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!
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. 😀
- 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:
- Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup
- Zuppa Toscana (Sausage, Bacon, Potato, and Kale Soup)
- Sausage and Vegetable Soup
- Instant Pot Ham and Potato Soup Recipe
- Crockpot Cabbage Soup with Beans, Sausage, and Potatoes
- Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup
- Sausage, Kale, and Gnocchi Soup
- Crockpot Italian Sausage Soup
Will you make this cabbage and kielbasa soup?
Questions? Ask away in the comments below. 🙂
- 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.