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Kielbasa and Sweet Potato Soup
with turnips / cabbage

Active: 30 min Total: 45 min
Rustic, comforting, and so simple to make, this soup is great for a busy weeknight. Don't skip the apple cider vinegar (and add more to taste). The tangy flavor from the vinegar is what brings everything together.
Smarts #1: Angel hair coleslaw mix will cook down fairly quickly, but regular coleslaw mix or hand-sliced cabbage will take slightly longer. Be sure the cabbage is very tender and silky before continuing with the rest of the recipe.
Smarts #2: This recipe could be made in the Instant Pot. For tips, join the Cook Smarts Instant Pot Facebook Group.


Kielbasa and Sweet Potato Soup:
  • Sweet potatoes - 1 lb , cubed
  • Turnips - 12 oz , peeled and cubed
  • Garlic - 4 cloves , chopped
  • Onions, medium - 1 , diced
  • Kielbasa - 8 oz , chopped (sub any type of pre-cooked or smoked sausage)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp (sub regular paprika)
  • Oregano, dried - 1 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Coleslaw mix - 10 oz (look for angel hair / thin-sliced coleslaw; sub finely shredded cabbage)
  • Stock, any type - 5 cups
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 1 Tbsp


  1. Sweet potatoes / Turnips / Garlic / Onions / Kielbasa - Prep as directed. Combine sweet potatoes and turnips in one container. Store remaining ingredients in their own containers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

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  1. Heat a Dutch oven or stockpot with oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and kielbasa and saute until onions are very tender and kielbasa is starting to brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in paprika, oregano, red pepper flakes (if using), garlic, and coleslaw mix. Saute until cabbage is very soft and silky, another 6 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add stock, sweet potatoes, and turnips and cover with a lid. Simmer until vegetables are tender, ~20 minutes. (Be sure to keep the pot covered so the soup doesn't reduce down too much as everything cooks.)
  4. Stir in vinegar and season soup with some salt and pepper. Add additional vinegar if you’d like the soup more tangy.
  5. Ladle soup into bowls and enjoy!



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