Bratwurst Soup


This is a hearty, filling, cold-weather soup that makes a meal served with a crusty bread and light salad. The soup is just not the same if the brats are not grilled.

close up view of Bratwurst Soup in a pot
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
12 servings


  • 5 fresh bratwurst sausages

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 4 carrots, sliced

  • 4 ribs celery, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic

  • 2 (32 ounce) cartons chicken broth

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 teaspoons ground thyme

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 6 potatoes, cut into cubes

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

  • 12 ounces spinach, coarsely chopped, or more to taste


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  2. Grill bratwursts until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Cool. Slice each bratwurst into 1/4-inch pieces.

  3. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion, carrots, and celery in hot oil until onions are tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir garlic into onion mixture and cook until garlic is fragrant, 1 minute.

  4. Stir chicken broth, tomatoes, sliced bratwurst, basil, parsley, thyme, and cayenne pepper into onion mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

  5. Mix potatoes into bratwurst mixture, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are almost cooked through, 15 minutes.

  6. Stir beans and spinach into pot; simmer until heated through and potatoes are done, 5 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

334 Calories
14g Fat
40g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 334
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 1347mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 39mg 193%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 845mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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