Easy Kielbasa Soup Recipe

This easy Kielbasa Soup recipe is filled with savory sausage, hearty potatoes, and healthy vegetables. It’s a warm and comforting soup that’s perfect for a cold winter day. 

January is the perfect month for healthy soups. It’s still cold outside and most of us are in need of a good restart after all of those holiday treats. Some of my go-to soup recipes this time of year include this Hearty Lentil Soup with Sausage and Kale or this 30-Minute Tomato Bisque Soup

Kielbasa Soup is another simple recipe that’s packed with flavor and refreshingly healthy. This brothy soup is made with plenty of vegetables and potatoes, kielbasa sausage for protein, and cannellini beans for extra measure. Finish it off with fresh spinach and a bit hot sauce for a colorful soup with a little kick!

Close up bowl of Polish kielbasa soup with towel on counter

What is kielbasa sausage?

  • Kielbasa sausage simply refers to Polish sausage. There are many varieties of kielbasa, but recipes calling for kielbasa are typically referring to smoked pork or beef sausage, often sold in a U-shaped casing. Kielbasa has a mild, smoky flavor profile, but is not spicy. 

Ingredients you’ll need:

This soup is made extra flavorful because of the aromatic veggies (that onion, fennel, and garlic go a long way!) and the seasonings. If you are running low on anything, check out the recipe variations below for substitution options. 

  • Kielbasa sausage
  • Butter 
  • Olive oil 
  • Onion
  • Bulb fennel (or celery)
  • Garlic
  • Russet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cannellini beans
  • Smoked paprika
  • Italian seasoning 
  • Bone broth or chicken stock
  • Water
  • Baby spinach
  • Salt and pepper
  • Hot sauce
  • Fresh parsley (optional)
Bowl of kielbasa soup with a spoon and second bowl in background

How to make Kielbasa Soup:

  • Cook the sausage: Add sausage to a large stockpot and cook over medium-heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring and flipping occasionally, until the sausage is lightly browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to a separate plate, and set aside. 
  • Cook the aromatic veggies: Heat the butter and olive oil in the pan over medium high heat. Once melted, add the onions and fennel and saute about 5 minutes, until beginning to soften. Add the garlic and saute 30 seconds longer, until fragrant. 
  • Add the veggies, seasonings, and sausage: Add the potatoes, carrots, beans, paprika, Italian seasoning, broth, water and cooked sausage. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and can be pierced easily with a fork. 
  • Optional: If you would like a thicker soup, use a potato masher to mash up some of the potatoes and beans. 
  • Add spinach: Stir in the spinach and season with hot sauce, salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy!
Full pot of Polish kielbasa soup with wooden stirring spoon

Recipe variations:

  • Sausage: You can use beef or pork kielbasa, or try turkey kielbasa for a lighter soup.
  • Potatoes: I use peeled russet potatoes, but you can leave the skin on if you prefer. Just give them a good scrubbing before chopping. You could also use Yukon gold or red skin potatoes, but you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly.
  • Beans: Cannellini beans are great, but you can also use Great Northern, navy, or calypso beans.
  • Seasonings: Smoked paprika has the absolute best flavor. You can use regular paprika if needed, but I promise you it isn’t the same.
  • Spinach: If you don’t love spinach, you can just leave it out. But I promise it tastes amazing in this soup! You can also swap in some kale, baby kale, or arugula.
Bowls of kielbasa soup with potatoes, spoons, bread, and fresh parsley topping

What to serve with Kielbasa Soup:

This soup is hearty and filling all on its own, but you can also serve a few simple sides to make it a full meal. A crusty slice of bread, green salad, or side of veggies would be delicious pairings. Here are some recipe ideas to get you started:

Wine pairings for Kielbasa Soup:

  • A dry white wine like a German Riesling or Chardonnay would pair well with the flavors in this sausage.
  • For a red wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon would be a good option.
Overhead of two bowls of kielbasa soup with spoons and fresh parsley garnish

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Two bowls of kielbasa soup with spoons

Kielbasa Soup

This easy Kielbasa Soup recipe is filled with savory sausage, hearty potatoes, and healthy vegetables. It’s a warm and comforting soup that’s perfect for a cold winter day. 
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces kielbasa sausage (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion (minced)
  • 1 bulb fennel (thinly sliced (or 1 stalk celery, diced))
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 russet potatoes (peeled (optional) and diced)
  • 2 medium carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 4 cups bone broth or chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Hot sauce (to taste)
  • Fresh chopped parsley (to garnish (optional))

Instructions

  • Add sausage to a large stockpot and cook over medium-heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring and flipping occasionally, until the sausage is lightly browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to a separate plate, and set aside.
  • Heat the butter and olive oil in the pan over medium high heat. Once melted, add the onions and fennel and saute about 5 minutes, until beginning to soften. Add the garlic and saute 30 seconds longer, until fragrant.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, beans, paprika, italian seasoning, broth, water and cooked sausage. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and can be pierced easily with a fork.
  • If you would like a thicker soup, use a potato masher to mash up some of the potatoes and beans.
  • Stir in the spinach and season with hot sauce, salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 878mg | Potassium: 1082mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4691IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3mg

1 thought on “Easy Kielbasa Soup Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I made this keto friendly by taking out beans and potatoes and adding green peppers and cauliflower. It was amazing! I paired out with grilled cauliflower steaks; oh so good!

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