27 Ratings
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  • 4 Rating Star 8
  • 1 Rating Star 2
  • 3 Rating Star 2
  • 2 Rating Star 1

Goes great with fish sandwiches, or nice chewy breadsticks. Make sure you serve the soup piping hot. I don't rinse off my sauerkraut because we like our soup tart. If you want, though, you can rinse it.

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 35 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
6
Max Servings:
6
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Steep mushrooms in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water until they are soft and you can chop them (I use a food processor). Save the water to add to the soup. It gives it a nice rich color.

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  • Put sauerkraut, sauerkraut juice, and 1 1/2 quarts water in soup pot (5-quart Dutch oven is fine). Bring to a boil, add chopped mushrooms and mushroom water. Turn down heat and simmer for one hour.

  • Add barley (make sure you rinse it first), cook until barley is done.

  • In the meantime, melt the butter and saute onions until they're soft. Add the flour to the onion mixture to thicken. Add some of the boiling liquid from your soup to the onion mixture and when smooth add to soup.

  • Add salt and pepper to taste. If soup is too thick for your taste, add a little more sauerkraut juice mixed with water. Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts

205.07 calories; 4.9 g protein; 24.17 g carbohydrates; 10.16 g fat; 25.44 mg cholesterol; 666.9 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Anonymous
01/09/2004
I lost my original Christmas Polish sauerkraut soup recipe and this one is very musch like it. It is very good and our Polish friends and relatives love it.
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Most helpful critical review

Anonymous
01/18/2011
This recipe made a large quantity of soup. It made much more than six servings. My husband and I did not care for it at all thus have lots left over. Will drain it and eat the sauerkraut.
(1)
27 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 14
  • 4 Rating Star 8
  • 1 Rating Star 2
  • 3 Rating Star 2
  • 2 Rating Star 1
Anonymous
01/09/2004
I lost my original Christmas Polish sauerkraut soup recipe and this one is very musch like it. It is very good and our Polish friends and relatives love it.
(28)
JUMAHA
12/30/2008
Yum! I added some kielbasa and caraway to the soup and that really made the flavor. Without those additions I think it would have just been sauerkraut in broth. I followed the rest of the recipe except I skipped the flour and butter roux but this soup is still plenty thick without it. In fact I had to had an extra quart of water.
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Anonymous
02/16/2008
Loved this! It is great on a cold day like today. The flavor reminds me a little bit of the hot and sour soup you get in a Chinese restaurant. This makes a ton so I froze portions for later. I would make this again - very inexpensive to make. Thanks!
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grumblebee
02/05/2012
Great recipe! Nice to have one that is vegetarian. (all the other ones I've seen for sauerkraut soup seem to contain meat!) Simple and good. I used rice in place of barley and sauteed FRESH mushrooms with the onion in butter instead of using dried mushrooms. Other than that i followed the recipe as is... I really like this. It's a keeper and will make again. Thanks for posting.
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durkovicova
01/07/2008
For one jar of sauerkraut with juice I would use extra juice from a second bag/ jar. Makes soup taste more tart. You can also add as much mushrooms as you like. I trippled the ammount. I also added about 4 cloves of garlic into onion mixture. Enjoy!
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PHILLYJH
03/27/2006
This was ridiculously good. All of the tart flavors mellow upon cooking and blend to create a buttery-ish flavor (i.e. in the French onion soup family). I will definitely make this again.
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Donna Darling
10/04/2010
I am loving this soup. Very velvety tasting. Perfect for a dreary fall day watching football. Love the way the mushroom-onion-sauerkraut flavors meld. No changes to the recipe necessary. Wonderful original taste.
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CERAWALLACE
01/02/2010
Fantastic! I was looking for a 'veggie' alternative to the traditional New Year's pork and sauerkraut and this is definately it! I ended up adding an extra quart of water and it was still plenty thick. I didn't have dried mushrooms so I added 2 TB of mushroom boulion base to the soup and then sauteed fresh mushrooms with the onions. Thanks for the recipe!
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Anonymous
09/15/2008
I'm surprised but I did find this too tart. I will rinse the kraut next time and likely also add a bit of plain green cabbage to mellow it out. I also found that I was missing a bit of a smokey flavour. I would consider adding some bacon or something similar.
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