Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cabbage and White Bean Soup

I know what you’re thinking….”Cabbage soup. YUCK!” I don’t like cooked cabbage either, but my mom made this some years back.  When I walked in the kitchen, I couldn’t get over how good the soup smelled. It really is a hearty and fiber-rich soup that is perfect with cornbread on a cold day.


Cabbage and White Bean Soup


  • 1 head of cabbage, outer leaves picked off, coarsely chopped & put in a big bowl of cold water
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 (14-16 oz) kielbasa (I usually get Hillshire Farms Polska kielbasa), sliced or diced depending on preference
  • 1 can mild Rotel
  • 3 cans of white Northern beans, drained
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 2 tablespoons salt for cabbage plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper


  • Drain water from cabbage. Add cabbage to a large stockpot, and fill with fresh water. Add about 2 tablespoons of salt.


  • In a separate skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add onions, and sauté 3 minutes.
  • Add kielbasa and sauté until onions are done and kielbasa is starting to brown.


  • Stir in garlic. Cook for one minute.
  • Add kielbasa, onions, and garlic to cabbage and water.
  • If needed, scoop out some of the water to make room for other ingredients.
  • Add rotel, chicken broth, and beans.  
  • Continue cooking until cabbage is soft and almost translucent—about an 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

*Note: This is a great crockpot recipe. No need to saute everything. Just put all ingredients in crockpot, minus the water you’d add to the cabbage. Instead, add a cup or two of water. Cook on low, and forgettaboutit!


This makes a lot, so share with your neighbor or a sick friend.

Make sure you make some cornbread with it!


  1. That looks delicious. I think I will make it in the crock-pot this week!

  2. That sounds and looks SOO good!! Thanks for sharing!! I'm thinking I should make a soup of some kind this weekend, and this just might be it!

  3. My family loved this! So good with cornbread.

  4. I don't have Rotel or beans, do you think it would be good without those two ingredients?

  5. Looks absolutely so appetizing, well done.