Bavarian Sausage Cabbage Soup #SundaySupper

A hearty and healthy soup filled with cabbage, potatoes, kale and turkey sausage with a hint of mustard will remind you of German food and Oktoberfest.
A hearty soup loaded with vegetables and turkey sausage. Loved the hint of mustard at the end

Today is a fun day, a celebration of Oktoberfest and all things German. I was lucky enough to visit Germany many moons ago, when I was a child. This was over 30 years ago, but some things have still stuck with me. The first was how cold it was! Brr! It was usually so cold we had to buy coats to wear. I cannot remember if my coat was purple or polka dot, but I remember loving it. I remember gorgeous castles and museums. Even as a child I adored history and dreaming about the lives of the people living in the castle. Then, of course, I only thought of the people who owned the castle, not the poor people having to work in the castle. I had a romantic and totally unrealistic idea of the whole thing. The other thing I remember is food glorious food. I am sure that does not surprise you.

I remember eating sausage at the train station every single day for breakfast. Yup, wurst for breakfast, accompanied by some bread and mustard. This may have been the trip that elevated sausage to my absolute favorite meat in the world. Oh man, do the Germans know how to make sausage. I want to go back and eat sausage! To this day, my favorite breakfast food is sausage. I remember Hungarian Goulash and Schnitzel, too. You can find my recipe for Hungarian Goulash and spaetzle on this blog. I still remember eating them for lunch after visiting Neuschwanstein Castle. I will share a schnitzel recipe in the new year. I ate a different kind of schnitzel every single night for dinner.

A hearty soup loaded with vegetables and turkey sausage. Loved the hint of mustard at the end

 

This particular recipe came about when I happened to see a recipe in the magazine Eating Well for a Bavarian Leek & Cabbage soup. I pinned it to Pinterest, and it was re-pinned an insane amount of times. So  much so that I decided to make it, even though the reviews were iffy. The reviews were right; it was just OK. It needed  more flavor. So I set about improving the recipe and adding flavor. I added mustard both in the soup and in the topping. I always associate sausage and mustard together from our trip to Germany. Plus it adds so much flavor with practically no calories. A few additional spices really give it the oomph it needed.

In my first trial of this soup, I made a huge mistake. I mean HUGE! I rarely make homemade chicken stock, but happened to have some in the freezer. This soup would be just the vehicle to use it. I pulled out a container and defrosted it. I poured it into the soup and let it simmer away. It smelled so good, and I could not wait to taste. I took a spoon and sipped the broth expecting a lovely flavor. Ugh! What I got was seriously tart lemon flavor, so tart I wanted to spit it out. How in the world did lemon permeate my soup? There is no lemon in this recipe. Then it dawned on me, I defrosted a huge container of lemon juice my Dad had given me. It was in the freezer for my daughter to make lemonade. Egades, what had I done? Why had I not labeled the lemon juice? The soup was a disaster. I tried draining off all the liquid and rinsing the solids to no avail. The lemon juice has made the soup inedible. I could have cried. What a waste of money and time. Not to be outdone by the lemon juice, I went back to the store and bought all the ingredients again. You better believe I checked and checked again that I used chicken broth this time. Be sure to check below for more Oktoberfest recipes from my Sunday Supper colleagues.

A hearty soup loaded with vegetables and turkey sausage. Loved the hint of mustard at the end

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Bavarian Sausage Cabbage Soup

20 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 20 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. grape seed oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup diced rutabaga
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • ½ tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (12 oz.) bottle lager
  • 8 cups thinly sliced cabbage
  • 3 cups diced red potatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 12 oz. smoked turkey kielbasa, cut into ½ inch moons
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. whole grain mustard

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, carrots, rutabaga, mustard, ½ tsp. salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
  3. Add broth, lager, cabbage, potatoes, bay leaves, thyme and remaining ½ tsp. salt.
  4. Bring to a simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  5. Add kale, kielbasa and applesauce. Simmer for another 15 minutes.
  6. Remove thyme sprigs and bay leaves.
  7. In a small bowl, stir together sour cream and mustard.
  8. Spoon soup into bowls and top with a spoonful of sour cream mustard sauce.

Notes

Cal 236/Fat 8g/Carbs 31g/Fiber 6g/Protein I calculated 8 Weight Watcher smart points

7.8.1.2
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Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

Appetizers (Vorspeisen)

Breakfast (Frühstück)

Condiments (Würze)

Dessert (Nachtisch)

Main Dish (Hauptgericht)

Side Dish (Beigabe)

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A hearty soup loaded with vegetables and turkey sausage. Loved the hint of mustard at the end

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Comments

  1. What a fantastic recipe! Reminds me of a soup that I had when I lived there.
  2. Looks like such a hearty soup!
  3. Oh my gosh, I am still laughing about the lemon juice. I think we have all been there, Taken something from the freezer thinking it was something different than it was. You would think we would learn to mark things but noooooo. We must just like surprises LOL.

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