Sauerkraut Soup (Kapustnyak)

Russian Broth with Sauerkraut, Bacon and White Beans
Russian Broth with Sauerkraut, Bacon and White Beans
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1 tbsp Olive oil
8 oz Bacon chopped
1 stick Celery finely diced
1 Onion medium , finely diced
2 Carrots medium , thinly sliced
3 (1 lb) Potatoes medium, peeled and sliced into ⅓-inch thick pieces
¼ cup Millet or quinoa, rinsed, optional
2-3 cups Sauerkraut triple rinsed & drained
8 cups Chicken broth low sodium
2 cups Water or to taste
1 (15 oz can) White beans
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
salt free Seasoning to taste

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Sauerkraut Soup (Kapustnyak)


Some people get nervous when they hear Sauerkraut Soup with its bitter taste because sauerkraut is not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me. I love all-in-one dinners and this soup is just that serving up a bowl filled with bacon, celery, onion, carrots, potatoes, millet, sauerkraut and white beans. It’s heavenly and I’m not just saying that because I wrote this recipe!

To make Sauerkraut Soup, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Sauerkraut Soup (Kapustnyak)

Steps to make Sauerkraut Soup (Kapustnyak)


Cook bacon


In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoons of olive oil and add 8 oz of chopped bacon. Saute until crispy and browned then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.


Cook celery and onion


Add 1 finely diced celery stick and 1 finely diced onion. Saute for about 5 minutes until softened and fragrant.


Add soup ingredients


Add 2 medium, thinly sliced carrots, 3 medium potatoes cut into chunks, ¼ cup millet, 8 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of water. Bring everything to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes.


Add sauerkraut


Add 2-3 cups of prepared sauerkraut, half of the cooked bacon, 1 can of white beans. With juices included and 1 bay leaf. Cook on a low boil for about 10 minutes until the potatoes are softened and cooked.




Season the soup with ½ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of pepper and ½ teaspoon of salt-free seasoning, or more or less to taste.



Serve topped with remaining bacon and fresh and crispy bread, if you wish! Enjoy!

If you love sauerkraut then you’re going to love this Sauerkraut Soup recipe. Not sure how to serve your sauerkraut? Well, let us know what you think of this idea! Be in touch with us once you’ve tried it and use our hashtag #cookmerecipes online to share your posts and pics with us!

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Total Reviews: 16
Aryana Gicker

Dodged the white beans and used brown instead much better taste.

Elodie Buechele

Okay mine turned out tasting like over salted pickles-- what's the deal?

Flora Ollivier

Nicely done European styled soup going to be making a lot more things like this since the flavors are unique.


My hubby is in love with the taste of this!!

Meredith Caretti

Wonderful soup to make it has a tangy flavor but its good.

Whitney Oalmann

How does one even pronounce the name of this? Hahaha It was good as heck though so i guess names dont matter.


Tasted off i dont know if it was the meat or what but wasnt a big fan.

Regan Sepulbeda

Love this soup with some black bread on the side, very filling and tasty.

Shiloh Duchamp

Served with a glass of beer and cheesy garlic bread, perfection on my dinning table.

Caylee Schupp

Instead of adding bacon slice some sausauges and toss them in yummmyy!!

Dalia Dailey

I tried out similar Russian recipe with meatballs i think it was called tefteli, but either way i decided to toss them in this soup and they were BOMB an explosion of flavors and goodness.


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Robin Seasholtz

Recommended it to my mom and got a phone call asking where i learned this from lol, guess it turned out well so leaving a 5 star for her.

Melinda Heeg

Good recipe loved every sip of it thx.

Maryjane Jedziniak

Sauerkraut soup is usually hard to make but if you follow the steps as written will be ez as pie.


Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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