Don’t leave me yet! Even if you’re not too sure about the sauerkraut, don’t pass judgment on this Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup yet.
I managed to feed this to my family and everyone ate it. And they liked it.
I told them it was German soup. I never mentioned the sauerkraut. My pickiest eater asked what it was and I told him cabbage. He thought there was a bit too much of it and picked around it, but he does that with a lot of things. He liked the rest of the soup though. It didn’t hurt that I served it with pretzel rolls.
This soup fits perfectly with our Slow Cooker Soup series. All the ingredients go into the crockpot and that’s it. Several hours later it’s ready to eat. It’s hearty, filling and wonderful with pretzel rolls or hot cornbread.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
You can see from the photo that I used a couple of baking potatoes and a few small, red potatoes. This recipe is a great way to use up odds and ends you may have. And because this is a rustic soup, you can leave the peels on the potatoes. You’re welcome.
Instead of smoked sausage, you could use ham if you happen to have some leftover.
I used 2 cans of sauerkraut, but you could get away with just 1 can. It might appease the picky eaters a bit.
Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup
- 1 lb. smoked sausage sliced
- 3 - 4 large potatoes or 6 - 8 small potatoes, chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 15 oz cans sauerkraut drained and rinsed
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 2 32 oz chicken broth
- Place all ingredients in slow cooker and stir.
- Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
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Marsha Baker says
I am not wild about sauerkraut by itself but make a similar dish and LOOOVE it. Thanks for sharing another simple recipe.
could u replace it with cabbage? I get veggies/fruit from a co-op and i have a head of cabbage that I would like to think it will work(?)
Kelly, yes you could use cabbage. It will change the taste a bit though.
tom s. says
I saw the recipe this morning, picked up the stuff we didn’t have on the way home from work, and just had my first bowl…delicious!
Our crockpot is 10 cups and couldn’t fit in two 32oz broths, I just used one. I also used turkey sausage since that is what my wife likes.
At 10 cups prepared we calculated a serving to be about 120 calories a cup.
I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for the calorie count too!
We made this. It was delicious. I love kraut. My only complaint is the leftovers the next day for lunch were so ovehweliming vinegary we didn’t eat it.
Thank you for another great recipe.
Megan, sorry the leftovers were vinegary. Did you rinse the sauerkraut before adding to the soup? I’m not sure what would cause that.
This looks fantastic!! I grew up with saurkraut being a staple in our diet. But while I enjoy it, my family doesnt necessarily. But this might change their minds… thanks!!
Trying this today for St. Patrick’s Day…I added a dash of Old Bay, Salt & Pepper. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. Thank you!!
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