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Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup

Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup is one of the favorite German-inspired comfort foods in a bowl that sauerkraut lovers enjoy. Everything is cooked in the same pot from start to finish and made with German-Style Sauerkraut imported from Germany, Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Potatoes, Carrots, and onions, a warm, deliciously flavored broth.

I love a good comforting soup, especially when its super simple to make. How can we go wrong with a one-pot meal? Little to no cleanup time or stress from trying to clean it up. Raise your hand if you are happy about the idea of no cleanup drama. Whew, I only imagine all these hands flying up.

 

sauerkraut and sausage soupLet get back to this über fresh, flavorful, simple Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup; I say, “German-inspired,” because let’s face it, if you traveled to Germany, you might find something a tad bit like it. Still, this is just an amazing German-inspired recipe we make here in the States. I do, however, insist if you can on using German Sauerkraut vs. the stuff you see in a clear bag by the meat section. German Sauerkraut in no way, shape, or form ever tasted that way.

There are some great International Markets that carry the real deal, or believe it or not, Aldis does have a decent Sauerkraut in a jar in the canned goods section. If you don’t see it ask, they always have it all year round. You’ll thank me after tasting the difference. Trust me, and the taste will be a pleasant surprise.  Sauerkraut should never taste salty and tart, Yuck! It should have a mild pleasant taste.

 

 

 

 

Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup is one of the favorite German-inspired comfort foods in a bowl that sauerkraut lovers enjoy. Everything is cooked in the same pot from start to finish. Made with German-Style Sauerkraut imported from Germany, Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Potatoes, Carrots, and onions, in a warm deliciously flavored broth.The Bratwurst is also an essential ingredient as well if you can while you are the International Market, look for quality Bratwurst imported from Germany. If you cannot, then use the Bratwurst from your local market if they sell it. Usually, during October, many markets carry imported German ingredients. So don’t be afraid to ask if they have something.

 

 

 

Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup is one of the favorite German-Inspired comfort foods in a bowl that Sauerkrat lovers enjoy. Everything is cooked in the same pot from start to finish. Made with German-Style Saurerkrate imported from Germany, Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Potatoes, Carrots, and onions, in a warm deliciously flavored broth.If you are a sauerkraut and Bratwurst lover, you are going to be amazed at how incredible the textures and zingy tastes come together in one pot. The Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup even tastes more flavorful the next day. This should keep well for about 3-4 days in an airtight container in your refrigerator. I don’t recommend freezing as it seems to ruin the potato’s composition.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

 

 

 

Ingredients List

* See the recipe card for exact amounts *
  • Bratwurst
  • Polish Sausage
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • German-Style Sauerkraut
  • Chicken Broth
  • Caraway seed
  • Thyme
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper

 

 

Equipment Needed

  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Dutch Oven
  • Fork
  • Kitchen Tongs 

 

 

 

How to make the recipe

  • In a dutch oven over medium heat, add the olive oil; while it is heating, poke a few holes in Bratwurst with a fork to release the oils as it cooks.
  • Place the Bratwurst in the Dutch Oven and brown lightly on each side. Add the chopped onion, carrots, and garlic, saute them about 4 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth, potatoes, Polish Sausage, German-style Sauerkraut, caraway seeds, Thyme, kosher salt, and ground pepper.
  • Cook for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

 

 

Useful Tips

  1. Choose a reputable brand of Bratwurst. Not all brands are created equal. I usually opt for a deli  Bratwurst at my butcher’s shop. However, Johnsonville does a decent Brat in a pinch.
  2. Use a quality brand of Polish Sausage when possible. This is another ingredient I purchase from my butcher’s shop. However, there are reputable brands that can be used as a substitute.
  3. The type of Sauerkrat you use can significantly influence the taste of this recipe. Opt for a German-Style jarred sauce. Aldis sells an excellent version of jarred German-style Sauerkrat. Do not use bagged or canned if possible. If you do, be sure to drain and rinse the Sauerkrat to remove that awful briny taste.

 

 

 

5 from 24 votes
Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup is one of the favorite German-inspired comfort foods in a bowl that sauerkraut lovers enjoy. Everything is cooked in the same pot from start to finish. Made with German-Style Sauerkraut imported from Germany, Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Potatoes, Carrots, and onions, in a warm deliciously flavored broth.
Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup is one of the favorite German-inspired comfort foods in a bowl that Sauerkraut lovers enjoy. Everything is cooked in the same pot from start to finish. Made with German-Style Saurerkrate imported from Germany, Bratwurst, Polish Sausage, Potatoes, Carrots, and onions, in a warm deliciously flavored broth.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, German
Keyword: Polish Sausage, Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 510 kcal
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 pound Bratwurst
  • 1 large Yellow Onion chopped
  • 3 medium Carrots sliced
  • 5 cloves Garlic minced
  • 48 ounces Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 4 large Russet Potatoes Bite-size pieces
  • 1 pound Polish Sausage Sliced
  • 3 Cups German-Style Sauerkraut drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Caraway seeds
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • Kosher Salt to own taste
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. In a dutch oven over medium heat add the olive oil, while it is heating poke a few holes in Bratwurst with a fork to release the oils as it cooks. Place the Bratwurst in the Dutch Oven and brown lightly on each side. Add the chopped onion, carrots, and garlic, saute them about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken broth, potatoes, Polish Sausage, German-style Sauerkraut, caraway seeds, Thyme, kosher salt, and ground pepper. Cook for 35 minutes stirring occasionally.

 

 

 

 

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33 Comments

  • Reply
    veenaazmanov
    September 22, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Delicious comfort food.. Love that it is a One pot dish with all the delicious and healthy combinations. My Happy Meal.

  • Reply
    Jillian
    September 22, 2020 at 10:50 am

    One pot, full of flavor, simple to put together, and a hearty dish. This soup checks off all the boxes!

  • Reply
    Beth Sachs
    September 22, 2020 at 10:32 am

    This was such a tasty, warming, and filling soup. Perfect for this time of year.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      September 22, 2020 at 10:50 am

      Thank you, Beth! I appreciate you dropping by and sharing!
      Have a wonderful afternoon!

  • Reply
    Sharon
    September 22, 2020 at 10:31 am

    This delicious soup is a wonderful dish to bring in the cooler weather and Oktoberfest! Serve with a loaf of fresh baked bread.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      September 22, 2020 at 10:49 am

      Thank you, so much Sharon! I appreciate the wonderful feedback!
      Have a great day

  • Reply
    Chris Collins
    October 23, 2019 at 5:05 am

    I’ve never had sauerkraut and sausage soup before this afternoon but after reading this I had to give it a go. Saving this recipe to make again.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      September 22, 2020 at 10:17 am

      Thank you, so much, Chris Collins! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Reply
    Megan Ellam
    October 23, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Now THAT was an awesome soup! Hearty and delicious! Thanks for a legendary recipe!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      September 22, 2020 at 10:19 am

      You are so welcome Megan!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply
    Michelle
    October 23, 2019 at 4:41 am

    I love sauerkraut and you are so right, not all sauerkraut is up to scratch, you really have to buy the good stuff! This soup sounds delicious!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      September 22, 2020 at 10:19 am

      Thank you, Michelle. I once had someone serve me the one from the bag and ohhh that was the worst 5 seconds of my life lol

  • Reply
    Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille)
    October 23, 2019 at 12:25 am

    This hearty Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup was delicious! The perfect bowl of wintertime comfort soup. I could actually go for some right now!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      September 22, 2020 at 10:21 am

      Thank you Mireille! So glad you enjoyed it!
      Have a great day

  • Reply
    Natalie
    October 23, 2019 at 12:14 am

    This Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup was wonderful! So comforting and delicious – perfect for the cooler weather coming and the winter ♥

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      September 22, 2020 at 10:22 am

      Thank you so much!
      Have a wonderful day Natalie!

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