Ham, Bean and Bacon Soup with Sauerkraut

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
55 min
35 min

4 to 6 servings

  • A drizzle olive or vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces lean, smoky bacon, chopped
  • 12 ounces ham steak, 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 starchy potatoes, peeled and chopped (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 large fresh bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 pounds sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
  • One 15-ounce can white or red kidney beans
  • Salt and pepper
  • A handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped, for garnish
  • Rye or sourdough bread, to pass
  • Heat the oil in soup pot or Dutch oven. Add the bacon and brown. Remove the bacon, and reserve. Add the ham and brown, then remove and reserve. Melt in the butter, and add the garlic, onions, potatoes, carrots and bay leaf. Partially cover and cook to soften, 10 minutes. Add the stock, 2 cups water, the reserved ham and bacon, the sauerkraut and beans, and simmer until potatoes are cooked and soup flavor combines, 15 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Cool completely and store for a make-ahead meal.

  • To serve, reheat over medium heat. Add the parsley just before serving and pass bread at the table.

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anyone notice that there is nothing about water in the ingredient side yet it says to add 2 cups of water on the prep side????? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious just the way it is written.  I love sauerkraut, and didn't think it was too much, but even my 12 yr old daughter (who hates sauerkraut) loved the soup!  If it were just for me and my husband I would add a good dose of crushed red pepper also.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of our favorite soups! I have made it for many people and it gets awesome reviews! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent on a cold Saturday afternoon. Only used 1 lb sauerkraut and that was plenty. As someone that can eat soup on a daily basis, I found this to be really good and will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Too much sauerkraut. I liked it until I added that. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was made tonight and it was really good maybe more ham & bacon that was the only downer but it was very surprised!!! Because I was kinda scared lol!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had leftover ham at Christmas and wanted something new that my husband and I would both enjoy.This was delicious! It was not too tart. The flavors worked very well together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe sounded odd to me, but I'm a sauerkraut fan and, since I had all the ingredients on hand, I determined that it needed to by tried! I made it pretty much exactly as written - I thought it was quite tasty and my hubby loved it. It was a comforting and filling meal on a dreary winter day. It's repeat-worthy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
<p>You should always read a recipe from start to finish before you even start cooking &amp; ONLY then start cooking...AFTER you've made sure you have ALL the ingredients. <br />This is NOT the ONLY recipe that has additional ingredients (although I don't know I'd call water an ingredient per se) listed in the Directions section &amp; not in the Ingredient section.</p> item not reviewed by moderator and published
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