkey sausage to make it heart healthy-worked great!"

cfishell User ID: 6597551 36752
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

"Very easy meal to prepare. The simple few ingredients make a fantastic flavorful dinner. Great man's meal, the fellas in my family love this soup."

camberc User ID: 1192727 58396
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"This was surprisingly tasty for such a simple recipe! I used turkey sausage and added 2 sliced carrots with the cabbage and that added a little sweetness. Also tossed in some red pepper flakes per another reviewer's suggestion and some garlic powder. I only added a 1/2 tsp. salt and I thought I could have added even less--but I think it depends on what kind of broth you're using. Great recipe!"

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 114070
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"I added a little carrot (cooked with cabbage) and doubled the amount of sausage, which I browned first. Needed less salt than the recipe called for, probably because of the extra sausage I added. My family loved it!"

gandgs5872 User ID: 5826756 43520
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"My family eats lots of soup and your recipe are easy to make and whats better they taste wonderful,keep up the great work"

slbros User ID: 6183881 113987
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"Kids and hubby enjoyed this. Very easy to make!"

Beth Ford User ID: 5785555 53646
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2011

"<p>I am always hesitant to try new recipes that involve Cabbage (even more so with soups). But this is great! So easy to make, too. I also added just a small pinch of Red Pepper Flakes to add a little more flavor. Definitely a keeper and will make this again.</p>"

dianeve User ID: 643652 205081
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"I am going to double the recipe next time."

rlcw9663 User ID: 4063426 43505
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"Great! Easy, fast and simple. Added 1 lb. of sausage. A keeper."

cwanless User ID: 4759207 205080
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"My husband and I loved this recipe! We thought it was ever better the next day. We will definitely make this soup again...."

jessicastant User ID: 1945813 53645
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"I have made this soup twice. The first time I was skeptical. We liked it so much we make it again. Very good with crackers. I also used 1 lb. of sausage."

mwperdew User ID: 4257530 35854
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"We love this recipe. I make it with a large head of cabbage and 1 lb of smoked sausage."

TMCOLLINS User ID: 4102356 58373
Reviewed May. 29, 2009

"Excellent! Just made it and it is definite keeper!"

Red Molly User ID: 1535843 36751
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2008

"I haven't cooked much with cabbage before, and I wasn't sure how my family would react to this recipe. Amazingly, my kids both devoured it. My 7-year-old had seconds and my 9-year-old even asked for thirds! Great, budget-friendly recipe. Thanks so much."

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