slow cooker cabbage

You’ll love Southern Cream Cheese Cabbage, slow cooker recipe and great side dish, if you like cabbage and cream cheese. You can even make this creamy cabbage a main dish by adding ground beef. Be sure to check out more creamed cabbage recipe options at the bottom of this post.

Kitchen sink recipes, or what’s on hand in the fridge, sometimes turn out to be a home chef’s favorites. Check out the pantry, freezer, and fridge list of ingredients below to keep on hand.

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Benefits to Eating Cabbage

First of all, cabbage is considered a Southern vegetable that isn’t loaded with a ton of calories, fat, or carbs. It’s a good source of Vitamins K and C. Furthermore, it’s very easy to cook.

Learn more about the health benefits of cabbage at

Ways to Cook Cabbage

Southern Cream Cheese Cabbage, at least the recipe in this blog post, refers to a slow cooker recipe. Initially, I made the recipe with a turkey breakfast sausage. However, this is optional, and the cabbage makes a wonderfully-tasting simple side dish without the sausage.

You can also cook cabbage on the stove in a skillet as a Southern Fried cabbage recipe. And just as easy as the slow cooker or on the stove, you can cook it in a pressure cooker. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more Southern cabbage recipes.

Kitchen Southern Hospitality

Kitchen Southern Hospitality, is primarily focused on recipes created from what’s on hand in the pantry or fridge. These include easy recipe ideas made with affordable ingredients, many which are low carb and/or low sugar.

I created this recipe one day because I had cabbage and cream cheese on hand. What I came up with totally took me by surprise. Cream Cheese Cabbage.

Cream Cheese Cabbage - a Slow Cooker Recipe

Make this southern creamy cabbage recipe in the slow cooker


  • 1 head Cabbage
  • 1/2 block Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • 2 each Frozen Turkey Breakfast Patties optional
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Santa Fe Seasons Six Seasonings Or use your favorite herbs and spices.
  • 1/4 cup Water


  1. Chop cabbage and set aside. 

  2. Melt cream cheese in the microwave using the defrost method for two minutes, checking it every thirty seconds and stirring until smooth.  

  3. Pour melted cream cheese into the slow cooker.

  4. Melt four tablespoons butter in the microwave, and pour on top of the cream cheese in the slow cooker.

  5. Next, add salt and seasoning into 1/4 cup of water and set aside.

  6. Add cabbage to the slow cooker.

  7. Pour the water with seasonings over the cabbage.

  8. Add turkey pieces on top of the cabbage if you choose this option.

  9. Cover with the lid, plug the slow cooker in, and cook on high for three hours (or 3-1/2 if you like your cabbage extra soft).

The Cabbage and Cream Cheese Slow Cooker Veggie For Two recipe provides servings for two people with some left over. Depending on the size of the cabbage, this recipe could also yield four servings.

Check out the video to get a closer look at the steps to make this fabulous creamy recipe:

Try the recipe, and add it to your vegetable collection if you like it. In fact, if you like cream cheese and cabbage, make it and come back and comment about it.

Enjoy! I did!!


Creamed Cabbage Recipe Options

You can come up with all kinds of creamed cabbage recipes. Serve it as a main course, or make it a tasty side dish. I listed a favorite of my cabbage recipes below and included a few other sides and ideas as well.

  1. Shrimp Cabbage Scampi
  2. Make Creamy Cabbage with Sausage just like Shrimp Cabbage Scampi but without the shrimp.
  3. For a delicious side dish, make this Easy Coleslaw with Sugar-Free Dressing.
  4. If you’re a fan of cabbage and casseroles, make a cheesy cabbage casserole recipe in your pressure cooker or slow cooker. Use sauteed onion, cabbage (chopped), creamy sauce, stick of melted butter, cheesy topping, and topped with crispy bacon.

That last cabbage recipe idea will make quite a rich cabbage mixture but oh so good. Of course, you could adapt it however you like. For instance, only use one-half stick of butter or make it a meal by adding cooked ground beef.

You’ll notice in the next section, Ingredients and Seasonings, cans of creamed soups are included. In case you don’t have creamy sauce ingredients, use a can of creamy soup. It’s a good idea to always keep a few cans of creamed soups on hand.

Ingredients and Seasonings for Cabbage Recipes

Keep the following ingredients and basic seasonings on hand in your pantry at all times. You never know when you might need them.

  • black pepper
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • onion flakes
  • olive oil
  • cayenne pepper (in case you like spicy foods)
  • onions
  • canned chicken breast
  • chicken broth
  • cream of celery soup
  • cream of chicken soup
  • cream of mushroom soup
  • white sauce (Example: Alfredo sauce in a jar)

Freezer Ingredients for Cabbage Recipes

The following freezer ingredients can be used for cabbage or any of your meals. If you keep these on hand along with basic pantry items, you can create several easy meals.

  • shrimp
  • ground meat, either beef or pork
  • chicken
  • pork chops

Fridge Ingredients for Cabbage Recipes

I usually keep the following fridge ingredients on hand for cabbage recipes as well as a variety of menu options. It makes it easier for me and keeps me from having to always run to the grocery store.

  • heavy cream
  • full head of cabbage
  • butter
  • bacon or turkey bacon
  • smoked sausage
  • cheddar cheese or creamy cheese sauce
  • cream cheese
  • sour cream

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