Slow cooked smoked cheddar sausage and cabbage is a perfect "stew" with hearty chunks of meat and vegetables in one. Slow cooked cabbage and sausage soup with the sweet taste of apples is the perfect week night dinner that you can set it and forget it. Combining cheddar or apple sausage, a coleslaw mixture of raw cabbage and shredded carrots, with potatoes and carrots creates a nearly perfect and filling stew that will leave no stomach growling. If you have room, add a side of golden brown toasted bread. This soup is so easy to make it just might be on your menu every month!
Dump 16 oz. bag of coleslaw mix in a large 8 quart slow cooker. The bagged mix will be very full in the slow cooker until cooked.
Add sliced carrots, chopped red apple (with skins), chopped red potatoes and sliced cheddar sausage on top of cabbage mixture.
Pour in chicken broth and apple juice.
Season with salt and black pepper.
Place lid on slow cooker and cook for 7 hours on LOW or 3.5 -4 hours on HIGH heat.
If you have a smaller 4-6 quart slow cooker, reduce amount of cabbage.
It is fine to double the amount of sausage in this recipe.
Can this soup be made with kielbasa? Kielbasa is the German word for a polish sausage and its the same thing – so yes. Andouille, Italian, Turkey and pork sausages can all be substituted or mixed as a medley.What kind of baby potatoes can be added? Potatoes go amazing in a slow cooker, just make sure to use smaller bits or cut into quarters or halves to make sure they finish at the same time. We recommend using smaller varieties like baby reds or creamer potatoes.What sides go with sausage and cabbage?You won't need much more of a side with this dish. It’s SUPER FILLING Just add a bit of golden brown and crusty garlic bread if you like, but its filling enough to serve on its own.Alternative Seasoning for Slow Cooked CabbageWhen it comes to soup and stews, there really are a variety of ways to season the dish. I kept the sausage and cabbage super simple because I enjoy the fresh flavors the vegetables bring, but feel free to season with garlic powder, onion powder or even a seasoned soup mix like Italian Seasoning to really liven up the soup. Other bright and bold flavors often include fennel seeds or caraway, but I personally find those ingredients quite large and generally leave them out of my recipes.