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Oma's Sauerkraut Soup Recipe

Bowl of German Sauerkraut Soup
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This Sauerkraut Soup recipe, aka Sauerkrautsuppe, is a favorite. It's one of the easy Eintopf (one-pot) meals that Germany is so famous for. Everything's cooked in one pot - easy clean-up! You can alter the amounts of the veggies or meat according to your tastes. Soup is simply a mix of what you like.

Measurements can be approximate (within reason!). It can be a bit of this and a bit of that. So, make this Sauerkraut Soup your own favorite!

Oma's Sauerkraut Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

Either make your own meatballs:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • salt, pepper

OR use frozen:

  • 1 lb bag frozen meatballs (no need to thaw)

Soup:

  • 1 lb potatoes, peeled
  • 2 - 3 carrots, peeled
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 28 oz can sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 4 cups beef broth (or bouillon)

Instructions:

  • If you are making your own meatballs, mix together ground beef and egg. Season with salt and pepper. Form into 1-inch meatballs.
  • Dice potatoes and carrots into 1-inch pieces.
  • Sauté onions in oil until translucent and add sugar and continue sautéing until golden brown.
  • Add drained sauerkraut. Continue sautéing for a few minutes. Add paprika.
  • Add beef broth, meatballs, carrots and potatoes. Bring to boil. Simmer, covered, for about 15 - 30 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serves 4.

What makes these soups so wunderbar? They bring back such wonderful memories of Oma's kitchen. So, of course, I had to write my own soup e-cookbook! With the no-risk guarantee ... I know you'll LOVE it! There are 84 full-color pages filled with step-by-step instructions and hints. Do take a quick peek ... 


When making the Sauerkraut Soup, make it just like Oma would ...

  • The quantities of veggies can easily be changed. Really doesn't need to be measured. Just be sure that the broth covers everything.
  • Use beef bouillon cubes and water to make beef broth if desired. 

Since I just love quick soup recipes, and quick is what this website is all about, this soup really fits well when you use purchased frozen meatballs

If you have time, you can always make meat balls from scratch. 

Sauerkraut Soup?

I love sauerkraut. I just never had it in a soup when I was growing up. Sauerkraut was something that was served as a side dish.

When I was asked a while ago for a recipe for sauerkraut soup, I thought it a bit strange. That is, until I did some research and looked through lots of German cookbooks. I found a great assortment of easy soup recipes and even a sauerkraut casserole.

I did some experimenting and this soup is the result. It always gets rave reviews when I serve it.  To round out the meal, I serve a salad such as this lettuce salad with sour cream salad dressing and some fresh buns, or homemade artisan bread.

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