Poor (Wo)man's Cabbage Soup - Easy, Nourishing,

Poor (Wo)man’s Cabbage Soup

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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 - Frugal & Nourishing Slow Cooker Meal
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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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    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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      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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