Slovak Sauerkraut Christmas Soup


"This is a very special Slovak Christmas soup made with sausage, ham and sauerkraut. I have made it for many foreigners and they were always amazed."


2 h 15 m servings 386 cals
Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 386 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 26.5 g
  • 41%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.4g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 15.5 g
  • 31%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 53 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 1365 mg
  • 55%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

On Sale

What's on sale near you.


  • Prep

  • Cook

  • Ready In

  1. Place the sauerkraut, chicken broth, peppercorns, bay leaves, salt and mushrooms into a large pot, and bring to a boil. Add the sausage and whole piece of ham. Let it simmer over medium heat for 1 1/2 hours. Add the prunes after the first hour.
  2. Remove the meat from the soup, and set aside. Remove bay leaves, and discard.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, and fry until clear. Sprinkle the flour and paprika over the onion; cook and stir for a minute. Gradually stir in the water with a fork so that no lumps form. Bring to a boil, and allow to thicken. Pour into the soup pot. Cube the sausage and ham, and stir into the soup. Bring to a boil, and cook for another 10 minutes.
  4. To serve, ladle into bowls, and top with a dollop of sour cream.
  • profile image

Your rating



  1. 14 Ratings


Don't be afraid to try this recipe! ;-) I was looking for some sauerkraut soup and decided to try this one although it sounded so strange. Also I am a Czech, so I was intrigued that it was a Slo...

An excellent recipe to use up leftover ham, this is absolutely delicious and easy to make. I did not have Hungarian paprika or Hungarian dry sausage, so I used Spanish smoked paprika and extra ...

I made this in honor of my Gpa, who was 100% Slovak. We had it for Christmas Eve, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Wish I had made a double batch! None of us thought it tasted too "krauty....

Made it for a Christmas party. Very divergent opinions. Some Russian friends felt it was really spicy (???) others loved it. I think spicy actually meant too "paprilkay" but who knows. Here is ...

This is absolutely full of flavor! I'm living in the Czech Republic at the moment, and it tastes just like the soup served in my favorite local restaurant. The only change I made ...

Good soup but not a classic Slovak recipe. This soup if prepared on the eve of Christmas would not have had meat, as it was a holy day to fast. But very tasty soup and well written.

Hey, I'm not Laura, I'm just bootlegging her reviews. This is the ABSOLUTE BEST kapustnica recipe on the North American Continent. Try it. I've had Slovak friends in fits because they've not t...

Everyone loved it! I ordered the paprika and sausage to use in the soup. I also used a package of dried wild mushrooms soaking them in chicken stock for fifteen min before adding to soup We ...

AMAZING ... but you had better love sauerkraut; which we do. Saw the review regarding adding apples, if you do, omit the prunes.