Easy Cabbage and Sausage Soup

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Easy Cabbage and Sausage Soup Recipe – simple, hearty soup packed with tons of flavor thanks to red cabbage and Polish sausage!

A hearty bowl of sausage and cabbage soup dolloped with a spoon.
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bowl with cabbage, sausage, and celery in it

Easy Cabbage and Sausage Soup in the Slow Cooker

This hearty and delicious Easy Cabbage and Sausage Soup tastes just like a cabbage roll with sausage – but in a rich, comforting hot soup!

I absolutely love cabbage soup in the winter – it is simple, healthy, bursting with flavor – and full of ingredients you can feel good about. It warms you up without making you feel heavy or greasy – and is one of my

This one pot cabbage roll soup is low carb, making this a keto cabbage soup recipe you can eat over and over again without the guilt!

While I am making this easy cabbage and sausage soup on the stovetop, it can easily be made in the slow cooker!

Follow these simple steps to get a delicious Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage Soup Recipe:

  • Add all ingredients except stock to slow cooker and let cook down, about 2 hours, until vegetables are soft.
  • Stir in stock, water, and herbs and cover – cook until piping hot and well combined, about 1-2 hours.
  • If freezing, brown the vegetables quickly – so they have a little color – but don’t let them get very soft. Thawing will make vegetables in this soup break down even more, so I recommend only very briefly softening them for flavor – not to get soft – when freezing this easy sausage and cabbage soup.

Is Cabbage Keto?

This cabbage and sausage soup is perfect for a keto diet – but if you’re following the low carb eating plan (my husband has completely changed the way he looks and feels from it, so I have taken it back up again lately) – you might be wondering Is Cabbage Keto?

Not only does cabbage work into a keto diet because of it’s low carbohydrates – but it also can help round out a lot of nutrients keto dieters aren’t eating as they pick produce with less carbs.

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If you love this easy and delicious one pot sausage and cabbage soup recipe, you’re going to love some of my other favorite easy soup recipes!

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bowl with cabbage, sausage, and celery in it

Tips to Perfect Sausage and Cabbage Soup:

Don’t skip browning vegetables. 

This soup relies on simple, rustic flavors from the vegetables and herbs – not from tons of crazy ingredients. To get the most flavor, let your vegetables cook down and brown slightly.

Don’t overcook.

Don’t leave soup cooking on the stove forever – it will turn to mush! Cook soup to hot, and brown vegetables – but don’t leave simmering.

Use what you have on hand.

Don’t have a specific ingredient? Don’t sweat it! This recipe is insanely versatile, so you can swap out something you have for something you dont – or just change up the ingredients to create a cabbage roll soup that you love!

What to Serve With Cabbage Soup

This soup pairs perfectly with lots of different sides – some of our favorites are below!


Can I freeze cabbage soup?

This soup can be frozen in an airtight container for up to four months.
Let soup fully thaw in refrigerator before reheating, add to pan and simmer under piping hot to serve.

Can I use different vegetables?

You can absolutely swap other vegetables, or add up to a cup of other vegetables you love to this soup.

Can I add beans to cabbage sausage soup?

Add a can of rinsed kidney beans to this recipe for a hearty protein packed addition.
Adding beans to the recipe is not considered keto.

Can I add potatoes to cabbage sausage soup?

You can add 1-2 cups of boiler potatoes, diced into 1″ chunks, for a delicious hearty addition to this soup.
Adding potatoes to the recipe is not considered keto.

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Keto cabbage soup with sausage in a bowl.

Sausage and Cabbage Soup Recipe

Easy Cabbage and Sausage Soup Recipe – simple, hearty soup packed with tons of flavor thanks to red cabbage and Polish sausage!
Course Keto Soups
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free, keto soup, low carb, main dish, paleo, sausage
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 342kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ head red cabbage diced
  • ½ white onion
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper freshly cracked
  • 2 tbsp diced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Hungarian paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 lb smoked polska kielbasa sliced into rounds
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf


  • In a large dutch oven or stock pot, heat olive oil until shimmery. 
  • Add diced onion and cook until softening. 
  • Add in diced cabbage, carrots, garlic, and celery and cook until lightly browned and fragrant. 
  • Season well with salt and pepper, oregano, and paprika. 
  • Stir in kielbasa and let cook another 4-5 minutes until warmed and lightly browned. 
  • Stir in water, bay leaf, and stock and bring to a rapid boil. Let reduce for about 5-10 minutes. 
  • Serve immediately and enjoy! 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 1681mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. Cyndie Minnifield says:

    A friend gave me this big , beautiful deep purple cabbage (along with a gorgeous butternut squash as well) and had no idea what to do with. I got on Pinterest and found this lovely recipe. I really used just about everything as was called for, but did add orange bell pepper I had as well, and I only had regular Paprika and smoked Paprika so I put a 1/2 tablespoon of each. The smoked flavor really added to the flavor greatly but did not go over board! It was just an excellent November Evening Comfort Soup!! I am going to share a taste with my grown kids tomorrow to see what they think and going to freeze the rest for a few winter nights to come. I know I will be sharing this recipe with family and friends! Thank you so much for this great new soup!!!