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German Kielbasa Soup Recipe

You will not find an easier recipe for kielbasa soup. Slow cooker enthusiasts will love cooking up this hearty soup!

This always-hearty soup recipe is sure to warm your tummy. Our German kielbasa soup recipe is the made in a slow cooker and requires just 15 minutes of prep! Ideal for a chilly winter or fall day, this soup recipe can be cooked over 4 or 8 hours, making it the perfect set it and forget it meal on a busy day.

From the Chef: Kielbasa is a signature ingredient in many German dishes, and I love how the heartiness of the meat interacts with the various veggies in this slow cooker supper. There's very little prep work that needs to be done, making this a great dish to start in the morning before you go to work, so you come home to a fully cooked dinner.
- Addie Gundry

This recipe is from RecipeLion's 103 Cookbook series, Homemade Soup Recipes: 103 Easy Recipes for Soups, Stews, Chilis, and Chowders Everyone Will Love.


Preparation Time15 min

Slow Cooker Time HIGH4 hr

Slow Cooker Time LOW8 hr


  • 1 pound dried brown lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 10 cups beef broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound grated carrots
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups cubed kielbasa
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper (optional)


  1. Place the lentils in a 6-quart slow cooker with the broth, tomatoes, carrots, celery, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, bay leaf, parsley, garlic powder, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir to combine.

  2. Add in the kielbasa and mix.

  3. Cover and cook for 4 to 5 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low until the lentils are cooked.

  4. Add in the red wine vinegar. Add salt and pepper, if desired. Remove the bay leaf, ladle into bowls, and serve.

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I have never made anything like this soup. When I found this recipe, I thought I would give it a try. I used some smoked sausage that I had, and whipped this up in no time. It cooked while i was at work, and we had a rich, delicious soup at dinnertime. This is a great meal for a cold, winter day. I am adding this to my favorite recipes to have again. I did use some habanero hot sauce that I made this summer, instead of the traditional red hot sauce. It was amazing!

This hearty "warm you to the bones" soup is so savory and rich! Using kielbasa not only saves a lot of prep time since it is precooked, but it infuses everything with a nice smokiness. You could use any sausage you like, and there are even some lighter chicken and turkey kielbasa available these days. The vinegar at the end is a nice touch - it sort of cuts through the richness just a bit!


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