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Kielbasa Cabbage Soup

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 60-70 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 256 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 511mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • akwilliams1104
    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.

    Mar 2, 2014

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

  • rkane
    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
    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
    Sep 6, 2012

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

  • dnaheish
    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
    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
    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
    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...