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Recipe: Cajun Cabbage Soup

Not too spicy, warm and healthy. Skip the sausage, add canned beans, and use vegetable stock to make it vegetarian. Serve with sourdough bread and more salsa as desired.

Cajun Cabbage Soup Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 3 leeks, halved and thinly sliced

  • onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 stalks celery, diced

  • 3 carrots, diced

  • 1 small head cabbage, and thinly sliced

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 cup salsa

  • ? cup ketchup

  • 4 cubes chicken bouillon

  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning (such as Tony Chacheres), or more to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • pound smoked sausage, thinly sliced

How to Make Cajun Cabbage Soup

  1. Heat butter in a large Dutch oven or heavy stockpot over medium heat; cook and stir leeks, onion, and garlic until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add celery and carrots; cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes. Add cabbage; cook and stir until slightly tender, about 5 minutes.

  2. Mix water, salsa, ketchup, bouillon cubes, Creole seasoning, salt, and pepper into vegetable mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors blend in soup, 20 minutes. Add sausage to soup and simmer until cooked through, about 20 minutes more.

Cajun Cabbage Soup Nutritions

  • Calories: 221.2 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 19.9 g

  • Cholesterol: 27.2 mg

  • Fat: 12.4 g

  • Fiber: 4.5 g

  • Protein: 9.5 g

  • SaturatedFat: 5.1 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 1522.1 mg

  • Sugar: 9.8 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Cajun Cabbage Soup Reviews

  • Cajun Cabbage Soup Haiku: "Perfect spice for me, daughter said, eek Its too hot Didnt like ketchup." I increased the onions, not having any leeks, and kept everything else the same, other than browning the slices of smoked sausage after the carrot step and b4 adding the cabbage as we like our sausage crispy around the edges. (I wish Id used a full pound, b/c even slicing a 1/2 lb. thin, as the recipe indicates, didnt provide enough of a meat-to-veggie-bite ratio.) I found it to be both too sweet (from the ketchup), and too salty (from the Tony C. seasoning and the 4 bouillon cubes), and my daughter found it too spicy, and well, nobody requested the leftovers the next day, which is unfortunate b/c I thought it was pretty good, so Im sad to say that this recipe probably wont be a repeat around here.

  • A great, hearty soup for a winters night. I made this pretty much as written - my changes being using a liter/quart container of organic chicken broth and 2 teaspoons of the Creole Seasoning Blend from this site (I try to avoid processed foods and additives as much as possible). I also used an additive free turkey kolbassa for the smoked sausage. The seasoning was pretty near perfect - a nice little kick from the creole seasoning and salsa and a touch of sweetness from the ketchup. I would recommend caution and dont add salt until the end (tasting first) - it was just about right without any additional salt as many of the ingredients already had salt in them. I also found that I needed another 2 cups of broth - and it was still really thick (but we like that). A definite "make again" and will try some of the variations suggested.

  • Im guilty of reading reviews and the subsequent modifications to get ideas and suggestions for possible improvements. This is a great recipe, but I refuse to use ketchup on anything, so I used extra salsa, a can of rotel, chicken stock and water with a spoon ofBetter than Bouillon, lots of Tony Chacheres. We devoured this with fresh French bread smothered in butter and Parmesan. Im looking forward to heating up the leftovers tomorrow

  • Great gumbo ish soupish, stewish, added napa cabbage along with one green cabbage ,substituted Tonys Creole cuz it was a little too salty for some Old Bay which is my favorite....a little goes a long way, improvise and adjust.....enjoy

  • I was looking for a way to get the odds and ends out of my fridge. This was perfect. I didnt have celery, carrots or leeks. I used a red onion and through in a half bunch of cilantro and 2 Tsp fresh lime juice. I also used kielbasa for the sausage. I normally always follow a recipe to the letter the first time I make it, but this is so versatile and the flavors meld beautifully. The best part was not wasting any food, Its way to expensive to let go bad.

  • I found this recipe while searching for more ways to use leeks. I lowered the sodium by using a cup of tomato sauce instead of salsa and ketchup. It turned out great.

  • I made some changes, 1 quart of chicken Stock in place of water and boullion,2 cans of diced tomatoes,used a whole onion as we love them,4-5 cloves garlic-we love them too. No ketchup per others reviews and used 1lb cajun sausage-we love spicy.No salt needed.used 1.5 cups of hot salsa. Added a bit more cabbage. the soup is more of a broth than a thick soup,but we absolutely loved it.Had with crusty bread. Next time,Ill use 1/2 lb of chicken with the sausage.This is really a keeper loved it

  • I browned the butter first then browned the onion and garlic in it. it added a roux type flavor to the base. I didnt have any leeks on hand so make it with 1 1/2 white onion and 4 large garlic cloves. I used canned diced tomatoe with jalapeno peppers, and added 1 1/2 tablespoons creole seasoning. Increased the catsup to 1/2 cup and added a bit more water. Sliced up 3 Evergood Hot husband loved it

  • This recipe is a keeper - my husband said he really liked it. I made it as described, though it tasted rather insipid. I added 2 T of Tony Cs Instant Roux and 1 T of molasses. This was for 2 servings.

  • This soup was excellent I had some leftover fresh cabbage and was searching for a soup. I tweaked it a little and used hot 2 links of Italian sausage which I browned first then sliced, as well as some chicken andouille hot sausage. I also added a cubed potato toward the end. I basically doubled the chicken stock to thin it out some. Will definitely be making this again.

  • I didnt use the leeks. I did use green beans, tomatoes and beef bouillon. Delicious

  • Add a can of Rotelo tomatos and green chiles to spice it up

  • Instead of bullion I used 32oz box of chicken broth and also used cajun seasonings. It was delicious, my wife had a bowl, I ate the rest for dinner and Lunch the next day at work I will make it again And next time I will use hot salsa

  • I swapped in some roast pork I had instead of sausage it was excellent Already medium hot, so watch that Cajun spice

  • I put some jalapeno slices in it.

  • Loved this soup Great flavor. Perfect for a cold or rainy day. Made as directed with a few minor substitutions. Replaced leeks with additional onions (personal choice because we do not like leeks). Following other reviewers advice I omitted the ketchup and added extra of my homemade "mild" salsa. Used my homemade creole seasoning, which has a little less cayenne pepper than some brands. Used the whole smoked sausage (14 oz.). Soup still had a nice "bite" without to much heat. Adding this to my list of favorite soups

  • I used 3 cups chicken broth instead of the bouillon because Im gluten free. Great flavor still and just spicy enough but not too much. Felt like I was still eating somewhat healthy. Ill make it again for sure. Cures the winter blues

  • This soup was excellent I had some leftover fresh cabbage and was searching for a soup. I tweaked it a little and used hot 2 links of Italian sausage which I browned first then sliced, as well as some chicken andouille hot sausage. I also added a cubed potato toward the end. I basically doubled the chicken stock to thin it out some. Will definitely be making this again.

  • Incredible flavor

  • This soup was delicious I added too much salt, I didnt consider the salt in the bullion cubes. I added more water and a peeled potato to absorb the salt. I will definitely make this again.

  • Delish Is a definite keeper for our family

  • Loved it but it too long to chop all the veggies. Love the salsa that was added it great it a nice kick and I added petite tomatoes too. Really good

  • Used what was on hand 3 lbs ground chuck instead of sauage, it supreme, my family x6 loved it with a sliver of cornbread some with crackers. em

  • Excellent I added more Tony Chacheres Cajun Spice because I like it bold and spicy. Did not disappoint

  • I switched out the sausage for Hillshire sausage for a few less calories. Good, robust flavor. Id make again

  • The price I paid for leeks was ridiculous so was very happy that this soup is so delicious. I did add a can of chicken broth for more liquid as I used more veggies than noted. Loved this soup.

  • Very, very good and warming on a cold Winter night.

  • I made a few changes, and it turned out awesome.1. I used Chili Sauce instead of Ketchup.2. I used more liquid than it called for, as the amount called for in the recipe did not cover the cabbage for cooking, I added 3 cups of chicken broth on top of the buillion and water called for in the recipe.

  • Sounds like my kind of dish come winter.I will probably use the crockpot.

  • Very good I followed the recipe exactly and we all loved it. It was spicy but not too much for me. Will definitely make, again Thank you

  • Yes I did not add the leeks and used beef bouillon instead of the chicken

  • Very good I followed the recipe exactly and we all loved it. It was spicy but not too much for me. Will definitely make, again Thank you

  • I was surprised at how easy and tasty this was. I had my doubts adding the sliced cabbage when there was hardly any room in the pot, let alone, room to saute at the bottom. That said, I made some changes. I used 4 cups of beef broth and one beef bouillon cube along with tomato paste instead of ketchup to make it more keto. I added a no salt Emeril Lagasse and hot smoked sausage. Except for chopping all of the veggies, it was easy and quick. Almost fool proof if you dont oversalt it

  • Made it just as the recipe says....I loved it & so did hubby Will make it again.

  • Used Sams Butcher Shop sausage was a little spicy but came out good

  • Made with my instant pot. I usually try to follow as close as possible but my wife does not eat onions. I made it without onions. I used Uncle Johns Pride smoked sausage and Zaterans cajon seasoning. I also added 2 cups of chicken stock since it looked a little dry. It came out awesome. The next time I make it I will not saut the cabbage and add only 1 cup of chicken stock. I set the instant pot for soup and set the time for 20 minutes.

  • Good flavor. Didnt add the butter. Next time will also omit the salt... Seasoning has enough on its own. Overall, really tasty. Perfect for a rainy afternoon.


  • Replace salsa with tomato sauceUsed beef sausageBeef stock

  • So many ingredients and not enough water. I added a cup more water and followed everything else as instructed.The whole family hated it and now I am stuck eating the whole pot.Too sweet from the ketchup and not enough broth

  • I added cilantro, poblano pepper and some leftover poblano soup. Yes I will make it again and again. JoAnn

  • Yummy soup. I didnt use the Creole seasoning. Husband doesnt like spicy. Medium spicy Salsa was enough.

  • Definitely a good soup My prep was just a little different as I browned the sausage in a little olive oil (bacon fat would be great too) then removed from the pot, tossed the vegetables in the fat and added poblano pepper and sauteed till soft. Then threw the garlic in for a min before adding the cabbage. I just used chicken stock and added water if it looked too thick. I used Cajun seasoning out of preference and instead of ketchup ( reviews saying it was too sweet) I used Cajun Power Garlic Sauce (its a vinegar, garlic and cayenne mixture) and that worked out great for a nice kick of heat for us. Will make this again Thank you so much for sharing

  • Better than described I followed the recipe and added andouille sausage. It was difficult to stop eating it. Really, really good

  • Very easy to make after chopping up the ingredients and very tasty

  • Yes I used turkey kielbasa and Jamaican seasoning. I made a jalapeo salsa and added that as well.

  • I used bulk sausage and tomato soup instead of ketchup and it was the best I will definitely make again

  • Yes it is easy to make and fast. However its awful.

  • I loved this I made exactly as written except for the ketchup and salt that some others suggested. I figured I could add them both in easily if I thought the recipe needed it. I didnt add either. It was plenty salty (And I like salt) and I was afraid Id like it less with the sweetness of the ketchup. But, it was SPICY I dont know if it was the creole seasoning, which I had never used before, or my salsa, because I do prefer hotter salsa. The salsa I used was medium hot.

  • I have food allergies and omitted a few things (onions and salsa). Whole family loved it Even our 10 year old.

  • I hate to rate recipes and then change them, but Erin said we could mix it up so I used what I had on hand. I browned 1/2 lb of regular spice ground sausage and set it aside to drain (this spread the meat out in the soup). Didnt have salsa, so I used petite diced tomatoes and instead of ketchup, I used tomato paste. The rest is per recipe and it was amazing Making it again this week Thanks Erin

  • I used tomatoes and green chilis instead of the ketchup and salsa as previously suggested. I loved it right from the start but hubby took a couple times and then said it was better after it sat for a day Definitely making again.

  • Be careful on the creole seasoning... other than that made it twice.... its delicious

  • Great flavor

  • I liked this soup. The only reason for the 4 star and not 5, is it was too salty for me, and I am definitely a salty kind of person. I used veggie broth instead of the water, so its all my fault. The broth I used should have been unsalted. I would make this dish again. Live and learn.

  • I left out the spicy seasoning and used mild salsa.

  • Cut the ketchup, add tomato paste, cut the carrots, add more celery, add greens, or peppers. Consider adding a half pound of chorizo. Great Keto recipe for us diabetics.

  • Awesome loved it

  • Made this in the instant pot and added fresh dill at the end. Fabulous. Smoky and warm without the burn.

  • I made it & it was delicious.

  • This turned out fantastic, everyone loved it. Will definitely be making again

  • Excellent soup for winter.

  • I added cilantro, poblano pepper and some leftover poblano soup. Yes I will make it again and again. JoAnn

  • It was great. Easy to make and very tasty. Im keeping the receipt.

  • Very tasty and healthy. Will make again.

  • Excellent low calorie dinner. Combine it with a salad and you have a great tasting Keto meal. I added a bit more spices to mine. Love this

  • Nice dish for a cold winter

  • The recipe left some room for interpretation as far as quantities, but I followed it as written for the most part. It got a bit spicy for me, but I think that was my own enthusiasm for the cajun spices and I used Cajun Andouille sausage, which is pretty spicy also. This will go on the list of winter soups for sure

  • Great soup Leave out the sausage, if you dont eat meat. Delicious, meat or not Quick and filling.

  • Love it Browning the sausage before adding to soup taste so much better

  • No, next time I may add rice

  • Awesome soup for fall or winter Followed the recipe as is, substituting chicken broth for water. I also added 1 cup of a soft red wine before simmering 20 min or longer. Amazing flavor I used

  • Yes I did not add the leeks and used beef bouillon instead of the chicken

  • This was so easy to make. It is delicious, healthy and not only does it taste good, its good for you. I used turkey sausage as I have friends who dont eat pork. It is a hit. My second time making it.

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