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Instant Pot Kielbasa Cabbage Soup with potatoes and carrots is an easy pressure cooker soup recipe loaded with vegetables and smoked sausage.

bowl of instant pot kielbasa cabbage soup with potatoes and carrots

I made this easy cabbage and sausage soup recipe in my Instant Pot when we had cold spell last week, and it really hit the spot! It’s simple, hearty comfort food and so. dang. good!

This easy soup is close to my grandma’s homemade Polish cabbage soup, but it’s even easier. And, since it’s an Instant Pot recipe, it cooks a lot faster!

What’s in Cabbage Soup

There are so many variations of cabbage soup recipes, but this one is like a vegetable soup with smoked sausage added. I used:

  • Cabbage
  • Kielbasa (Polish Sausage)
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Diced tomatoes

I also used chicken broth and spices. You could use beef broth or even vegetable broth if you want.

How to Make Cabbage, Sausage and Potato Soup in the Instant Pot

First, brown the chopped onions, garlic and kielbasa for a couple of minutes. This adds extra flavor, but you can skip this step if you’re in a hurry.

Deglaze the pot with a little broth if you have browned bits sticking to the bottom. Then, turn the pot off.

cook smoked sausage slices with onions in the instant pot

Add your chopped potatoes, carrots, celery and cabbage to the pot. Then, add the diced tomatoes, cabbage and spices.

The pot will be full, but that’s fine. The liquid isn’t close enough to the fill line.

And don’t worry if it looks like there isn’t enough liquid. The cabbage adds more liquid as it cooks down — Just wait until you open the pot!

cabbage, celery, potatoes and carrots in instant pot

This kielbasa cabbage soup cooks in just 4 minutes! You can cook it for 5 for softer veggies.

I let it slow release for 5 minutes, but you can quick release for even firmer veggies if you want.

cabbage soup with potatoes and kielbasa slices in the instant pot

My family loved the flavors in this hearty cabbage soup with sausage and potatoes! It’ll definitely fill you up, but it’s not heavy — just right!

The leftover are even better. I ate this cabbage kielbasa soup for lunch almost all of last week — so good!

pressure cooker kielbasa cabbage soup with potatoes and carrots in a white bowl

More Hearty Instant Pot Soup Recipes

instant pot kielbasa cabbage soup with carrots and potatoes in a white bowl

Instant Pot Kielbasa Cabbage Soup Recipe

5 from 12 votes

Instant Pot Kielbasa Cabbage Soup

By: Dee
Instant Pot Kielbasa Cabbage Soup with potatoes and carrots is an easy pressure cooker soup recipe loaded with vegetables and smoked sausage.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
pressure time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion or 1 small onion
  • 3 large garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 rope kielbasa sliced, then sliced into half circles
  • 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes cut into thick chunks
  • 1 cup carrots sliced thick, about 2 large
  • 2 celery stalks sliced thick
  • 1 small cabbage cored and cut
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
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  • Hit SAUTE on the pressure cooker, and when it reads Hot, add the olive oil, chopped onions, garlic and kielbasa, and cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is lightly browned and onions are slightly soft
  • Hit CANCEL, deglaze pot with some of the broth, if necessary, and add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Pot will be full, but liquids should be below the fill line, so it's okay.
  • Place lid on pressure cooker, make sure vent is at Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes
  • Pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure (time will vary with different models) then begin counting down and start cooking
  • When pot beeps, allow a 5 minute natural release, then quick release remaining pressure
  • When pin drops, carefully remove lid, stir soup well, and serve


Recipe is for 6 quart or larger pressure cookers.
For easier prep, use thick baby carrots.
Make sure not to cut vegetables too thin if you want them firmer. Can do a quick release for even firmer veggies.
For lower carb soup, replace potatoes with cauliflower or radishes.


Calories: 93kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 290mg, Potassium: 529mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 2307IU, Vitamin C: 35mg, Calcium: 62mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. Judyann says:

    Great and easy to prepare. One question, after removing cabbage core, how did you want cabbage cut up? Slices or chunks?5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks! I usually just slice the cabbage into large pieces.

  2. Linda says:

    This is a great soup and the directions are spot on.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’m glad you liked it, Linda. Thank you so much!

  3. Dani says:

    I’m not a fan of tomatoes (or carrots, lol), if I don’t add those should I compensate with more broth/stock?

    1. Dee says:

      The carrots and tomatoes just add flavor, but you can leave them out if you prefer.

  4. Lynn Telford says:

    I do not care for tomatoes in my soup. What would you recommend as a substitute? I can’t wait to try this!

    1. Dee says:

      The tomatoes just add a little extra flavor, but you don’t need to use them. You could use chopped peppers or maybe squash if you want.