Slovak Sauerkraut Christmas Soup


This Slovak sauerkraut soup with smoked ham, mildly spiced sausage, and sweet prunes is often served at Christmas. Everyone who tries it is amazed at how good it is.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins


  • 2 ½ quarts chicken broth

  • 1 (32 ounce) package sauerkraut, chopped

  • 2 cups dried forest mushroom blend

  • 6 black peppercorns

  • 4 large bay leaves

  • salt to taste

  • 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. Combine broth, sauerkraut, dried mushrooms, peppercorns, bay leaves, and salt in a large stockpot over medium heat; bring to a boil. Add whole sausage links and ham slice; simmer for 1 hour. Add prunes and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.

  2. Transfer sausage and ham to a plate. Remove and discard bay leaves.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour and paprika over onion; cook and stir for 1 minute. Gradually add water and stir with a fork until no lumps remain. Bring to a boil, then cook until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, cut sausage and ham into cubes.

  5. Pour thickened liquid into the stockpot, then stir in sausage and ham. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

  6. Ladle into bowls and top each 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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