Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Week One - Kielbasa Cabbage Soup

3 cups coleslaw mix (I used cabbage)
2 medium carrots, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
2 tablespoons butter
1- 32 ounce carton chicken broth
3/4 to 1 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (I used kielbasa)
2 medium, unpeeled Golden Delicious apples, chopped
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt

In a large saucepan, saute the coleslaw mix, carrots, onion, celery and caraway seeds in butter for 5-8 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring soup to a boil. Reduce the heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes; stir occasionally.

I had to purchase all the ingredients except butter, salt and pepper. My grocery bill for this dish was $13.18. Also, this recipe is from the Taste of Home Winning Recipes Volume 2 Cookbook and makes a 6 serving meal.

Our Assessment
This was pretty easy to make. Chop veggies, saute, add other stuff and boil....easy! I have a pretty small food comfort zone and the apples made me nervous, but they were great! The soup wasn't the party in my mouth I expected it to be, but it was good. I think it may have needed pork kielbasa or a little more salt. Overall, James said I could make it again. Stay tuned...possibly a better recipe next week!!


  1. We will try this...but I am thinking I will skip on the apple.
    I would also use white pepper in it to give that extra bit of flavor. Or maybe we would add some fresh ground pepper on top.

    If my cooking is missing "something" the boys always think it can be fixed with "white pepper".

  2. Try the apple...suprisingly you don't really taste it. It makes the broth taste different but it's a good different!

  3. I think I would really like this. It has three strikes against it as far as my husband is concerned. 1. He thinks soup is not food. 2. He doesn't like sausage. 3. He doesn't like cabbage.

    I'll try this when he's away!