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
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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

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  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.
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  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....