Creamy Sausage & Cabbage Soup

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This easy Sausage & Cabbage Soup is the ultimate comfort food. A beautifully luscious soup with smoky sausage, fresh vegetables and of course sweet tender cabbage simmered in a flavorful creamy broth.

When the weather gets cooler, in my house it’s officially soup season.  There is just something about a delicious warm bowl of soup that warms your belly from the inside out and this creamy cabbage soup recipe is no exception.  If a hug were food, it would be this soup.

cabbage and sausage soup in white bowl

Cabbage and Sausage

Cabbage and sausage just seem to go hand in hand.  If you’ve read my blog before,  you likely  know that I love all things cabbage from Cabbage Roll Soup to Sausage and Cabbage cooked on the grill! Cabbage is inexpensive, a little bit goes a long way and once cooked, it’s tender with a delicious sweet flavor.

This is just one of my many favorite cabbage recipesfavorite cabbage recipes. If you don’t cook with cabbage often, you can find lots of great info in The Ultimate Guide to Cabbage!

A pot of easy Sausage & Cabbage Soup with potatoes

Irresistibly Creamy

This easy soup starts with sausage, I use kielbasa but you can also use a garlic sausage or pretty much any smoked (fully cooked) sausage that you’d like.  I make this cabbage soup with potatoes to give it a nice creamy texture (and to keep my belly full all day long).  Fresh carrots and cabbage add both fresh and sweet flavors to this soup and of course cream makes it buttery irresistible.

While this is a creamy soup, keep in mind it is not a thick soup like a chowder. The creamy portion of this soup comes from making a roux.  While roux may sound like a fancy or difficult cooking term, it’s really easy.  A roux is the base for most white sauces (and even Sausage Gravy) and starts by cooking butter and flour (to get rid of that raw flour flavor) and then adding in milk or cream and cooking until thick and bubbly.  The roux is then added to the soup in this recipe giving it a delicious buttery cream flavor.

Spoonful of Sausage & Cabbage Soup in white pot

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How to Thicken Your Sausage and Cabbage Soup

If you’d like your soup to be thicker, you can certainly increase the butter/flour mixture to about 3/4 cup each while leaving the milk the same.  I also give my potatoes just a slight little mash with a potato masher to help thicken the broth somewhat.

We add a little bit of fresh dill to this soup at the very end for a pop of freshness.  If you don’t have fresh dill you can substitute dry dill and add it along with roux to allow it to rehydrate.

Can you Freeze Creamy Cabbage Soup?

Unfortunately, most soup recipes that contain dairy don’t freeze well (non-dairy is usually ok). The soup can separate and the texture can become grainy.  I would suggest freezing a portion before adding the dairy in this recipe.

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5 from 19 votes
Review Recipe

Sausage & Cabbage Soup

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Soup
Cuisine American
This creamy Cabbage Soup contains smoky sausage, fresh vegetables and of course sweet tender cabbage simmered in a flavorful creamy broth.


  • 1 lb smoked sausage sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup onion chopped
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 lb potatoes diced (about 2-3 medium)
  • 2 carrots sliced
  • 3-4 cups cabbage chopped
  • 1 stalk celery sliced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill

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  1. Cook sausage, onion and butter until onion is tender. Add celery, carrot, potato, cabbage, broth and salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan. Stir in flour and cook over medium heat about 2 min. Add milk and cream and stir until smooth. Continue whisking until thick and bubbly.
  4. Once vegetables are tender, add cream mixture into the soup. Allow to simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in dill and parsley.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 307, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 438mg, Potassium: 393mg, Carbohydrates: 12g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 8g, Vitamin A: 47.2%, Vitamin C: 15.1%, Calcium: 6.8%, Iron: 10.1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. My hubby & I love fried cabbage & Smoked Sausage. I found this recipe and thought it might be a yummy change-up on that. I halved the recipe since it was only the two of us and we don’t eat as much as we once did. It made a fairly large pot of goodness!! I figured I’d have plenty left over for lunch the next day. Well…hubby returned for seconds and then for thirds!!! I did have a bit left over but not nearly as much as I thought I would….NO I am not complaining, LOL.
    Rather than using milk & cream, I used a small can of Evaporated Milk and enough water to equal the one cup I needed. I also used Better Than Bouillon Chicken broth which is pretty salty, so eliminated the salt. The result was perfect for our taste.
    I’ve saved this as a “keeper” and I think I will add a bay leaf to the next batch.
    Thank you for this recipe!! It is lovely and the best part is my “picky eater” hubby apparently loved it. That’s a win-win.

    1. Definitely a win-win Kaye! So glad you both loved this recipe…the second and third time around too!

  2. I had some cabbage left from St. Pats day so decided to make your soup..Oh my it was wonderful. I usually am a person who goes by the recipe but I had no cream..substituted a small can of evaporated milk..It worked well and if it is better with cream I probably could not have stood you so much..

  3. This soup was sooooo good! One of the best soups I have ever made in my tiny kitchen. I used an InstaPot to cook the soup. Sautéed the onions and sausage like the recipe said then added all the vegetable and broth and set to pressure cook for 6 minutes and naturally release the pressure. Once the InstaPot was done I added the roux that I made on the stove. This soup was super easy to make, fairly quick, and amazing good. I will definitely be making this again. I used both green and purple cabbage in the soup which gave it a nice pop of color. Thank you so much for sharing this delisious recipe!

    1. Hi Amanda, I am so glad you enjoyed this soup! Thanks for sharing your instant pot directions. This will be helpful to other readers!

  4. Really good soup that was extremely simple to make. It was extremely filling with all the vegetables. My youngest son, who is usually a picky eater, ate two bowls. We added mushrooms to the vegetables, but otherwise, the recipe was unchanged. Excellent!

    1. So glad you loved it! Thickened dairy doesn’t always freeze well so I might suggest cooking up until that part and then adding the dairy in while reheating.

  5. This soup is delicious. My Husband and I both loved it. The only change I made was to leave out the parsley (I don’t like it). My Husband said “Put that one in the recipe book”. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  6. Love, love, love this Sausage Cabbage Soup recipe!  A friend mentioned a similar recipe yestèrday so I went searching and found yours.  This morning, to my surprise, I found all the ingredients in the refrigerator and decided to make half a batch.  It is warming and wonderful!  This will become a favorite during the cold weather to come!  The only thing I did differently was to add a corn starch slurry at the end to thicken it slightly.  Thank you for the post!  Wish I could give it ten stars!

    1. I have only tried it as written but perhaps another reader will have a suggestion. You can leave the flour out, the recipe just won’t be quite as creamy.

  7. Yum…..made this today hubby and I loved it. I added a bit more onion and 2 stocks of celery….and used Little smokies because I had plenty on hand. It was so good creamy and filling. A real comfort soup! I love soup could eat it everyday…thank you for the recipe it’s a keeper!!!

  8. Awesome,  I added a half more chicken broth.  Didn’t have regular potatoes so I used sweet potatoes, and still really good.  I used a whole onion.  Family said it was the best soup I have made and it was easy,.

  9. I want to make this so badly, but I need to know if I can substitute coconut flour for all purpose flour?  Any idea how much I would need if I did?  This looks amazing and can’t wait to try it!

  10. My son (10) has been loving a lot of your cabbage recipes. He enjoys helping me cook. 3 weeks ago we did your slow cooker cabbage roll soup. Last week cabbage and noodles. Today creamy sausage and cabbage soup. All amazing recipes!

  11. My husband and I made this together and we both love it. He told me to save this recipe. It was so yummy the two nights we had It. Right now I am making another of your recipes.

  12. Very quick and easy hearty soup! Will definitely make a again the whole family loved it! I use Kabasa just because that’s what I had on hand! May try this with leftover ham next time too!

  13. I made this last week and it was AMAZING!! I was a little worried about the roux portion but it was a piece of cake. My husband and 2 year old gobbled it right up, definitely going into heavy rotation this winter. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Oh my this was excellent!  My next batch will have some green beans and perhaps a few peas also.  I am curious how chicken would work instead of sausage.  A person could use rotisserie chicken.  This was so good the next day also.  Thanks so much!  

    1. I have only made this one the stove top. I do think this would work just fine in the slow cooker however the roux would still need to be made on the stove top and added in.

  15. Could you recommend something to use in place of the meat in this recipe for those who don’t eat meat or meat products? It sounds like a great recipe if we can substitute something. Any other recipes without meat would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

    1. You can leave the meat out if you’re prefer but it does add a bit of a smoky, salty and rich flavor. You will likely need to add additional seasoning such as salt.

  16. I had sausage and all the veggies in the fridge so thought what could it hurt to try this recipe? So I made a batch and my 21 year old twin grandsons said it was the best soup they’ve had in a very long time! Their girlfriends and myself got a small bowl and the rest was theirs.Will make this many times going into the winter months. So easy to make and oh so delicious.

  17. Omgosh!! This soup is bomb. It is so creamy and flavorful. My husband is on blood thinner and I am always looking for cabbage recipes when it is too thin. Even our picky 6 yr old granddaughter loves it. Definitely making again.
    Thank you