Sauerkraut Soup with Sausage

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
10 min
1 hr 10 min

3 quarts soup

  • 1 pound smoked sausage, such as kielbasa, diced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup hard cider
  • 1 (32-ounce) jar sauerkraut, drained and rinsed briefly
  • 8 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat and add the sausage. Cook until the sausage is caramelized and the fat is rendered, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the onions and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft and lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the cider and cook until almost completely reduced. Add the sauerkraut, broth, potatoes, thyme and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes and sauerkraut are very tender and the broth is flavorful, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary. Serve immediately, with hot, crusty bread on the side.

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    This is delicious! I had to change the recipe a bit, due to the ingredients I had (or didn't have) on hand. The changes I made were that I used: mild italian sausage and cooked it in a bit of liquid smoke; 1 cup homemade molasses porter beer; doubled the potatoes; 8 cups homemade turkey stock; just over 1 tsp pf dried thyme instead of fresh. Very, very flavourful. Thanks for the base recipe!!
    Very good soup, a nice blend of tastes. I did make one modification: I was out of apple cider and substituted ginger ale.
    Excellent. Another Sunday Dinner Hall of Fame winner. Thank you, Mr. Lagasse.
    sooooo good. I added a bunch of kale and lots more celery.
    It sounds yucky, but in reality the taste is super delicious! This is a very simple soup to make and is quite satisfying. I did increase the sausage to 1.5 lb, but next time I might add some carrots instead. My teen daughters kept commenting how good it smelled while cooking. Seconds for everyone around the table.
    This is such a great fall soup. Just make sure to drain & rinse the sauerkraut really well and don't add any additional salt unless you need it for taste at the end. Definitly recommend!
    I was intrigued by the rave reviews and followed the recipe to the tee. But it just tasted like sauerkraut soup. I know, it's the title but I guess I was expecting more flavor other than sauerkraut. Maybe I needed to rinse it more than "briefly" but still, not a substantial soup to eat as a main course with bread. To me it would be better suited as a side soup.
    This was delicious!
    We made a lot of sauerkraut this summer since we happened to have an abundance of cabbage, and now, we're looking for ideas to add it to recipes. This is excellent! We're vegetarians so we use Field Roast apple sage "sausage" and chik'n broth. Substituting those, I followed the recipe exactly. It's great!
    Yum! I love sauerkraut, and there just aren't enough recipes with it. This is so delicious! More people should try it!
    it was really good ! my parents really liked and I'm going to give it to my grandparents tomorrow! i would boil the potatoes separately so you don't need to wait the last 45 minutes though. and i would also put the onions and celery before the sausage but that what i think. it's uber tasty !
    I have been making this for the last 3 years too. It is the perfect soup for fall and winter. It is easy to make and full of flavor with the smoked sausage, garlic, sauerkraut, and garlic. I make double the amount because it makes exellent lunch leftovers and keeps well in the frig for a long time. I am making it again tonight and serving it with some good artesian bread.
    we think this is one of the best soups we've ever had....and we are soup lovers....btw, very annoying for someone to post an enfavorable review after admitting to have not followed the recipe.....
    I just wanted to say that I have made this recipe for the past three years and my entire family loves it. They all look forward to me making it and they ask about it all of the time. It has a wonderfully flavorful broth and goes great with a toasted garlic ciabatta. Thanks for reading!
    I made this soup with a combination of Pecan smoked garlic sausage(pork), Bratwurst and "Bavarian Style" sauerkraut(sweet with caraway seeds)...Awesome!
     I used a German Kolsch beer instead of the cider, for one soup... and a German Rauchbier (smoked beer!!) on another on my second batch of soup...
     (1/2 pound each of sausage)
     Big bowl of Sauerkraut Soup, Crusty Bread, and a couple of Beers, now that's comfort food!!
    I was intrigued by the idea of sauerkraut in soup so I tried this recipe. Emeril you didn't dissapoint. My family loves it, even those who don't love sauerkraut. I did add more potatoes though and since we are not alchohol drinkers, I used regular apple cider. I am not sure how different it would taste with the hard cider, but we love it this way.
    I made this with lite kielbasa. It was interesting and definitely had a lot of flavor, but was not something I looked forward too for leftovers.
    Once again, simple recipe, simple ingredients with great results. Everyone looked at me funny when I told them what it was but they all liked it when they tried it. I would use more sausage next time, but thats just me.
    My friend brought some of this to work for me to sample and I loved it! My husband hates sauerkraut but enjoyed this soup. We have also tried substituting apple cider for the hard cider and that does work well.
    This soup was SOOO delicious! It was pretty easy to make too...the whole family loved it!
    As a descendent of Germans, I'll have to say that this is the best soup EVER!
    Just a great, easy and very tasty soup!
    I really enjoyed the unique flavor of this soup--it's good for the middle of winter when everything is starting to taste kind of blah and you want to wake up your tastebuds with something unexpected. The smokiness of the sausage is key with the tart sauerkraut, and the potatoes and bread help add balance. Will definitely make this soup again.
    a very easy to make soup. i made mine with kielbasa. it was aromatic and the flavors blend wonderfully. perfect on a chilly day.
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