Recipes, Soup

Mama’s Sauerkraut Soup

January 25, 2013

In Austria Sauerkraut is a staple, served with many traditional dishes. These include a variety of meat dumplings, lots of meats and sausages. Quite often you’ll get it at fairs or carnivals as a simple dish which is easily eaten off paper plates using small plastic forks. It’s quite unusual to have a healthy meal served at such events but we Austrians pride ourselves in serving it as often as possible.

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At home we usually don’t have it that often. If you haven’t tried Sauerkraut yet {you really should!} it’s taste is sour {In German sauer = sour and kraut = cabbage} and it’s not everyone’s favorite dish, though it boasts lots of health benefits. This fermented cabbage contains lots of vitamins like vitamin C and minerals {especially iron} and is practically fat-free.

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My mom gave the sometimes dull-looking dish a makeover by creating a hearty soup which is perfect for cold winter days. The addition of bacon cubes adds a bunch of flavor and goes extremely well with the cabbage {as can also be seen in this recipe where the two ingredients are combined}.

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To add extra spice spruce it up with some chili. It will warm you up even more!

Mama’s Sauerkraut Soup

serves 4


  • 1 packet {500g} sauerkraut
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 150g-200g bacon cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4-5 tbsp. tomato paste
  • s + p
  • chili {add to taste}
  • 1-2 cubes bouillon
  • 1 liter water


  1. Heat up the olive oil in large pot. Add the bacon cubes and chopped onion and fry until browned and crispy. Stir in 4-5 tbsp. of tomato paste.
  2. Then add one packet of sauerkraut {500g}. Season with salt, pepper and chili and cover with approximately 1 liter of water. Add 1-2 cubes of vegetable of chicken bouillon {instead of water and bouillon cubes you can use the equivalent amount of broth}.
  3. Let the soup simmer for 10-15 minutes before serving.

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  • Reply Katie (The Muffin Myth) January 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Great shot of the chili! My mother in law makes an awesome sauerkraut soup with white beans and a touch of cream. It’s sooooo good. I’ll have to try this tomato version out for comparison (sans bacon, its just not my thing). Thanks for the recipe, Antonia!

  • Reply Kathryn January 26, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Katie’s right – that picture of the chilli is stunning! And this sounds like a really tasty & warming winter soup.

  • Reply Emily @ Hungry Delights January 27, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I love sauerkraut! What a simple, fresh and healthy dish!

    xo Emily @ Hungry Delights

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