Sauerkraut Soup

Title: Sauerkraut Soup


  • 1 pound (450g) sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pound (450g) smoked sausage or kielbasa, sliced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Sour cream for serving (optional)
  • Fresh dill for garnish (optional)


  1. Sauté Vegetables:
    • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are softened.
  2. Add Sausage and Potatoes:
    • Add the sliced smoked sausage or kielbasa to the pot. Cook for a few minutes until the sausage begins to brown. Then, add the diced potatoes.
  3. Incorporate Sauerkraut and Seasonings:
    • Stir in the sauerkraut, bay leaf, caraway seeds (if using), diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Mix well to combine.
  4. Pour in Broth and Water:
    • Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and water. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  5. Simmer:
    • Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the soup simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  6. Season and Adjust:
    • Season the soup with salt and black pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
  7. Serve:
    • Ladle the sauerkraut soup into bowls. If desired, top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with fresh dill.

Time and Intensity:

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45-50 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 1 hour
  • Intensity: Easy

Note: This Sauerkraut Soup is a comforting and hearty dish with a delightful tangy flavor from the sauerkraut. The addition of smoked sausage or kielbasa provides a rich, savory element. Feel free to customize the soup by adding your favorite herbs or adjusting the level of sourness by varying the amount of sauerkraut. Enjoy this warming soup, especially on chilly days!

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