Kielbasa Cabbage Soup Recipe
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Kielbasa Cabbage Soup Recipe

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Cabbage is plentiful in upstate New York. This is a very hearty soup that will warm up any chilled body. During winter, I like to keep it simmering on the woodstove all day.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 small head cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 to 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, halved, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 256 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 511mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, saute the cabbage, onion and garlic in oil for 5 minutes or until tender. Combine the water, vinegar and brown sugar; add to cabbage mixture.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 60-70 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Kielbasa Cabbage Soup in Country Extra January 2002, p49

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akwilliams1104 User ID: 8037083 42063
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"My family loves this recipe, including the kids. I do sauté the sausage first, to bring out the flavor. I remove the sausage and add the onion, cabbage, and garlic to the drippings, and sauté. I leave out the caraway seeds, because I do not care for them in anything I cook."

CIRILLI User ID: 3217308 53126
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"Excellent. I used balsamic vinegar which gave it a very unique flavor. Everyone asks for the recipe after tasting it."

rkane User ID: 923393 34804
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"Excellent!. I used fully cooked chicken sausage with apples and a combination of chicken broth, bouillon and water. I would definitely make this soup again."

Scrumptious Cyn User ID: 7058684 40256
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"I made this soup tonight and it turned out fantastic! I made some small changes -- used broth instead of water and cole slaw instead of a cabbage head. I rated, reviewed and photographed my version: Thanks for the great recipe!"

duketramp User ID: 2689588 76162
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2012

"My family loves this soup. It's a winner!"

dnaheish User ID: 4918302 104571
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"Excellent! I used turkey kielbasa, and we had to cook it pretty long over low heat, but the end result was well worth it."

ZestOne User ID: 3344891 58785
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"FIVE STARS. I am making again today. January 8th, 2012. Last time I made Nov.4th. Everyone love it. Best taste after day old. I thank to my grandma-in-law."

ZestOne User ID: 3344891 83420
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"I made it and my family loves it. I remembered I made that about 30 years ago with "smoke pork butt" and Kielbasa in slow cooker. It was so good. Try it and you will like it."

hessiljodi User ID: 5402515 40242
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"I've made this recipe many, many times for my family and friends.... Everyone always seems to love, love, love it!!! It's a good one for a cold fall or winter dinner..."

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