Smokey Sausage Soup

Smokey Sausage Soup

This mouthwatering stew is adapted from a recent Cooking Light Magazine recipe (see link at the bottom for original recipe). As usual I found the original did not have enough veggies and the preparation was too complicated. I have adapted it so that you can make the entire dish in one pot or in a slow cooker.

This is one of the larger recipes that I make, but that is because it’s so delicious you could eat it several days in a row! If that is not your kind of thing you can also use it to feed a party, or freeze portions and enjoy it later.

If making this GLUTEN-FREE double check that your sausages are gluten-free.
If making this PALEO omit red-skinned potatoes and sub in another sweet potato or rutabaga.

Makes: 6 - 10 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 andouille sausages (these are smoked so they are pre-cooked)
  • 1 package coleslaw mix
  • 2 cups chopped chard or kale
  • 2 large carrots (chopped into bite-sized pieces)
  • 2 sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces)
  • 2 red-skinned potatoes (chopped into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 jar diced tomatoes (about 18 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 cups bone broth (or vegetable stock)
  • 7 cups water (more or less)

Equipment: 6 qt slow cooker or large stock pot



  1. Slice the sausages into 1/2” rounds. 
  2. Heat the avocado oil over medium then add the sausages and onion, stir frequently until the sausage is browned and the onion translucent (5-7min). Then add the garlic, sauté an additional minute.
  3. Now add the coleslaw mix, chard, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, oregano, bay leaf, salt and vegetable stock to your cooking vessel of choice. Then add the water. You may need to add a bit more or less, but 7 cups is a good starting point. Remember it is soup, it’s flexible.
  4. Stockpot: simmer on medium-low for 1 hour. Slow cook: high 4-5 hours, or low for 7-8 hours. It’s ready when the potatoes have softened and are starting to fall apart.



Inspired by Cooking Light Magazine’s “Cabbage Soup with Andouille Sausage”. Original recipe here:

Special Diet:  Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Soy Free

Course:  Soup & Stew

Culture:  American

Special Equipment:  Slow-cooker

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