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Slow-Cooked Sauerkraut Soup Recipe

Slow-Cooked Sauerkraut Soup Recipe

We live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, which has a rich heritage of German culture and dishes that include sauerkraut, potatoes and sausage. We enjoy this recipe on cold winter evenings, along with muffins and fruit. The "mmm's" start with the first whiff as the door opens after school or work. —Linda Lohr, Lititz, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours YIELD:10-12 servings


  • 1 medium potato, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 can (32 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 to 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • 1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 12 ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or until the vegetables are tender. Skim fat. Garnish with bacon. Yield: 10-12 servings (about 3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 213 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 1442mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 13, 2018

"Make this with ham rather than sausage. Very dissapointed! Rinsed sauerkraut as directed but sauerkraut taste was overwhelming. Both my husband and I like sauerkraut but not like this. Won’t recommend or make again!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2018

"Absolutely Delicious- I came across this recipe and could not wait for the first really cold day to make it. My family was skeptical because I'm a big fan of All German foods and were like (sauerkraut again!!!-Eye roll). It was so easy to put together and I added in a few extras that worked well/ some parsnips, rutabaga and got my recipes mixed up and added some caraway seeds ( confirmed relish by the fam to be yummy) in addition to the dill. I ended up using Bratwurst instead of kielbasa and chicken and it definitely enhanced the smokey flavor even more. Bacon on top made it WOW! Highly recommend"

Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"Yummy! We all loved this recipe. Even my 3 year old liked it.

I didn't have cooked chicken and I used homemade white sauce in place of the mushroom soup. We will be making this again."

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"This is so good on a cold winter's day. If you love Sauerkraut you will love this soup!"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"This was different from anything I've ever tried before, but I liked it. I think it could grow on me. One thing I noticed while I was putting it together was that there was no onion in it. I somewhat reluctantly went ahead and made it as written, but it seemed that something was missing when I was eating it. Later I looked up a lot of sauerkraut soup recipes online and they ALL had onion in them. I love onions .....if I make this again, they will be in it!"

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013


carrie carney
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2013

"This soup is probably not for everyone, but for those who like sauerkraut it is delicious. I made it last fall for our annual octoberfest party and people were asking to take home leftovers."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"Next time I would add 2 pounds of sausage. I omitted the chicken and the mushrooms and used vegetable broth instead of chicken."

carrie carney
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

"This was so good. I quadrupled recipe for a party and that Monday my sister brought coworkers over for lunch to finish it up."

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"Excellent - did not put in the bacon or chicken and it was still excellent."

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