Winter vegetables and Italian turkey sausage star in this Easy Sausage, Cabbage, Kale and Carrot soup. Even though we’ve had a relatively warm weekend here in Maine (all the ice FINALLY melted off the driveway!), soup is a standard meal for us all season long. And even though soup is generally an easy meal to prepare, sometimes it’s nice to have it be next to no work at all.
What makes this soup so darn easy? Well, it uses some pre-prepped ingredients straight from the supermarket: shredded carrots and ready-to-cook kale pieces (you can also use jarred, minced garlic), and a box of broth. I tried to make this even easier by using a bag of shredded cabbage (aka coleslaw mix), but I didn’t like how mushy the entire mixture became. Plus, chopping a little cabbage doesn’t take long at all. As for the cooking process itself—no matter which method you choose (Instant Pot or slow cooker—we’ve included directions for both), this soup requires no tending whatsoever.
Feel free to spice up the soup a bit if you like, just be sure to taste it first before adding additional seasonings or hot sauce, as it can vary in spiciness depending on the brand of sausage you use. Oh, and by the way, we tried it with both turkey sausage and chicken sausage and prefer the turkey sausage version, but go with what you like best (or have on hand).