from pin to post: cabbage soup.

by Janetha on January 21, 2013

in recipes

about a week ago, marshall asked me to make cabbage soup for dinner. his mom used to make it when he was a kid. i personally had never made cabbage soup, so i didn’t have a recipe on hand. but, lucky for me, i had pinned a slow cooker cabbage soup recipe awhile back, so i snagged the ingredients for the soup and made it for dinner last week.


i thought this recipe was delicious, so it is the perfect candidate for my second installment of my new series: from pin to post!


the original recipe came from kalyn’s kitchen, which is a great resource for slow cooker recipes! i did make a few changes to the recipe, so i have listed my version below.

Slow Cooked Sausage Cabbage Soup - meals & moves

slow cooked sausage cabbage soup
adapted from kalyn’s kitchen
active time: 5 minutes, cook time: 6-8 hours
yield: eight 16 oz servings


  • 6 cups cabbage, roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 8 stalks of celery, diced
  • 2 (4.5 oz) cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups (48 oz) low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 TB dried thyme
  • 2 tsp ground fennel
  • 2 tsp all purpose seasoning (such as trader joe’s 21 seasoning salute)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 8 links of chicken or turkey sausage (such as trader joe’s sweet italian chicken sausage)
  • optional garnish: freshly grated balsamic parmesan cheese or goat cheese crumbles


  1. combine cabbage, onion, celery, diced tomatoes, broth, thyme, fennel, all purpose seasoning, salt, and pepper in a five-quart slow cooker.
  2. cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.
  3. thirty minutes prior to eating, add tomato paste and season with additional salt & pepper as needed.
  4. just before you are ready to eat, brown the sausage in a skillet.
  5. add sausage to the soup or add it to each individual bowl—the choice is yours.
  6. if desired, garnish with cheese and serve with garlic bread.


a few notes on my modifications:

i wish i would have halved this recipe. it made much too much for just the two of us. i didn’t think of it beforehand!

i added the tomato paste and increased the seasonings because it was just a tad bland for my palate. IMG_6435

i loved the fact that i had a reason to use my mortar and pestle! ha—hardly ever break that bad boy out.

since we are just two people, we browned only two sausages before eating. we added the sausage directly to our bowls and did this every time we had a bowl of leftovers. that was better for the sausage-to-soup ratio.


if you have any reason to consume garlic bread, you have got to buy alexia garlic bread from the freezer section at your grocery store. IT IS SO DANG DELICIOUS. (so delicious that i disregard my dairy restriction in order to eat a slice or two on occasion.)


the balsamic parmesan from costco is excellent, too.. and i snuck a few shreds for my soup. this nondairy thing is hard for me. i follow it 97% of the time.. and that other 3% is reserved for buttered bread and gourmet cheese.

here are the stats per serving:


oh, and a serving is BIG! two full cups of soup and a whole sausage.

thanks for the great recipe, kalyn!

i was thinking of making my “from pin to post” an open series for everyone to participate. if you have successfully turned one of your pinterest pins into real life—whether it be a recipe, a craft, or something else—i would love to do a list link up of your experiences. let me know if you have one to share! and please feel free to use the “from pin to post” image above.

xo. janetha g.

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moira January 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm

you should freeze half of the soup for another day. my husband and i make big batches of soup and chili to freeze. There is nothing better than coming home on a cold day and throwing some leftovers in the pot to simmer and not having to cook! we (aka he aka i bought the beer he made the soup) are currently making spicy chicken soup right now!

Stephanie @ Wholesome By Design January 21, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I just made my own version of these egg muffins I found on pinterest —> . But I don’t have a functional kitchen and my camera sucks so I’m not blogging about it.

Stephanie @ Wholesome By Design January 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Here’s another one I made and LOVED. You need to try it. Your taste buds will dance a happy dance —>

Lindsay January 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I’m loving this recipe! Easy, delicious and very healthy! Thanks for sharing.

Lauren January 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm

My MIL makes cabbage soup often. It’s apparently a Russian staple but I doubt she ever has used the slow cooker method. Looks fabulous!

Jess T January 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm

i don’t have a blog but i do have a board of successful recipes

Erica January 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Kalyns kitchen is what inspired kaylins name :). I love cabbage! Wish josh liked it!! Great recipe!!

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I love this series idea! I’ve posted a couple of recipes that were a result of a pin. My favorite so far was slow cooker French onion soup. It was amazing!

Annette@FitnessPerks January 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I’ve never made cabbage soup–but I love cabbage. I need to get on this pin to post thing… I pin tons of stuff & do nada with ’em. Haha

Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome January 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I love that recipe! I’m a huge fan of cabbage in soup but don’t make it all too often. This one looks like it’s one to make for sure! I make a lot of stuff off Pinterest, especially lately with my Paleo Challenge. Recently I made something similar to this recipe tonight for dinner and it was delicious! I roasted the carrots and cauliflower then pulsed them with Sautéed onions and garlic. So good!

lindsay January 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm

you are so stinkin clever. Hope marshall knows that. Yes, he does.

Corrie Anne January 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm

That looks delicious. I love eating soup in the winter so much. I’ve never tried the Alexia bread — now I want to! I eat the sweet potato fries pretty regularly though. :)

Lisa January 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I’m now obsessed with these types of posts! prefer seeing these then just mindlessly pinning on pinterest, at risk that they would fail. Which I’m sure I’d manage anyways. This looks so delicious! I definitely will pin this one:) Since it’s clearly a winner.

@pluvk January 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

This soup is right up my alley. I just pinned it before I commented… it looked too good to pass up!

Madison January 22, 2013 at 5:21 am

The soup looks delicious and very nutritious! Thanks to Marshall for asking you to make this. :)

Linz @ Itz Linz January 22, 2013 at 5:35 am

can you freeze the leftover soup? when i make enormous batches i usually take a little to my in-laws, parents, and grandparents – that way they can enjoy it too! :)

Janetha January 22, 2013 at 5:52 am

We ended up eating most of it… Funny thing is that Marshall doesn’t love frozen leftovers. I think its a mental thing haha

Lindsay's List January 22, 2013 at 6:24 am

have you tried JUICING cabbage? Acupuncturist said it was good for the gut – very alkaline. I just don’t know…

Janetha January 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

Yep! We use red cabbage in our juice.

Bria @ West of Persia January 22, 2013 at 6:43 am

That soup looks excellent. Wish I had a big bowl waiting for me for tonight’s dinner. It’s COLD out here!

Janetha January 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

Burrr.. cold here, too. 7 degrees :(

Andrea@WellnessNotes January 22, 2013 at 6:51 am

I’m trying to use my slow cooker more, and this soup sounds great. Plus there will be enough for leftovers, which I love! :)

Melissa January 22, 2013 at 11:40 am

I’ve had a hankering for soup lately and anything that uses my slow cooker is a winner with me!

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life January 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I love the idea of linking up other successful Pinterest recipes. I have a series called “From Pin to Plate”, but I’d love to be able to connect with others and find what Pinterest successes or fails they’ve had!

amy @ amyisthankful January 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

last week I actually made a new folder for pinterest called “pins I’ve actually tried.” as I feared, it was pretty small :). I’ve blogged about a couple of pins I’ve done, but one of my favorites was a monogrammed canvas I made shortly after getting married last year. my 2013 goal is to do more intentional pinning!

betty January 23, 2013 at 6:39 am

with it being 10 degrees here, i think i’m going to have to make this ASAP! i know its cold there, too! barbara loves cabbage and has been asking for it, so i think this will be on the recipe list for the week!

steph January 23, 2013 at 11:15 pm

I love cabbage soup. I highly suggest throwing in some red bell pepper next time!

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