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 instead of smoked ham hocks because I had one left over from a Christmas party. I cooked it in 4 cups water and 2 cups vegetable broth for a little extra flavor. Also, I drained the sauerkraut but did NOT rinse it. Rinsing sauerkraut washes most of the flavor away, which is probably the main reason most people thought this soup bland. I never rinse it (but that might be because I'm Polish, and we like our kraut more sour I guess). I also added 5 or 6 sliced mushrooms and 1/3c quick-cooking pearl barley when I added the sauerkraut to make it more hearty. I did not use any bacon because the soup is already a little greasy from the ham. Instead I thickened it with about 2-3 T cornstarch. I didn't want it too thick. Finally, I made sure to temper the sourcream before adding. It sounds like a lot of changes, but they were all more like little tweaks, and made for a wonderfully delicious and flavorful soup. I highly recommend it.
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After reading other reviews that stated this soup seemed bland I made a few changes. First, I...