Sauerkraut Soup

Sauerkraut Soup A Simple, One-Pot Meal

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This sauerkraut soup is a delicious German-style sausage soup made with a creamy potato base. Topped with fresh sauerkraut and sour cream, it is a healthy and filling meal that comes with a dose of probiotics! 


Units Scale


  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 sausages, cut into bite-sized pieces (see notes for a vegetarian alternative)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 114 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste

For Serving

  • 2 cups sauerkraut
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add the sausage and sauté until it starts browning. Add in the onion, garlic, and carrots, and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  2. Pour in water, canned tomatoes, bay, and paprika. Give everything a good stir.
  3. Scrub or peel the potatoes. Add the whole potatoes (or sliced in half for really large potatoes) to the soup pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer.
  4. Simmer until the potatoes are soft (about 20 min). Remove potatoes with a slotted spoon and place in a large bowl. Roughly mash the potatoes with the milk.
  5. Stir the mashed potatoes back into the soup. Add the salt, to taste.
  6. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a forkful of sauerkraut.


  • Though German sausages are ideal for this recipe, any pork sausage will work. Or if you like a bit of spice, then use spicy sausage.
  • For a vegan version of this recipe (and I can recommend it!) use vegan sausage with vegan sour cream.
  • I never peel my potatoes, even when I’m making mashed potatoes. However, if you want a really smooth and creamy soup, then peel your potatoes as it will make it easier to mash them.
  • The leftovers are delicious. Stash this soup in the fridge for up to 3 days. However, don’t add the sauerkraut until right before serving. You don’t want to accidentally kill the probiotics when you warm the soup up in the microwave!