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.
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 am only imagining all these hands flying up.
Let get back to this über cool, 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, but really this is just a really great 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 just ask they always have it all year round. You’ll thank after tasting the difference. Trust me the taste will be a pleasant surprise. Sauerkraut should never taste briny and tart, Yuck! It should have a mild pleasant taste.
The Bratwurst is also an important ingredient as well if you can while you are the International Market, look for quality Bratwurst imported from Germany. If you cannot then simply just use the Bratwurst from your own local market if they sell it. Usually, during the month of October, many markets carry imported German ingredients. So don’t be afraid to ask if they have something.
If you are a sauerkraut and Bratwurst lover you are going to be amazed at how wonderful 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 potatoes composition. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
Ingredients you will need to make the Sauerkraut and Sausage Soup:
- Polish Sausage
- German-Style sauerkraut
- Chicken Broth
- Caraway seed
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
- 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
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.
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