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Sauerkraut soup with potatoes and sausage with a tossed salad.

Recipe For Sauerkraut Soup with Sausage and Potatoes

Sauerkraut brings an intriguing tangy base for potatoes and smoky sausage. An easy and hearty soup recipe for incorporating sauerkraut into your diet.
Cuisine German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 197kcal


  • 4 1/2 cups water or chicken broth
  • 4 cups potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 pound smoked sausage sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 16 ounces sauerkraut 1 small can, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil such as canola
  • 1 medium onion peeled and diced. About 1 cup
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon dried dill or 1 Tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • In stockpot, combine water, potatoes and salt. Heat to boiling. Cook until potatoes are almost tender, about 15 minutes.
  • While potatoes are cooking. Heat a medium fry pan over medium high heat. Add 1 Tablespoon neutral oil, such as canola. Once the oil is shimmering, add the chopped onion. Lower heat to medium and cook onions, stirring often, for about 7 min. Or until starting to soften. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. About 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  • Using a 1 cup measuring cup, fish out 1 cup of the starchy water. Add the sour cream to the water and whisk until smooth. Set aside
  • Without draining the water from the potatoes, add sausage, sauerkraut, dill and caraway. Simmer for 5 - 10 minutes or until everything is heated through.
  • Just before serving, stir the sour cream mixture into the soup.
  • Heat thoroughly over low heat. Serve immediately.


  • Purchase pre-cooked links of your favorite smoked sausage. Bratwurst is a natural choice, Kielbasa works good and I've even used Andouille for a spicier soup.
  • If you purchase Bavarian style sauerkraut, it will already contain caraway seeds. You may want to skip adding additional caraway seeds. Or perhaps half of what is called for in this recipe.


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 762mg | Potassium: 855mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2mg