I got this recipe for beef soup while in Karaganda, Kazakhstan to adopt our little girl. It's good day one, but even better the second day. My husband loves it with brown bread.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place soup bones in a stock pot with enough water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, and cook uncovered for about 1 hour to make a beef stock. Remove bones, and cool.

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  • Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet. Saute sauerkraut for a few minutes, then add just enough water to cover the sauerkraut, cover the pan, and let simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes, until the sour taste is gone. Drain, and set aside. Heat remaining olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion in the hot oil until tender.

  • When the bones are out of the stock, add potatoes, and boil for about 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Stir in the sauerkraut, onions, and any meat that can be picked from the bones. Season with chili sauce and salt to taste. Simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes. Ladle into bowls, and serve with a dollop of sour cream.

Nutrition Facts

177 calories; protein 3.7g 7% DV; carbohydrates 27g 9% DV; fat 6.7g 10% DV; cholesterol 4.2mg 1% DV; sodium 513.4mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2003
The soup was wonderful. Easy to make. The whole family loved it. I did make a minor change to the recipe- I used 6 beef bones and the meat from them instead of 3. Great on a cold day! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/07/2005
Followed it exactly rinsed the krout well- it is a very sour soup.A waste of time and money. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2003
The soup was wonderful. Easy to make. The whole family loved it. I did make a minor change to the recipe- I used 6 beef bones and the meat from them instead of 3. Great on a cold day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2005
Very interesting and simple soup! I enjoyed it and will make it again. It is great if you are on a budget! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2003
This reminded me of the simple way of life and cooking in Kazakhstan when we were there in 2000 to adopt. The soup is great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2009
My whole family loved this recipe. It is very bland until you add the chili sauce. I used regular chili sauce instead of hot and was generous with it. I used about one third of the 12 ounce bottle. It tasted great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2007
Very flavorful soup. Has anyone tried making a stock out of meat instead? Read More
(3)
Rating: 1 stars
10/07/2005
Followed it exactly rinsed the krout well- it is a very sour soup.A waste of time and money. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2011
My family (which has two kids from Kazakhstan) loves this dish Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/28/2016
Simple to make but I found it bland. I added way more salt than I thought I would to make it appealing. I would maybe add salt to the bone broth as it is reducing next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2013
Loved this soup- I have been searching for something to do with all of the extra soup bones we get and nothing has been good so far. The directions were easy to follow and the end result was perfect with bread on a chilly day. I have actually never had kraut in a soup before- I can't believe how good it was. Thank you for sharing! Read More