German Cabbage Soup for the Soul

Paula Todora


When we lived in Maple Valley, WA we visited a wonderful and authentic German Restaurant often. The Cabbage soup was our favorite. I asked the cook several times what her secret was (a German lady, of course). She would never devulge her secret, of course.
I would go home and attempt to get the flavors just right, with no success. Then one day, she told me the secret was in the pork broth.

That’s when I changed my recipe up, and here it is-tastes similar to hers without actually having her family recipe. We love it!


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25 Min
35 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp
  • 1 pkg
    beef sausage links, sliced into 1-in slices
  • 1 medium
    pork chop or pork loin slice
  • 2 tsp
    mined garlic
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 medium
    smoked ham or turkey leg, shank, etc.
  • 32 oz
    chicken or bone broth or vegetable broth
  • 4 large
    carrots, sliced
  • 10 small
    yellow or red skin potatoes, skins on and cut in halves or quarters
  • 1 small
    head cabbage, chopped roughly
  • 4
    bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp
    celery seed
  • 1/4 c
    heavy cream

How to Make German Cabbage Soup for the Soul


  1. In a large covered pot, add olive oil and butter on medium high heat. When butter is melted, add sliced sausage and pork chop. Cook and stir until sausage is lightly browned and pork is cooked through.
  2. Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT heavy cream and stir. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat to medium and cover.
  3. Cook on medium to medium low, covered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add additional salt and pepper, if needed and right before serving, add cream and stir.
  4. Remove from heat and ladle into bowls and serve with hard rolls. The best part is dipping the rolls into the broth.

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About German Cabbage Soup for the Soul

Course/Dish: Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: German
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #cabbage #pork #soup

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