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

  1. Just WOW! This soup is amazing! I’m not much of a soup person but I really liked the picture! Haha! It’s 102 degrees in TX so it’s a great day to try this recipe! I used Chappell Hill sausage as it has 0 carbs. My husband requested that I make this again soon…..and I will!

    1. Karly Campbell

      Haha, sometimes the only thing that sounds good is soup – even on a 102 degree day! So glad you gave this a try and enjoyed it! 🙂

    1. Karly Campbell

      The cabbage, onion, garlic, and tomatoes all have natural sugars. The smoked sausage likely has a bit of sugar as well.

  2. I made this for dinner and it is delish! I didn’t have any Rotel in the pantry so i just squirted in some keto ketchup and it made a nice red broth. The cream cheese clumped when i added it but i turned up the heat and stirred for a minute and it melted in perfectly. I also added some celery salt. Yummy!

  3. A friend recommended this soup and so glad she did it’s delicious! I made it as written and it’s great.

  4. Jenny Izzo

    Interesting flavors. I added fennel seeds (like a tablespoon) and paprika. Some thyme might be nice. I wasn’t in love with the tomato add in, it took over and made it a bit pukey looking lol. I had to put the cabbage in for a LOT longer to get it really translucent (like more than a half hour).

  5. Bill & Shirley Middaugh

    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!

  6. I was not impressed with this soup. It tasted good however the next morning, the cheddar cheese left a oily residue on top of the bowl and the cream cheese separated. I’ll make it again but leave out the cheese.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Every ingredient in the soup has carbs. Mostly coming from the cabbage, tomatoes, and onion. Edited to add…every main ingredient. The salt, pepper, oil, and broth should be without. 🙂

  7. Made this and it was delicious! My husband hates cabbage with a passion and he actually like this one! Thanks.

  8. I made this using jalepeno smoked sausage, delicious! Since there is plenty of sodium in Rotel and sausage, I only added pepper, cumin and good pinch of ground chipotle pepper.

    1. Karly Campbell

      The soup is 10 net carbs, which may be too high for you or you may choose to make it fit in your day by eating less carbs elsewhere. 🙂

      1. Dominique Hayes

        Carbs are 14 grams. T.he net carbs is 10, that means it’s minus the 4 grams fiber. Therefore 10 grams carbs
        This is for the comment that said it was 6 grams


    I am a great lover of sausage and kraut. This recipe looks yummy. How could I make this less cheesy? Would I just leave it out?

    1. Karly Campbell

      You can leave out the cheddar, but don’t leave out the cream cheese as it’s what gives the soup some body.

  10. Stephanie LEBLANC

    LOVED this cabbage/sausage soup! Very easy to make. Definitely a cold-weather meal.

  11. Ohhh…my LORD! As someone who is just starting on the keto journey (though I’ve done low carb before), this recipe is everything and hits me right in the German/Irish heritage!! It’s 100 degrees here in LA today, but boy oh boy, I can’t wait for a cool fall day to make this!

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