Friday, January 04, 2013

Slow Cooker Recipe for Cabbage Soup with Tomatoes, Chicken-Garlic Sausage, and Parmesan

Slow Cooker Cabbage Sausage Soup Recipe
Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with lots of flavor from Tomatoes, Chicken-Garlic Sausage, and Parmesan.

Next up for A Month of Daily Phase One Recipes is this delicious Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup.  I hope no one has flashbacks of The Cabbage Soup Diet when they hear the name of the recipe, because this soup is a perfect South Beach Diet Phase One recipe, but you won't think about being on a diet when you're eating it.  My cabbage soup is loaded with flavor from tomatoes, beef stock, seasonings, and Chicken-Garlic sausage, and it gets even better if you top it with a spoonful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  And best of all, if you do a little chopping the night before, this is one of those "throw in the slow cooker and cook all day" kinds of recipes that so many people love.  When you get home, just brown the sausage, add to the soup and cook on high for 30-45 minutes more, and dinner is ready!

Yes, this is the fourth recipe I've made with Sabatinos Chicken Sausage with Mozzarella, Artichokes and Garlic, and just in case anyone is wondering, Sabatinos has no idea I'm alive and they have certainly not paid me to promote their sausage or given me any samples.  I'm just a bit infatuated with this sausage at the moment, but if you can't find this brand use any low-fat chicken or turkey sausage that has good flavor.

You'll need about a pound of chopped cabbage.  (Bad photo; I forgot to check the camera exposure and it was turned way too dark!)

Also chop up a medium onion and about 1 cup of celery.  I prefer my soup veggies chopped on the small side, but it will work even if you like them a little bigger. 

Put the cabbage, onion, celery, 2 cans petite diced tomatoes, beef stock, and spices in the slow cooker and cook all day on low or 3-4 hours on high.

Here's how the soup will look after you've cooked it that long.

Then slice four chicken-garlic sausages into thin slices and brown then well.  (Okay, we browned a couple of them a little too well, but no worries.)  When I bring the sausages home from Costco I separate them into packages of six and seal in FoodSaver bags, but if you wanted to use 6 sausages in this soup it would certainly not hurt!)

Add the sausage to the slow cooker (and turn to high if you were cooking on low) and cook for 30-45 minutes more.  Serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan Cheese if desired.

Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Tomatoes, Chicken-Garlic Sausage, and Parmesan
(Makes 6-8 servings; recipe created by Kalyn when she became infatuated with Sabatinos Chicken Sausage with Mozzarella, Artichokes and Garlic.)

6 cups chopped cabbage (1 pound)
1 onion, chopped small
1 cup celery, diced small
2 cans (14.5 oz.) petite dice tomatoes
6 cups beef stock (Homemade beef stock is best, but you can use canned beef broth if you don't have it.)
2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. ground fennel
fresh ground black pepper to taste
4 (or 6) links Sabatinos Chicken Sausage with Mozzarella, Artichokes and Garlic (or use any low-fat chicken or turkey sausage that has good flavor)
2 tsp. olive oil
freshly-grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional, but very good!)

I used a 5.5 quart slow cooker for this recipe, but it could have been a little smaller.

Chop the cabbage, onion, and celery and place in the slow cooker.  (If you're making this to cook while you're at work I would chop those the night before and store in the fridge in a plastic bag.)  Add the 2 cans of tomatoes, beef stock, dried thyme, ground fennel, and black pepper to the slow cooker.  Cook 8-9 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.  

When you get home, or when the cabbage is well-softened if you're cooking on high, slice the sausage into pieces about 1/4 inch thick.  Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan and cook over medium-high heat until the sausage is nicely browned.  (You might need to do this in 2 batches if you use 6 sausages.)  Add the well-browned sausage to the soup, turn to high if you were cooking on low, and cook 30-45 minutes more.  Serve hot, with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

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South Beach Suggestions: 
Everything in this soup is a low-glycemic food, and the chicken-garlic sausage I'm so crazy about has only 8 grams of fat and 1 gram of sugar per sausage, so this is a great recipe for any phase of the South Beach Diet

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Phase One Soups with Cabbage:
Slow Cooker Spicy Ground Beef and Bean Soup with Cabbage and Spinach
Goulash Soup with Red Pepper and Cabbage
Lentil and Sausage Soup with Cabbage
Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup

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  1. The cabbage soup diet flashback comment made me laugh - I'm making a cabbage soup for dinner tonight & hoping to blog it and kept thinking about that old soup diet. This looks delicious Kalyn, I'll have to look for that sausage!

  2. Aggie, I've been a *wee* bit obsessed with that sausage. It's delicious and very low in fat!

  3. I LOVED this recipe and so did my hubby, which is a big win! I'm in Vancouver, BC and so haven't seen that brand of turkey sausage, but I just used a combination of turkey garlic sausages and it turned out great.
    Thank you for your blog, Kayln. I am succeeding on SBD because of your recipes - and hubby loves the flavourful cooking so much he just suggested I only cook phase 1 recipes!

  4. My Costco here in North Texas doesn't carry the sausage, but I know I can find something similar. I love any type of cabbage soup so this is a for sure to try recipe. Thanks Kalyn!

  5. I didn't find ground fennel at the store today and have this in my crockpot minus that right now.
    I looked up substitutes and found anise, dill, caraway and cumin - quite a diverse bunch!
    Any suggestions?

  6. Kimberly, definitely not anise, dill or caraway. Cumin maybe. If you can find fennel seed, just smash with something hard next time.

  7. Thank you so much for replying!

  8. LOVE your website!! Started sbd back before kiddos and had great success but when i revisited after my first daughter was born found i quickly fell into a rut. Honestly haven't made a recipe that wasn't good. I have relied on you off and on the past few years in between babies to drop the pregnancy weight. I feel so lucky that I stumbled upon your website!! I will never get bored eating healthy again! Done with having babies so sticking with it this time. Lost 5 lbs this week doing phase 1 almost primarily off of your recipes. Realized I had never commented or thanked you! Have this soup in crock pot now and have no worries that it will be wonderful! Thanks for all that you do!!

  9. I just finished making this soup for dinner but it's sooooooo good we're having dinner right now, as soon as I post this comment. We tried your spicy turkey soup the other night and it was awesome too!

  10. This was delicious and so easy to put together. Even with chopping the veggies, it only took me about 15 minutes to throw together before work this morning --special thanks to the handy Williams-Sonoma onion chopper you recommended!)

    I live with vegetarians, so I made it with vegetable stock and Tofurky Italian Sausage. Unfortunately this made it no longer SBD friendly, but it was still wonderful (and one of these days I'll make my own personal batch with the sausage).


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