Cabbage Soup: Your Recipe, My Kitchen

Cabbage Soup is a super frugal dinner.  Make it with whatever sausage or ground meat you have on hand.

This came about because of leftover vegetables.  I had half a head of cabbage and a bag of matchstick carrots languishing because I made a dish that will post later in the week.  What better way to use them than in a soup?  I thought I’d use a smoked sausage that was in my freezer, too.  When you google cabbage sausage soup you don’t get many hits.  Is cabbage soup not popular?

Cabbage Soup is a super frugal dinner.  Make it with whatever sausage or ground meat you have on hand.

I finally found something that I could use at eatathomecooks.com. But I had to change it up because that soup was a Smoked Sausage, Cabbage and Oat soup.  She used steel cut oats which when cooked act like barley.  I had no steel cut oats, so that was already one change to the recipe and I was just on the title!!

Cabbage Soup is a super frugal dinner.  Make it with whatever sausage or ground meat you have on hand.

I gathered all of my ingredients and then a little thought came into my head to read the ingredient list on the smoked sausage.  Double Drat It All!!  There’s liquid smoke in smoked sausage!  Did you know some liquid smoke can have gluten in it?  Yep, there are a few weird things that are considered “hidden gluten.”  Liquid smoke, most soy sauce, canned beef broth…anything containing caramel color or malt (including normal Rice Krispies) are on the list of no-no’s.  So my original soup plan became plan B.  I made the soup with Italian sausage.  My husband pronounced it one of the best soups I have made, so I guess the changes were okay.

Cabbage Soup: Your Recipe, My Kitchen
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Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ pound sausage (any kind: Italian, chorizo, smoked, breakfast, etc)
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped (mine were matchsticks, but that was a fluke)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ head cabbage, in ¼ inch slices
  • ¼ tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 6 cups chicken broth (or veggie broth is making this completely vegetarian)
  • 1 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
Instructions
  1. In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium and cook meat with celery, carrots and onion until the onion is soft.
  2. Add the garlic, thyme and bay leaf and cook another minute.
  3. Throw in the cabbage, cover, reduce the heat and cook 5 minutes or until cabbage is wilted.
  4. Uncover, return heat to medium and add remaining ingredients.
  5. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat again so it does not boil over and cook 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

*Note, I have since found out that caramel coloring in North America is considered gluten free.  That opens up a whole group of foods that I thought were off limits.  YEAH!!

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