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Red Cabbage and Sausage Soup

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Author Notes

This soup is dense enough to be a full meal. In addition to the cabbage and sausage, it’s filled with potatoes and black-eyed peas. But it can also work as a first course, as its brothy base doesn't make it overly heavy; just serve a cup-size portion to enjoy the deep flavors without filling up. This recipe is adapted from the cookbook "Soup" by Jon Gordon. —Vicky | Things I Made Today

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: Vicky has lived in three countries, but currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and son.
WHAT: A hearty, one-pot stew we wish we'd discovered earlier in the season.
HOW: In a Dutch oven, bring vegetable stock, potatoes, and sausage to a simmer, flavored with a hefty amount of garlic. Add cabbage and black-eyed peas, then stir in cream during the final few minutes of cooking. Serve with smoked paprika, then rejoice that you only have one pot to clean.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Cabbage soup, which can be bland and soggy, doesn't usually elicit excitement. This version; however, trades in traditional savoy for sturdier purple cabbage and incorporates black-eyed peas and potatoes, too. The rich trademark pork flavor is achieved through sausage rather than pork broth, which means you can easily make the soup vegetarian or vegan by omitting the sausage and/or the cream. —The Editors

  • Serves 6
  • 1 cup black-eyed peas, uncooked (or 2 cups cooked)
  • 1 bay leaf (if using uncooked peas)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 leeks, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 cups vegetable stock, divided
  • 1 pound red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound pork sausages, cooked then sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 pound red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Smoked paprika, to garnish
In This Recipe
  1. If starting from uncooked black-eyed peas: Soak peas overnight in a large bowl of water. Drain water and transfer peas to a pot. Cover with at least 1 inch of water. Add bay leaf and a healthy dose of salt and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, until peas are tender and soft. Drain and set aside. If using cooked black-eyed peas: Rinse peas, then drain and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add garlic and leeks and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 1/4 cup stock. Whisk until cornstarch dissolves. Pour cornstarch mixture into Dutch oven and cook for 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat. Add remaining 5 3/4 cups stock, potatoes, and sausage. Season with salt and pepper, bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes uncovered.
  4. Add cabbage and black-eyed peas to pot and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Stir in cream and cook for 4 to 5 minutes more. Remove from heat, ladle into bowls, and top with smoked paprika to serve.

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