Sauerkraut Soup with Sausage

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

Yield:
3 quarts soup
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions

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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I Likened this to a version of Hot and Sour soup, Bavarian Style! Awesome! I'll serve it as a appetizer, with a hearty pot roast as the main course item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good soup, a nice blend of tastes. I did make one modification: I was out of apple cider and substituted ginger ale. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent. Another Sunday Dinner Hall of Fame winner. Thank you, Mr. Lagasse. item not reviewed by moderator and published
sooooo good. I added a bunch of kale and lots more celery. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum! I love sauerkraut, and there just aren't enough recipes with it. This is so delicious! More people should try it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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..... item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was SOOO delicious! It was pretty easy to make too...the whole family loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
As a descendent of Germans, I'll have to say that this is the best soup EVER! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just a great, easy and very tasty soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
a very easy to make soup. i made mine with kielbasa. it was aromatic and the flavors blend wonderfully. perfect on a chilly day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I must disagree. The cooking for that 45 min. to even 1 hr. let's all the flavors meld together. This soup is utterly AWSOME when you cook it properly. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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