Recipe Review

This One-Pot Recipe for Smothered Cabbage and Smoked Sausage Soup Is All You’ll Be Dreaming About

published Jun 2, 2022
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Sautéed cabbage in cast iron skillet
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Stylist: Cyd McDowell

One of the joys of cooking is its pivotal role in family bonding. We grow up learning family recipes that we are tasked to pass on to future generations. The greatest joy can come from adding your spin on a classic that draws inspiration from others. That’s the case with Elaine Welteroth’s Smothered Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage and Potatoes recipe.

In our recent interview with the trailblazing host, author, and journalist, she freely discussed the role food and family have played in her life. This recipe draws inspiration from the classic soul food traditions she learned from her mother with a German-Irish twist inspired by her father and paternal grandmother. This tasty recipe will be a go-to on those busy days when time is limited, but good flavor is on the brain.

Start by placing your pot (she uses the Ninja Food NeverStick PossiblePot) over medium heat with 1/4 cup of your favorite olive oil. Once the oil is heated, add your onion and cook for 10 minutes or until they become translucent. Finally, add your garlic and mushrooms before sautéing them for 2 to 3 minutes. 

Next, it’s time to prepare the cabbage. The key is to season the green cabbage with kosher salt and ground black pepper before adding it to the pan with some precooked sausage. Stir the mix and allow it to cook for 10 to 15 minutes — or until the cabbage is slightly tender. 

To finish the dish, combine and stir the red potatoes, carrots, chicken broth, and season stewed tomatoes into the pot. Then bring it to a boil for 10 minutes, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cover the pot for 35 minutes. Allow it to cook until the vegetables are tender before serving.

If you happen to have any leftover cabbage and are looking for a pescatarian-friendly dish to try out, you can always check out this crispy skillet salmon with mustardy cabbage. For those looking for a more traditional Southern classic, however, this delicious smothered cabbage and potatoes recipe is a great option.