Poor (Wo)man’s Cabbage Soup

Alrighty, friends. No fluff in this post…let’s get right to it.

This is an unbelievably nourishing and tasty soup that is also very kind to your pocketbook, too. With just a few simple ingredients and a crock pot, you’ll be eating a lovely soup to warm and nourish your soul.

Poor (Wo)man’s Cabbage Soup


  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1 medium to large onion
  • 1+ C homemade chicken stock
  • 1 pkg bratwurst (4-5 of your favorite locally raised brats or a trusted brand w/no antibiotics or hormones raised on pasture)
  • Garlic (fresh or 1t garlic like this, or more if you really like garlic)
  • Sea salt & white pepper, to taste

Make It:

  • Coarsely chop your washed cabbage
  • Slice your onion
  • Place onions in bottom of crock pot
  • Put cabbage on top
  • Add seasonings
  • Pour chicken stock over top (enough to cover everything halfway)
  • Place bratwurst on top of everything (no, the liquid does not have to cover them)
  • Cook on high for about 3 hours
  • Remove brats, slice, then add back into your slow cooker
  • Enjoy your cheap and nourishing meal!

Seriously, this is a frugal and delicious meal that will serve your family a few times for a few days.

Also, feel free to get creative! Add in any other spices that you love, possibly some carrots…yummo!

Until next time…

Jess, aka Scratch Mommy


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    Julie January 14, 2014 (11:40 am)

    Yum! I have all these ingredients on hand right now. This is supper tonight.

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    rebeca @ the average parent January 14, 2014 (11:56 am)

    yum! I just so happen to have all of those ingredients on hand.

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    kayley August 23, 2015 (11:53 pm)

    I am away at school right now and I’d like to try to make this soup, however I don’t have a crockpot. Do you have any recommendations for changing the recipe or cook times to just being on the stove top?

    Thanks so much and I look forward to making it!


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      Kylie Worthington August 25, 2015 (9:22 am)

      Kayley, what I would do is put everything in a pot on the stove, bring it to a boil and then cover + simmer until the veggies are tender. You might need to add more broth/water doing it this way. Enjoy!

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