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Smoked Sausage and Cabbage with Dumplings

This is classic comfort food.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Sausage Cabbage and Dumplings
Servings: 10 Servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 1 small head cabbage chopped or 1/2 of a large head of cabbage
  • 4 to 5 carrots scraped and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 small onion peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 12 ounce package smoked sausage cut in pieces

Ingredients for Dumplings:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons shortening I use Crisco
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk


  • Combine cabbage, carrots, onion, chicken broth, butter, water, black pepper,caraway seeds, basil and bay leaf in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, cover, turn down to simmer and let cook until cabbage has cooked down and carrots are tender. Add smoked sausage, let cook about five minutes before adding dumplings.

Directions for Dumplings:

  • Mix together and either pinch off pieces or drop by spoonfuls into gently boiling cabbage recipe above. I add several dumplings at a time removing the cover and replacing it on the pot after each addition.