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Cheesy Keto Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage

This KETO CABBAGE SOUP is loaded with sliced smoked sausage, diced tomatoes, and cabbage, all in a cheesy, comforting soup! This recipe is perfect for chilly nights.

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Chilly nights can only mean one thing in my house…SOUP!

Nothing beats a hot bowl of soup on a cold night and we often do soup and salad for dinner in the fall and winter. It’s cozy, comforting, and soup is usually pretty easy to whip up.

With all of the staying home we’ve been doing lately, soup is basically the perfect dinner. It feels like a warm hug and we all could use that these days!

This keto cabbage soup is studded with smoked sausage, onions, and tomatoes with green chiles. Oh, and cabbage, of course.

The base is smooth, creamy, and cheesy, and there are plenty of veggies and sausage to keep you satisfied.

Our keto chili and keto beef stew are other comfort food favorites that we enjoy often.

Ingredient Notes:

Smoked Sausage – Check your label as some smoked sausages are loaded with sugar. Our nutrition is based on one that is 2g carbs per 2 ounces of sausage.

Cabbage – Not everyone enjoys cabbage, but mix it up with lots of cheese and some flavorful smoked sausage and I bet they’ll change their mind! You’ll need one chopped medium head of cabbage for this recipe.

Cheese – We’re using a mix of cream cheese and cheddar for optimum cheesiness and creaminess.

Ro*Tel We use the regular variety and it adds a nice flavor to the soup. Feel free to use the mild or spicy variety if you prefer.

What Readers Are Saying:

“Hubby & I made this soup for dinner .. it has all of our favorite ingredients: smoked sausage, cabbage, rotel, cheddar cheese .. it was delish & super easy to make .. definitely will be added to our repertoire! Thank you!”  – Bill & Shirley

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How To Make Cabbage Soup:

  • Smoked Sausage – Start by sautéing your smoked sausage with some diced onion in your soup pot. We like get the sausage a bit browned for extra flavor. We prefer to use a smoked sausage that has 2 net carbs per serving, so be sure to peek at the nutrition label when shopping. Some of them are loaded with carbs! If you don’t have or don’t like sausage, you can easily swap it out for bacon! Just be sure to cook the bacon thoroughly.sauteed sausage and onions in stock pot
  • Cabbage – Stir in the garlic, chicken stock, cabbage, and Ro*Tel. Cover the dish and let it simmer for about 10 minutes or until the cabbage is nice and tender and has absorbed all the flavors from the sausage and chicken stock!cabbage, sausage, and diced tomatoes in soup pot
  • Cheese – Melt some cream cheese in the microwave and then add it right into the soup and give it a good stir. Melting the cream cheese first helps it to incorporate into the hot liquid and not just clump up a bunch. Stir in the cheddar until everything is all creamy and melty and well combined. Your cabbage soup with sausage is ready to eat! Dig in! This goes great with my keto cornbread or low carb biscuits.cheesy smoked sausage and cabbage soup


How to store cabbage soup?

You can store this soup in the fridge for 3-4 days. You may notice that the soup separates as it sits in the fridge. Just stir well during and after heating to bring it all back together. I have not tried freezing this soup, and I am not sure how well the cabbage would hold up.

Can you make this keto cabbage soup in a crockpot?

I’ve never tried it but I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t. You’ll need to sauté the sausage, onion, and garlic in a skillet first to get all the flavors right. I’d probably try cooking it on high for 4 hours, while checking throughout.

What brand of smoked sausage is best?

We use Johnsonville Smoked Sausage as it has just 2 net carbs per 2 ounce serving. Some sausages are loaded with sugars, fillers, and other ingredients we’re not interested in. Always read your labels!

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Smoked Sausage and Cabbage Soup

This keto cabbage soup is loaded with smoked sausage in a creamy, cheesy base. It's perfect for a chilly night.

Yield 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 medium head cabbage, chopped
  • 10 ounces diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Slice the smoked sausage into thin rounds.
  2. Heat the oil in a dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat.
  3. Add the sausage and onions to the pot and cook until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
  5. Add the chicken stock, cabbage, and Ro*Tel to the pot and stir well to combine.
  6. Bring a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the cabbage is tender, about 10 minutes.
  7. Melt the cream cheese in the microwave until soft and easy to stir. Stir the cream cheese into the soup along with the cheddar and continue stirring over low heat until the cheeses have melted and the soup is creamy. 
  8. Taste and season with salt and pepper. 


Be sure to use a smoked sausage with just 2 net carbs per 2 ounce serving. Many sausages are filled with carbs, so you'll want to check labels.

Heating the cream cheese in the microwave helps keep it from separating when you add it to the soup. If it does separate a bit, just stir well to try to bring it back together. It'll taste the same either way.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 1251mgCarbohydrates: 14gNet Carbohydrates: 10gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 17g

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49 thoughts on “Cheesy Keto Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage”

  1. Teresa Hake

    This soup was fantastic!!! It really makes a lot for a family of 2. Can it be frozen?

    1. Karly Campbell

      So glad you enjoyed it! We haven’t tried freezing this soup. I’m not sure how well it would hold up.

  2. Oh. My. Word. This soup is astonishingly good! I made it again yesterday, and it was magic all over again. It is now my absolute FAVORITE soup! THANK YOU!!!!

  3. This is my new favorite soup! I’ve eaten it almost everyday for the past 3 weeks! I even took some to my family’s Thanksgiving celebration to stay on track. Thank you so much for sharing!

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