Sauerbraten Soup

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook 4 hours


11 cups

Updated: Sep. 12, 2023
Sauerbraten and soup are both family favorites. This combines the two, without the long marinating time the traditional beef dish requires. You can substitute spaetzle or gnocchi for the egg noodles. —Jennifer Yerkes, Franklin Square, New York


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon mixed pickling spices
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups beef broth, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) shredded sweet-and-sour red cabbage
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 gingersnap cookies, crushed
  • Cooked wide egg noodles


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown meat in batches. Transfer meat to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Place pickling spices and bay leaf on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Gather corners of cloth to enclose seasonings; tie securely with kitchen string. Add spice bag, 4 cups broth, onion, cabbage, ginger and cloves to slow cooker. Cook, covered, on high 3 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat remaining broth and gingersnaps over medium heat; cook and stir until thickened, about 10 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker; cook, covered, until meat is tender, about 1 hour longer. Discard spice bag. Serve with noodles.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Yes, there are cookies in this dish—in fact, they're a key to its success. Cookies are a common thickening agent in German gravies and sauces, so why not soup?
  • Put the pickling spice into a loose tea bag and tie off. This keeps the whole spices out of your soup and makes them easy to remove.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1-3/4 cups: 371 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 1226mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 32g protein.