Don't substitute a dark ale or stout for the light beer here; it can be too bitter. For quick preparation, buy a package of shredded cabbage and sliced carrots. Chop the onion and garlic while the sausage browns.
Prep: 11 minutes; Cook: 37 minutesOnce the polenta is added to this soup, it should be the consistency of oatmeal--perfect for warming body and soul on cold winter days. Leftovers will continue to thicken and may be thinned with additional water or broth. Slices of toasted crusty Italian bread usually accompany this soup.
Chicken Soup with Cabbage and Apple is the definition of hearty in a bowl. Earthy green cabbage mingles with moist shredded chicken, chicken sausage, and broth-soaked potatoes. Tart, crunchy apple slices add a fruity counterpoint to this German-inspired soup.