Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup

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Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup

Smoked Sausage and sauerkraut make this soup hearty with a bit of wonderful sour. 

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 12 hrs
Difficulty: Easy

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1 lb. Smoked Sausage, sliced
5 cups chicken stock
1 pound sauerkraut, drained
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 large carrots, diced
3 stalks celery, sliced
3 medium red potatoes, diced
1 medium sweet onion, finely diced
1 can diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried dill
pinch of caraway seeds (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Garnish: (optional)
6 strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated





Stir together all ingredients in a slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low setting for 10-12 hours or on high setting for 5-6 hours.  To serve, garnish with crumbled bacon and Parmesan cheese and serve with crusty bread.

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Reader Comments:


Excellent hearty soup. Made it with homemade sauerkraut. I didn't have any potatoes on hand, so I substituted cooked orzo pasta. Turned out delicious. I would recommend this recipe.

By chefhuevler on February 17, 2014


This was so delicious. I'm going to make it again this week!

By Sheila Rose-Switzer on January 31, 2014


This is fabulous! I made it today and loved it!! Definitely serve with the Parmesan cheese, as suggested. It's a great finishing touch. Can't wait to serve it again. Thanks!

By Jewels on January 06, 2014


I am looking forward to starting this soup the first thing tomorrow morning. Thanks for the recipe Paula!!!

By Jim P on September 18, 2013


Ive been looking for a good sour recipe and Paula has it. Dont care what anyone says, true Americans are Pro-Deen.

By Lou on July 30, 2013


Ive been looking for a good sour recipe and Paula has it. Dont care what anyone says, true Americans are Pro-Deen.

By Lou on July 30, 2013


way to go paula dont quit

By thomas johnson on July 06, 2013


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By Anonymous on July 01, 2013


Great, simple recipe. I went a little more southern and used andouille plus previous poster Ms. Knapp's brilliant suggestion of pork neck bones-- gives more depth to the flavor.

By Kevin Fitzgerald on March 10, 2013


My mom used to make the very same soup when I was young but she used fresh polish sausage. cook meat skim off fat dice and add broth and meat to soup.Want to be really frugal user fresh pork neckbones.

By renee knapp on November 30, 2012


I think your a great cook, and as we get older things happen just change your diet intake and do strength training. But don't stop cooking, we make our own choices, and every thing good must be done in moderation.Just keep on moving Sista!

By Paula Foster on February 03, 2012


Fabulous! I made this yesterday and my husband and kids couldn't get enough! I even sent some over to my parents house and they both wanted to recipe! Thanks, Paula!

By Tessa Akins on January 25, 2012


I have this soup simmering right now, and the house smells heavenly! I can't wait to ladle up big bowls with crusty bread to dunk in it. Also, I used russet potatoes instead of red (because that's what I had), otherwise I made it exactly as written. Thanks, Paula!

By Angie on January 23, 2012


My family loved this soup. My husband says it deserves more than 5 stars. The only thing I did differently was used basil and oregano instead of dill.

By Anne on January 12, 2012


Hey Paula,, do you have a recipe for smoking a turkey, what would you put on it?? I looked all over your web page and could not find it. I love your recipes, I use them in a lot of my BBQ foods and others.

By brian on November 23, 2011


Smoked Sausage & Sauerkraut Soup-I cooked it last night and I give this receipe a five star, it is the best soup I have made, and its an easy recipe. I cooked it in a dutch pot instead of putting it in a slow cooker and in 3 hours it was done. Paula I just want to thank you for a great recipe, and it did not take long to do it. I love you and your show, and tell your mens I said hello and Paula keep up the good work, you are a great person.

By Ruby Baptist on November 09, 2011



By LYLE ROBINSON on September 25, 2011


can't wait to try it my family loves saurkraut

By tracy mchugh on June 06, 2011


Very yummy! It does have a powerful sauerkraut taste if you forget to drain it. Oops! But my husband loved it still.

By Barbara on February 23, 2011


I hate when recipes say "1 Can." WHAT SIZE CAN?!

By Eric on January 19, 2011

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