German Sauerkraut Soup (Basic Recipe)

German Sauerkraut Soup (Basic Recipe)

Course: SoupsCuisine: GermanDifficulty: Easy

Sauerkraut soup was made throughout Germany, though the Upper-Rhine may claim the dish as its own. At least Alsace claims to have invented Sauerkraut. This recipe comes in many variations, and this is a standard version.


  • 3 Medium-large potatoes

  • 60g Butter

  • 1L Beef broth

  • 250g Sauerkraut

  • 1tsp Carraway Seed (Optional)

  • 100g Heavy Cream

  • Salt, Pepper

  • Fatty Bacon for Frying


  • Prepare the potatoes by washing, peeling and grating them prior to cooking
  • Fry the grated potatoes in the butter on a medium heat until heated through
  • Add the beef broth, and boil the potatoes until they are almost cooked through, about 10 minutes
  • Add the Sauerkraut and cook for an additional 20 minutes
  • Season with caraway seed if desired, and with salt and pepper to taste
  • Stir in the cream and remove from the heat
  • Optionally, you can fry the bacon until just crispy and then sprinkle on top of the soup

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