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This kielbasa soup recipe is loaded with plenty of sausage, vegetables, and potatoes. It’s a great option when you want something that is hearty and filling but a little bit healthier! 

kielbasa potato soup close-up

Here in Canada/USA, kielbasa is often sold in grocery stores labeled as “smoked Polish sausage” or just “kielbasa”. “Kielbasa” actually means “sausage” in Polish. Did you know that? If you want to try another Polish-inspired soup recipe, check out my dill pickle soup

I just love soups with sausage and potatoes. This is a broth-based soup without any cream, and although everyone knows I love my creamy recipes, this soup (and soups like this) really hit the spot for me as the weather gets cooler. And as air-conditioned offices stay cold. It’s also a tasty way to pack in some veggies. I added some cabbage in here too – it goes wonderfully in soup (like my cabbage roll soup or Instant Pot cabbage soup). I have a sautéed cabbage and kielbasa recipe you may like if that flavor combo appeals to you (it is surprisingly good if you’re not much of a cabbage eater). 

Pro tip: I like to mash some of the potatoes right in the pot to give this kielbasa cabbage soup a little more texture. I like to use this quick trick in all sorts of soups that have potatoes. 

This kielbasa potato soup is one of those “tastes better the next day” kinda soups, so it makes great leftovers. I gave some to my mom, and she was texting me saying how much she liked this soup. And she’s an honest kinda lady. She would tell me if it wasn’t good. 😀

cabbage and kielbasa soup in a yellow cast iron pot

Recipe notes:

  • Smoked Ukrainian or Hungarian sausage would work in this soup if you can’t find kielbasa. 
  • You could definitely make this soup without adding the spinach at the end if you’re not a fan. 
  • You can use a different variety of potatoes if you wish. I didn’t bother peeling the potatoes – it’s up to you if you want to. 

Other cozy soup recipes you may like:

kielbasa cabbage soup in two bowls

Will you make this cabbage and kielbasa soup?

Questions? Ask away in the comments below. 🙂 

kielbasa potato soup close-up
4.83 from 17 votes

Kielbasa Soup

This kielbasa soup recipe is loaded with plenty of sausage, vegetables, and potatoes. It's a great option when you want something that is hearty and filling but a little bit healthier! 
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 13 ounces kielbasa (smoked Polish sausage) see note
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 2 cups green cabbage chopped small
  • 2 Russet potatoes scrubbed & diced (peel if you want to)
  • 2 medium carrots peeled & sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 dash Italian seasoning
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh baby spinach
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Prep the onion, sausage, celery, and cabbage. Add it to a large pot along with the butter and oil. Sauté over medium-high heat for 10 minutes or so.
  • Meanwhile, prep your potatoes and carrots.
  • Stir in the garlic, smoked paprika, and Italian seasoning, then add the potatoes and carrots to the pot.
  • Add the chicken broth and water. Increase the heat to high and bring it to a boil. Once it's boiling, reduce the heat so it's simmering. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots can easily be pierced with a knife.
  • I like to take a potato masher and quickly mash some of the potatoes to give the soup a slightly thicker texture (I just do this right in the pot). This step is optional.
  • Add in the spinach and season the soup with salt & pepper as needed.


  • I bought a coil of kielbasa sausage that weighed 13 oz./375 g. Feel free to use anything similar weight-wise.
  • Kielbasa sausage shouldn’t be too greasy, so you shouldn’t have to drain any fat. If you use a different kind of sausage, however, you may need to use your discretion and drain some of the fat if needed.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 327kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 1173mg, Potassium: 790mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 4647IU, Vitamin C: 30mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I did this with Masurian sausages. Fabulous taste, 18 mins in IP as I didn’t cook potatoes beforehand as previous commenter did. Probably butchered your recipe a bit, as thinking of poor Polish country folk and their likely diet I chucked in some Parsnips, Swede and Polish mustard, trying for authenticity! Bang on. Ps, if you wanted a thicker version throw some Pearl Barley in.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this in my instant pot, added entire small cabbage cut up, small can great northern beans, rinsed, 4 diced potatoes, cooked separate on stove, I always cook potatoes separate when making for soups with a pinch of oregano, have done this for decades
    Sautéed cabbage carrots, onion, smoked sausage, then added the spices with garlic paste, sautéed another minute, added broth & water, pressed 15 minutes, NR,10 ,came out great, Mr really liked it, making again with Ham, PS, I sprinkled dill weed when serving, i use dill weed a lot. Next your dill pickle soup.
    Thanks. Great recipe. I subscribed 🙂

  3. 4 stars
    I did like the soup, added 2 medium sized Russet potatoes but even after mashing them a bit, felt it was too thin. I think next time will only add 1 cup or water and see how that goes. Has a very good flavor.

    1. Hi! Yes, it’s definitely not a thick soup… more brothy for sure. You could absolutely try adding less liquid and mashing the potatoes as you suggest. Glad you enjoyed the flavor! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Wow! Five stars! Thank you so much for this delicious inspiration! I may have added more Kielbasa and spinach than your recipe called for…but wow! SOOOO good!

  5. 5 stars
    This is SO good and flavorful! Perfect for a cold night. Made as is except I forgot to add the spinach at the end. Thank you for the recipe!