Kielbasa Soup


There’s just something incredibly satisfying about a big pot of soup simmering on the stove, filling the house with irresistible aromas. Am I right? This rustic kielbasa cabbage potato soup is one I find myself craving as the weather cools down and those crisp fall days approach.

Let me paint you a picture… Thick slices of smoky kielbasa swimming in a rich, savory broth with chunks of tender potato, shredded cabbage, sliced carrots and celery. It’s like a great big edible hug! The veggies give you that nutritious boost while the smoked paprika adds this incredible warmth and depth of flavor.

I know what you’re thinking – cabbage in soup? Trust me, it’s incredibly delicious when cooked until tender this way. The cabbage soaks up all those amazing broth flavors and gets this luxurious softness. Combined with the pops of salty kielbasa, the creamy potatoes, and the fresh bite of spinach…it’s soup perfection.

Why This Kielbasa Potato Soup Recipe Needs to Go On Your Menu:

  • It’s wonderfully hearty and comforting – like receiving a big warm hug in a bowl!
  • Using smoky, garlicky kielbasa adds so much rich, savory flavor without being too heavy.
  • Packed with nutritious veggies like cabbage, carrots, celery, spinach, and potatoes for heft.
  • Easy to prepare with basic fridge and pantry ingredients you likely have on hand.
  • The leftovers are out-of-this-world delicious! Soup always tastes better the next day.
  • This big-batch recipe is perfect for meal prepping lunches or stashing some in the freezer.

I love making a huge pot of this on lazy Sundays and enjoying the leftovers for easy, wholesome lunches and dinners all week long. It hits the spot without weighing you down.

The best part? While this soup has humble roots and uses simple, budget-friendly ingredients, the incredible flavors make it seem like something way fancier. Your guests will be going back for second and third bowls!

So let’s get to this kielbasa cabbage potato soup recipe, shall we?

Kielbasa Soup

This rustic kielbasa cabbage potato soup is one I find myself craving as the weather cools down and those crisp fall days approach.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Central Europea
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion diced
  • 13 oz smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 cups green cabbage shredded
  • 2 large russet potatoes scrubbed and diced (peel if desired)
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, kielbasa, celery, and cabbage. Sauté for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned and fragrant.
  • Stir in the garlic, smoked paprika, and Italian seasoning until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the diced potatoes, sliced carrots, chicken broth, and water. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes and carrots are fork-tender.
  • Use a potato masher to gently mash some of the potato pieces directly in the pot to thicken the broth, if desired.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the fresh spinach until wilted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately garnished with fresh parsley, green onions, or grated parmesan cheese if desired.
  • Let me know if you need any other details! Enjoy this wonderfully comforting soup.

I hope this hearty, traditional-tasting Polish soup becomes a fast favorite in your household too! With its brilliant flavors, affordable ingredients, and satisfying textures, it’s rustic comfort food at its finest. Grab a crusty bread for dunking and get ready for pure cozy, delicious bliss!