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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. Dishes that include sauerkraut, potatoes and sausage around here. 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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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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mrenda User ID: 5393618 202502
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."

shera115 User ID: 7603665 25932
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

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

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 47450
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!"

maryberry1 User ID: 7422464 50680
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013


carrie carney User ID: 1551037 45400
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."

sallyjojo User ID: 5675269 20680
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 User ID: 1551037 21290
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."

Geor User ID: 5838089 25148
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

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

ajj0515 User ID: 2921693 22989
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"easy to make. Smells great while cooking. Even finicky eaters love it!"

anneccraig User ID: 786357 25929
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2010

"Made this soup for a church potluck and everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. I even used turkey kielbasa to lessen fat and calories. Will definitely make it again - so

easy and delicious!"

shera1088 User ID: 3582548 202501
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"We love this soup! We make it on cold snowy days and it's fantastic. It tastes even better the next day after it has cooled in the fridge."

dmbethea User ID: 4303850 78979
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2009

"I forgot to mention that this really needed extra broth for my tastes. I ended up using three 14.5-oz cans. Each can was a little less than 2 cups. If you take a good look a the picture, there really isn't a lot of broth there."

dmbethea User ID: 4303850 45399
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2009

"If you like sauerkraut, then you must try this soup!! It's wonderful! As for the person who questioned what mushrooms and the soup do for this recipe--apparently she hasn't even made this and, therefore, didn't need to be reviewing it. I LOVE THIS soup! I had forgotten it was simmering in the slow-cooker and was wondering where that wonderful aroma was coming from as I watched TV all evening. (I live in a condo building and thought it was one of the neighbors till I went to the kitchen at commercial time!) This recipe is a keeper and one to share!!"

mom2sons User ID: 726891 20667
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"I am not wure about the mushrooms,and the mushroom soup we like mushrooms and all but just not sure what does the flavor mushroom soup do to this"

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