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Budget-Friendly Hearty Winter Soup

Budget-Friendly Hearty Winter Soup

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A hearty soup for those cold winter days. The sweet potatoes and carrots mellow the cabbage and make a smooth, comforting soup.

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  • Calories:
  • 251 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 29.7g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 14.8 g
  • 30%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 49 mg
  • 16%
  • Sodium:
  • 745 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Place the sweet potatoes, cabbage, and carrots into a slow cooker, then place the bratwurst slices on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle with the salt, thyme, rosemary, and pepper. Pour the wine and chicken broth over the vegetables.
  2. Cook on Low until the sweet potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, 5 to 6 hours.
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I thought is was great, and so did my family. I did use apple cider instead of wine, and spicy Italian sausage instead of bratwurst, and 6 black peppercorns instead of white pepper. ...So in short, I used this recipe as a framework and filled in the white spaces with whatever I had on hand, but like I said, we thought is was great.


I made this recipe exactly as written and was disappointed in the lack of contrasting flavors in this soup. The seasoning was adequate, but the sweet potato and carrot were too similar. If I try it again, I'll substitute an alternative for the carrot to improve the appearance and variation in texture.

Linda Serkiz

I substituted frozen, Italian-style, turkey meatballs for the bratwurst - because I had them and they’re a more heart-friendly ingredient. It was delicious. I added 1/2 to 1 C. of extra water to tone the strength and make a better soup consistency. It was delicious!