Sauerkraut Soup Recipe (Kapustnyak)

This sauerkraut soup is a most unusual and delicious soup. The sauerkraut gives it a lovely texture and zing. It's hearty, filling and will warm your belly | natashaskitchen.com

This sauerkraut soup is a most unusual and delicious soup. It’s also the perfect example of how the farmers and common folks of Ukraine made delicious foods with simple basic ingredients. My husband’s grandparents stored sauerkraut in barrels for winter. The sauerkraut was one of their primary vegetable sources during the cold months, so they got creative with it and made Kapustnyak (sauerkraut soup).

Can you even imagine not being able to go to the grocery store and buy broccoli or lettuce in the winter? We are truly blessed to live in the US! #sothankful ?

Back to this soup, the sauerkraut gives it a lovely texture and zing and the bacon provides a subtle smokiness. ?Excellent with fresh crusty bread. It’s hearty, filling and will warm your belly. My husband and I enjoyed leftovers for several days.

This recipe was inspired by one of my readers, Oksana, who shared her recipe for sauerkraut soup and bean soup with me. It was also inspired by Rachel Ray’s Ham, Bean and Bacon Soup. Thank you ladies for generously sharing your delicious recipes! 🙂

Ingredients for Sauerkraut Soup:

1 Tbsp olive oil
8 oz bacon, chopped
1 stick celery, finely diced
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
3 medium (1 lb) potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/3″ thick pieces
1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed, optional 
2-3 cups sauerkraut, triple rinsed & drained (we use 3 cups or about 2 lbs)
8 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups water, or to taste
1 (15 oz can) white beans (click to learn how to cook your own beans)
Salt, Pepper and Mrs. Dash seasoning, to taste

This sauerkraut soup is a most unusual and delicious soup. The sauerkraut gives it a lovely texture and zing. It's hearty, filling and will warm your belly | natashaskitchen.com

How to Make Sauerkraut Soup (Kapustnyak):

1. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven (here’s the one I use). Add chopped bacon and sautee until browned then remove with a slotted spoon and reserve.

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2. Add finely chopped celery and onion. Saute until softened and golden (5 min).

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3. Add sliced carrots, potatoes, 1/4 cup quinoa (if using), 8 cups broth and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 15 min.

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4. Add 2-3 cups of well rinsed and drained sauerkraut and half of cooked bacon (I keep some for garnish), white beans with their juice, and 1 bay leaf and continue to cook until potatoes are tender (about 10 min). Season soup to taste (I added 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp Mrs Dash). Serve with fresh crusty bread.

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Sauerkraut Soup Recipe (Kapustnyak)

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This sauerkraut soup is a most unusual and delicious soup. The sauerkraut gives it a lovely texture and zing and the bacon provides a subtle smokiness. It's hearty, filling and will warm your belly.
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Skill Level: Easy/ Medium
Cost To Make: $12-$15
Serving: 8 large bowls of soup

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz bacon, chopped
  • 1 stick celery, finely diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 3 medium (1 lb) potatoes, peeled and sliced into ⅓" thick pieces
  • ¼ cup quinoa, rinsed, optional
  • 2-3 cups sauerkraut, triple rinsed & drained (we use 3 cups or about 2 lbs)
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water, or to taste
  • 1 (15 oz can) white beans (click to learn how to cook your own beans)
  • Salt, Pepper and Mrs. Dash seasoning, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Add chopped bacon and sautee until browned then remove with a slotted spoon and reserve.
  2. Add finely chopped celery and onion. Saute until softened and golden (5 min).
  3. Add sliced carrots, potatoes, ¼ cup quinoa (if using), 8 cups broth and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 15 min.
  4. Add 2-3 cups of well rinsed and drained sauerkraut and half of cooked bacon (I keep some for garnish), white beans with their juice, and 1 bay leaf and continue to cook until potatoes are tender (about 10 min). Season soup to taste (I added ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper and ½ tsp Mrs Dash). Serve with fresh crusty bread.

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This sauerkraut soup is a most unusual and delicious soup. The sauerkraut gives it a lovely texture and zing. It's hearty, filling and will warm your belly | natashaskitchen.com

All that coziness in a bowl ?. What’s your favorite “weird” soup? Maybe you fancy yourself a bowl of pickle soup or green borsch?

This sauerkraut soup is a most unusual and delicious soup. The sauerkraut gives it a lovely texture and zing. It's hearty, filling and will warm your belly | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Nina Park
    May 23, 2017

    I didn’t have any bacon so I cubed a fair amount of smoked ham, and followed your recipe to the tee……so delicious !
    My Mom is looking down from heaven and smiling. Thanks a bunch 😘😘👏🤗 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 23, 2017

      Ahhh! My pleasure Nina! I’m so happy to hear you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing 😀 Reply

  • Christopher Onzo
    March 25, 2017

    Absolutely love this… I changed the bacon for smoked kielbasa and I added a pinch of white pepper instead of the black. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 25, 2017

      I’m happy you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing 😀 Reply

  • Natashia
    January 22, 2017

    Could I use the homemade sauerkraut from your recipes?
    And if I did would I have to rinse it?

    I am also Ukrainian and I am loving your site. I have recently went back to my roots in the kitchen

    Thanks,
    Natashia Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 22, 2017

      Hi Natashia, yes, you would still want to rinse, otherwise it will be too sour. I hope you love it! 🙂 Reply

  • Jane
    January 10, 2017

    Any particular reason for rinsing the sauerkraut? I made my own and it’s too salty which is why I want to use it for soup, but thinking rinsing may get rid of some of that sour fermentation? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 10, 2017

      Hi Jane, rinsing the sauerkraut allows you to use more of it in the soup without making it overly sour or salty. Reply

  • Connie
    December 18, 2016

    We serve this soup Christmas Eve. We add mushroom and no beans. We also put a spoonful of mashed potatoes on each serving. Yum, can’t wait. It is so good. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 19, 2016

      That sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing your review Connie! Reply

  • Lizzie
    December 12, 2016

    Have some kraut left from Reuben Sandwiches, so making this tonight! My Mom was Lithuanian and I (vaguely) remember something like this from years ago. We live in Meridian, ID (close to Boise). What part of ID do you live in? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 12, 2016

      That’s awesome! We are practically neighbors! 😉 Reply

  • November 15, 2016

    This sounds delicious! I’ll definitely have to make it soon. Sounds like the perfect comfort food soup. I always have a jar of Bubbies sauerkraut in the fridge, so that makes it even easier! Yay! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2016

      Oh I haven’t tried that brand but yes sauerkraut is such a healthy food! I hope you love the soup! Reply

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