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Instant Pot Cabbage Sausage Soup

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This keto Instant Pot Cheesy Cabbage Soup is packed full of Italian flavors!

The Instant Pot creates the soup base with just the juices from the vegetables, no broth required. A quick sauté of the sausage with the peppers, onion, and garlic pull out the flavor from the browned meat and vegetables. After that all you have to do is add the remaining ingredients to the pot and let it do its magic. Easy as that. This is a truly great low carb soup.

If you want to use a slow cooker instead of a pressure cooker, brown the onion, garlic and sausages in a greased pan and then transfer to a preheated crockpot. Cook for 4-6 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.

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Serving size about 1 1/4 cups

Allergy information for Instant Pot Cabbage Sausage Soup

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, about 1 1/4 cups)

Net carbs7.8 grams
Protein15.7 grams
Fat25 grams
Calories327 kcal
Calories from carbs 10%, protein 20%, fat 70%
Total carbs11.6 gramsFiber3.8 gramsSugars6.1 gramsSaturated fat9.3 gramsSodium717 mg(31% RDA)Magnesium38 mg(10% RDA)Potassium552 mg(28% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 8 servings)

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (30 ml)
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small red onion, chopped (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 4 smoked Italian sausage links, sliced (400 g/ 14 oz)
  • 1 medium head cabbage, sliced (600 g/ 1.3 lb)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (410 g/ 14.5 oz)
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella (226 g/ 8 oz)


  1. Place the oil in the Instant Pot and turn it to Sauté. Once hot, add in the Italian seasoning, garlic, onion, and pepper. Sauté until fragrant and slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Instant Pot Cabbage Sausage Soup
  2. Add in the sausage and sauté 3 minutes until starting to brown. Instant Pot Cabbage Sausage Soup
  3. Add in the shredded cabbage, diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes. Instant Pot Cabbage Sausage Soup
  4. Add the mozzarella. Cover and turn to Sealing. Set the Instant Pot to Manual, high pressure for 17 minutes. Instant Pot Cabbage Sausage Soup
  5. After 17 minutes, manually release the pressure. Stir and serve. Instant Pot Cabbage Sausage Soup
  6. If it's too thick, add 1-2 cups of water or chicken stock. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Instant Pot Cabbage Sausage Soup

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1 1/4 cups)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g3.4 g30 kcal
Italian seasoning (mixed herbs)
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Onion, red, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Peppers, orange bell, fresh
0.6 g0.1 g0 g5 kcal
Sausage, Italian, pork, raw
0.3 g7.1 g15.7 g173 kcal
Cabbage, green, fresh
2.4 g0.8 g0.1 g15 kcal
Tomatoes, canned (unsweetened)
0.7 g0.4 g0.1 g7 kcal
Tomato sauce (passata), unsweetened
1.2 g0.4 g0.1 g7 kcal
Mozzarella cheese (low moisture, for pizza)
1.6 g6.7 g5.6 g83 kcal
Total per serving, about 1 1/4 cups
7.8 g15.7 g25 g327 kcal

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Comments (16)

The flavor was good.  I added some bone broth which could have made mine come out too soft.  Just a tip, if you like al-dente cabbage, like me, 17 minutes is too long.  My cabbage disintegrated and everything was very soft. I'll be making this again, but will cut down the 17 minutes of pressure time.  Thanks for the recipe, though.  I think some like to not have to chew their soup, and for them, this is perfect!

Thank you Sandra, good point! I made this soup just a few weeks ago and simply used the Sauté setting instead of pressure cooking. Much more al dente!

We just wanted to let you know I made the instant pot cabbage soup and it was fantastic!  I didn’t have any Italian sausage but, I did have breakfast sausage and I used it with a little more Italian seasoning than the recipe called for.  COULD NOT taste a difference, so if your ever in a pinch ...!

Thank you Jenny, glad you enjoyed!

This is my 2nd time making this and its sooo good. But this time I decided to use kale instead of cabbage. It tasted great with kale as well!

I'm glad you enjoyed! I think that Savoy cabbage would be a tasty option too 😊

My husband is not a fan of sausage, could you substitute lean ground beef?  This would be like a cabbage roll without the rice (I am thinking) and he loves cabbage rolls.

The only issue might be the texture but if you don't mind that it won't be in chunks I can't see why not! 😊 I think ground pork or chorizo will also work nicely.

This was amazing.  We decided not to add more liquid, so it was an extremely chunky stew.  The cabbage had a nice crispiness, the cheese was deliciously gooey, and all the flavors melded together really well.  This was our first time using the pressure cooker part of the insta pot and we paid close attention to the other commentator’s warning not to stir the cheese in.  

Thank you for your feedback Krissie!

Is there a substitute for tomatoes, my husband doesn’t like them

You can skip them or use other vegetables instead, plus add some water, chicken stock or bone broth.

I'm getting ready to make the soup, are the diced tomatoes drained or undrained? Thanks

Hi Argia, we used canned chopped tomatoes the content of the whole can (undrained). I hope this helps!

I'm new to instant pot. I tried the recipe today and got the message burn the hole time. I think I made one misstake. After I added the cheese I mixed everything around in the pot. So the cheese burn the hole time in the bottom of the pot.

I'm sorry to hear that, thank you for letting me know! That is very likely the reason because the soup should not be mixed before pressure cooking. You could add 1-2 cups of water or stock which should help in case you do mix it.