Slovak Sauerkraut Christmas Soup


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
10 servings


  • 1 (32 ounce) package sauerkraut, chopped

  • 2 ½ quarts chicken broth

  • 6 black peppercorns

  • 4 bay leaves

  • salt to taste

  • 2 cups dried forest mushroom blend

  • ¾ pound Hungarian style dry paprika sausage

  • ¾ pound smoked ham

  • ¾ cup chopped pitted prunes

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons sweet Hungarian paprika

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sour cream


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

386 Calories
27g Fat
21g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 386
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 1326mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 28mg 138%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 495mg 11%

* 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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