Cabbage, Sausage and Potato Soup

Ingredients:

1 pound kielbasa sausage*, sliced into bite-sized pieces

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 medium leeks sliced into ⅛ inch rounds (white and pale green parts only)

2 medium carrots, peeled and diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 small green cabbage, chopped into bite-sized pieces

3 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups chicken or vegetable stock

1 pound red potatoes, diced

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, homemade or store-bought

1 bay leaf

Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

Directions

  • Add sausage to a large stockpot and cook over medium-heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring and flipping occasionally, until the sausage is lightly browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to a separate plate, and set aside.
  • Add the olive oil, leeks, carrots and celery to the pan, and stir to combine. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the cabbage and garlic, and sauté for 4 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the stock, potatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, cooked sausage, and stir to combine. Continue cooking until the soup reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked and tender. Taste and season with a few generous pinches of salt and black pepper as needed. (Also, depending on how seasoned your sausage is, feel free to stir in a extra few teaspoons of Italian seasoning if you think it needs some extra flavor. A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes will also help bring out the flavors.)
  • Serve warm, refrigerate in sealed containers for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
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