Although I may not have loved it when I was younger, one of the most nostalgic meals I can think of from my childhood is kielbasa and cabbage. It was one of my dads staple dinners and I’m pretty sure all those nights eating cabbage and smoked meats have something to do with my love for cabbage, sauerkraut, and even sausage as an adult.
That said, I don’t think I have ever made kielbasa and cabbage on my own. Like a lot of the dishes my parents made growing up, it seems intimidating to try to recreate this dish and live up to its memory. I’ve never asked my dad for the recipe, but I’m almost positive he would give me estimates of everything, as it was something he just made off the top of his head. To me, that makes it even more intimidating.
When Jennie-O wanted me to create a recipe using their Turkey Kielbasa, I obviously immediately thought of the kielbasa and cabbage dish from my childhood. Since I wasn’t fond of trying to recreate it exactly, I did the next best thing I could think of, which was to turn it into soup. Bingo!
This soup was everything I had in mind and more. The ingredients are super simple but lend to a really flavorful soup which brought me right back to my family’s dinner table. It pretty much felt like a big hug in the form of soup.
Along with being super delicious, this Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage Soup is also very simple. It’s basically a dump and set slow cooker recipe, aside from making the roux at the end for some extra creaminess. If you want to skip the part of making the roux and just add a can of cream of celery soup instead, that would work just as well! I, for one, didn’t mind the extra step, but I can imagine multiple situations when it might be a hassle.
One last note about the recipe – you may think that 3 cups of broth isn’t enough when cooking the soup but trust me. The cabbage will release a ton of liquid and then the roux at the end will make it more soup-like.
If you’re a fan of cabbage, this recipe is a must make. This recipe makes a ton which make for perfect lunch leftovers, and I personally thought it was even better the next day!
This post was sponsored by Jennie-O, however all opinions are my own!