Crock-Pot Kielbasa and Cabbage Soup – This quick and easy crock-pot kielbasa and cabbage soup combines a medley of late winter veggies perfectly spiced with yummy Polska kielbasa.
There is some obscurity and doubt in my family as to our European heritage on my father’s side. My Pop-Pop says that his family is Polish, but what gets me is my maiden name, Kilian. This sounds decidedly Irish, not to mention the fact that over half of us have red hair… The other thing that causes a fair amount of confusion is that my grandfather grew up on a farm where he learned to speak some Pennsylvania Dutch, which is decidedly neither Polish nor Irish. I suppose we’ll never really know the truth, because despite the fact that we like to sit around and discuss this at length, none of us can be bothered to set up an account on ancestry.com. I think part of the fun is in the not knowing. Besides, I can claim a stake in Polish, Irish and PA Dutch cooking in my kitchen… Not to mention the French on my mother’s side!
Today I’m tapping into my supposedly Polish roots with this recipe for Crock-Pot Kielbasa and Cabbage Soup. If you’ve never tried Kielbasa before, you really should. It’s a smoked and well-spiced Polish sausage-like thing. When the kielbasa is slow cooked with cabbage, root vegetables, and herbs in this soup, the flavors combine into such a tasty medley you won’t believe you’re eating such peasant food. As an added bonus, it’s pretty low in calories, but sticks with you because of the added protein.
So, I hope you have happy St. Patty’s Day this year with my favorite Polska Kielbasa soup! 😜
I’d love to hear more about your family’s ethnic cooking heritage. Are there any traditional foods your family loves?