Smokey Kielbasa Cabbage Soup

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Smokey Kielbasa Cabbage Soup

Winter soups need to be hearty, and this Smokey Kielbasa Cabbage Soup fits the bill. The smoked paprika adds a depth of flavor to the soup.

Smokey Kielbasa Cabbage Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean turkey kielbasa
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery (tender bottoms and some of the tops)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour, (optional)
  • 1 quart low-sodium or homemade chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (16-ounce) can diced tomatoes, lightly crushed
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, or to taste
  • 1 dried bay leaf, torn in half
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups shredded white cabbage
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups cooked brown or white rice

Method

Step 1

In a small sauté pan, cook the kielbasa in a small amount of oil until lightly browned. Cut in half laterally, then into 1/4 inch slices. Set-aside.

Step 2

In a deep pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-low heat; add the onion, carrot, and celery, cover the pot and allow the vegetable to sweat for 5 - 10 minutes, do not brown. Add the flour, if using and stir well. Let cook for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Stir in the chicken broth, water and tomatoes, along with the paprika, bay leaf, salt, and pepper, simmer for 10 minutes, then add the cabbage, fava (or lima beans) and reserved kielbasa; cook for 10 - 15 minutes or until the cabbage is just tender. Add the rice and cook for 5 - 10 minutes more. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve in heated soup bowls.

 

 

Warm and Hearty Smokey Kielbasa Cabbage Soup

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Smokey Kielbasa Cabbage Soup

 

Winter soups need to be hearty, and this Smokey Kielbasa Cabbage Soup fits the bill.  I actually made this soup in early spring, when the weather was still trying to make up its mind what season it was, so I had some beautiful fresh fava beans to put into it.  As an alternative, you could peel lima beans to create close to the same taste and texture the fava beans provide.

smoked paprika adds a depth of flavor to the soup

Lima beans get a bad rap in my opinion.  I think it’s due to the bitterness that’s in the skin.  Just as a fava bean is bitter until peeled, so is the lima bean.  Both need their thick outer layer of skin peeled to allow the sweet tender center to shine.  To peel either, plunge the bean* into some boiling water, for about 2 – 3 minutes, remove to an ice bath (a bowl of water that is iced) to cool and then using a paring knife, remove the skin.  It’s not hard, but it is a little time-consuming.  If you don’t feel like peeling your lima or fava, then just omit them.

The smoked paprika adds a depth of flavor to the soup, and the optional flour addition makes the broth a bit thicker and more hearty. Again, if you don’t mind a thinner broth, feel free to omit the flour.

This soup goes wonderfully with a dense Rye bread such as you get from my recipe for No-Knead Crusty Rye Bread

*Note:  Fava beans need to be double peeled.  First taken out of their pod, then taken out of their skin.  You can use thawed frozen lima beans as an alternative, which will just need to be taken out of their outer skin if you so choose.

 

Yield: 6 servings

Smokey Kielbasa Cabbage Soup

Smokey Kielbasa Cabbage soup in a bowl with a spoon.

Winter soups need to be hearty, and this Smokey Kielbasa Cabbage Soup fits the bill. The smoked paprika adds a depth of flavor to the soup.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean turkey kielbasa
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery (tender bottoms and some of the tops)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour, (optional)
  • 1 quart low-sodium or homemade chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (16-ounce) can diced tomatoes, lightly crushed
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, or to taste
  • 1 dried bay leaf, torn in half
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups shredded white cabbage
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups cooked brown or white rice

Instructions

Step 1

In a small sauté pan, cook the kielbasa in a small amount of oil until lightly browned. Cut in half laterally, then into 1/4 inch slices. Set-aside.

Step 2

In a deep pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-low heat; add the onion, carrot, and celery, cover the pot and allow the vegetable to sweat for 5 - 10 minutes, do not brown. Add the flour, if using and stir well. Let cook for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Stir in the chicken broth, water and tomatoes, along with the paprika, bay leaf, salt, and pepper, simmer for 10 minutes, then add the cabbage, fava (or lima beans) and reserved kielbasa; cook for 10 - 15 minutes or until the cabbage is just tender. Add the rice and cook for 5 - 10 minutes more. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve in heated soup bowls.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 1022mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 10gProtein: 29g

Nutritional values calculated using low-fat Kielbasa and may not be 100% accurate


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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.
  • Calories
    332
  • Fat
    11g Fat (2g Sat, 4g Mono, 1g Poly)
  • Protein
    29g
  • Carbohydrate
    37g
  • Dietary Fiber
    10g
  • Cholesterol
    74mg
  • Sodium
    1022mg

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