German Sauerkraut Soup

German Sauerkraut Soup


"This German New Year's soup contains pork and sauerkraut for good luck in the new year. It's wonderful with fresh warm bread. This recipe has been a family tradition for forty years"


2 h 15 m servings 869 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 869 kcal
  • 43%
  • Fat:
  • 68.7 g
  • 106%
  • Carbs:
  • 14.6g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 46 g
  • 92%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 186 mg
  • 62%
  • Sodium:
  • 873 mg
  • 35%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sautee onion and garlic until tender; set aside. Put ham hocks, onion, garlic and water into a stockpot, season with pepper to taste, cover and bring to a simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Stir the sauerkraut and beans into the soup. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Remove bacon into the stockpot, reserving drippings. Stir flour into the bacon drippings to make a roux. Stir the roux into the soup. Continue to simmer the soup until thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream. Serve.
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  1. 13 Ratings


After reading other reviews that stated this soup seemed bland I made a few changes. First, I didn't saute the onions and I don't think it really made any difference. I used a meaty ham bone in...

I couldn't believe it when I saw this recipe! I grew up on the stuff and have been craving it since the temperatures have dropped. The only difference was the addition of sour cream. For the r...

One word -- biohazard. This soup lacked in body, flavor, and balance all of which are essential to the success of a soup.

Very good! Even my husband and 8 yr old son loved it....and didn't complain about left-overs the next night! Very important to temper the sour cream.....a bit of a hassle, but a definite must!

We served this to start a German themed meal. Everyone loved it! It was fairly easy to make, although time consuming, much more than the 15 minutes prep time in the recipe to chop onions, cook...

The soup was a little too watery and even with the sour cream, lacked something. It does have a German taste but not a hearty soup.

Tasted just like I used to eat when I was a kid.

I so wanted to give a good review, but it's still sitting in my refridgerator. I can't bring myself to taste it! The sour cream curdled, and it looks awful!

Not a wow but still very good. I had to make some changes due to allergies. I didn't use onions and had to sub beef sausage for the ham. I also used chicken broth for some of the water. Because ...