Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Sausage
Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Sausage is a tasty low-carb soup that’s easy to make and this is especially good topped with Parmesan cheese! We used chicken-garlic sausage for this tasty soup, but you can use the type of sausage you prefer.
I love this Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Sausage! And I really hope no one has flashbacks of the old Cabbage Soup Diet when they hear the name of the recipe, because this is a delicious soup recipe that’s healthy and low in carbs, but you certainly won’t think about being on a diet when you’re eating it.
My slow cooker cabbage soup is loaded with flavor from tomatoes, beef stock, seasonings, and Chicken-Garlic sausage (or your favorite garlicky sausage), and it gets even better if you top it with a spoonful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
And best of all, if you do a little chopping the night before, this is one of those “throw in the slow cooker and cook all day on low” kinds of recipes that so many people love. When you get home, just brown the sausage, add to the soup and cook on high for 30-45 minutes more, and dinner is ready!
What ingredients do you need?
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- petite dice tomatoes
- canned beef broth (affiliate link) or homemade Beef Stock
- Dried Thyme (affiliate link)
- ground fennel (affiliate link)
- black pepper
- Chicken-Garlic Sausage
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
What kind of sausage can you use for this Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup?
This is the fourth recipe I’ve made with Sabatinos Chicken Sausage with Mozzarella, Artichokes and Garlic, and just in case anyone is wondering, Sabatinos certainly haven’t paid me to promote their sausage. I’m infatuated with this sausage at the moment, but if you can’t find this brand use any garlicky sausage that has good flavor.
Do you have to brown the sausage?
I highly recommend you don’t skip the step of browning the sausage; that adds so much flavor.
Want More Tasty Soups with Cabbage:
Check out Low-Carb and Keto Soups with Cabbage for lots more tasty ideas for using nutritious cabbage in a tasty soup!
How to Make Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Sausage:
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- You’ll need about a pound of chopped cabbage.
- Also chop up a medium onion and about 1 cup of celery. I prefer my soup veggies chopped on the small side, but it will work even if you like them a little bigger.
- Put the cabbage, onion, celery, petite diced tomatoes, beef stock, and spices in the slow cooker and cook all day on low or 3-4 hours on high.
- Here’s how the soup will look after you’ve cooked it that long.
- Then slice sausages into thin slices and brown then well.
- Add the sausage to the slow cooker (and turn to high if you were cooking on low) and cook for 30-45 minutes more.
- Serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan Cheese if desired
Who else is a fan of sausage?
Check out Sausage Recipes to see all the recipes on this site that use sausage.
Weekend Food Prep:
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- 6 cups chopped cabbage (see notes)
- 1 onion, chopped small
- 1 cup celery, diced small
- two 14.5 oz. cans petite dice tomatoes (see notes)
- 6 cups beef stock (see notes)
- 2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 tsp. ground fennel
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 6 links Chicken-Garlic Sausage
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- Chop the cabbage, onion, and celery and place in the slow cooker. (If you’re making this to cook while you’re at work I would chop those the night before and store in the fridge in a plastic bag.)
- Add the 2 cans of tomatoes, Homemade beef stock or you can use canned beef broth if you don’t have it.), dried thyme (affiliate link), ground fennel (affiliate link), and black pepper to the slow cooker.
- Cook 8-9 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
- When you get home, or when the cabbage is well-softened if you’re cooking on high, slice the sausage into pieces about 1/4 inch thick.
- Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan and cook over medium-high heat until the sausage is nicely browned. (You might need to do this in 2 batches if you use 6 sausages.)
- Add the well-browned sausage to the soup, turn to high if you were cooking on low, and cook 30-45 minutes more.
- Serve hot, with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
Six cups cabbage is about one pound. You can use only one can of tomatoes if you want to reduce the carbs even more. Homemade beef stock is best, but you can use canned beef broth if you prefer. Use any garlicky sausage that has good flavor.
I used a 5-Quart Slow Cooker (affiliate link) for this recipe, but it could have been a little smaller.
Recipe created by Kalyn when she became infatuated with Sabatinos Chicken Sausage with Mozzarella, Artichokes and Garlic, but use any garlicky sausage you prefer for this recipe.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 448mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 22g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Sausage is great for low-carb diets, and with chicken sausage like I used this is also a great recipe for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This Cabbage Soup with Sausage was first posted in 2013. The recipe was last updated with more information in 2023.
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