Slovak Sauerkraut Christmas Soup Recipe -
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Slovak Sauerkraut Christmas Soup

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"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."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs

    2 hrs 15 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 27, 2008

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 Slovak recipe. Thanks so much to the poster for sharing it with us! It is absolutely amazing! I love both sauerkraut soups, potato soups and mushroom soups. This soup combines two of them. I think next time I will try to add some potatoes - boiled separately ;-). I used a real wild mushroom mixture - picked by my mom and dried by her. But I think I will be fine using a mixture of dried wild mushrooms which are now available in the supermarkets here in US. The dried plums/prunes - I was reluctant, but they gave the soup an amazing slight hint of them in the final result. Smoked ham - I used a regular ham and added a bit of liquid smoke. Overall this soup was a hit! My husband now considers this my best recipe ever! It made a ton and it didn't really get old to us although we are only two people eating the whole batch.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 04, 2011

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 my opinion: Disgusting combination of sauerkraut and pork led to a greasy soup that was also very very - yes - sour. It was thoroughly unpleasant, making a fair number of people sick. In the end a lot of wasted money on specialty ingredients. Would have been better off with borscht or something similar. Try it at a restaurant first.


14 Ratings

Feb 08, 2010

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 leftover sliced ham. I also used chicken broth instead of water. When I make it again, I will not cook the ham for so long, I might add more sauerkraut and prunes, but there is no need to change anything else. I fully expect this to be a leftover favorite, as well..

Dec 27, 2010

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." I used Andoullie sausage because I couldn't find Hungarian sausage. The mushrooms gave us a problem, as they were gritty, and we didn't rinse or soak them ahead of time, which may just be a rookie error. This is definitely the start of a new tradition in our home. Thank you so much for sharing!

Nov 09, 2010

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 was to substitute cream for sour cream, as it was what I had on hand. Thank you for the recipe.

Dec 15, 2011

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.

Nov 22, 2011

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 tasted anything like it since they lived back home. One of the most surprisingly flavorful meals you'll ever have. I wish I could find the person who submitted it, zizala. A pure genius!

Feb 05, 2015

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 make our sauerkraut which is easy to do and more flavorful than store bought


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  • Calories
  • 386 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 53 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 26.5 g
  • 41%
  • Fiber
  • 6.1 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 15.5 g
  • 31%
  • Sodium
  • 1365 mg
  • 55%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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