Instant Pot Sauerkraut Soup with Sausage


Emeril Lagasse's sauerkraut soup with sausage has been one of my favorites for years. While it is not hard to make on the stovetop, it does take an hour and a half. This is my adaptation for the Instant Pot. Serve with crusty bread, if desired.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 12 ounces smoked sausage, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 ribs celery, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans sauerkraut, drained

  • 1 pound red potatoes, cubed

  • 5 cups chicken broth

  • 6 fluid ounces hard apple cider


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Add sausage and cook until caramelized and fat is rendered, about 4 minutes. Add onion, celery, garlic, thyme leaves, and pepper. Cook for 3 more minutes. Cancel Saute mode.

  2. Add sauerkraut, potatoes, chicken broth, and hard cider to the pot. Close and lock the lid. Select High pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 8 minutes. Allow 10 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

361 Calories
19g Fat
29g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 361
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 2742mg 119%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 53mg 266%
Calcium 140mg 11%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 951mg 20%

* 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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