Sauerkraut Soup – The perfect Sunday Football Chili Alternative

Fall is here! That means changing leaves, sweaters and boots, bonfires, football… and soup! That’s right – soup. Ditch the chili this football Sunday and make something totally different but just as filling to the belly and the soul. Here is the perfect Sauerkraut soup recipe that will leave you toasty both on the outside and the inside.


  • 1 pound of sauerkraut
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 1.5 cup of cooked rice
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 1 cup of dried mushrooms or chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 TBS of flour
  • 1 TBS of butter
  • 1 TBS of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To:

  1. Soak dried mushrooms in water for 20 minutes in order to rehydrate them.

  2. Saute onion in a soup pot.

  3. Add 2 quarts of water to the pot.

  4. Add sauerkraut.

  5. Bring to boil, then reduce to a simmer.

  6. Add cooked rice, mushrooms and spices.

  7. In a small sauce pan, mix butter and flour over medium heat. Whisk constantly for 8-10 minutes until it smells toasted and has a super thick consistency.

  8. Add this rue into your stock pot and simmer for 1.5 hours.

  9. Add a cup of chicken stock to your pot after you’ve completed your simmer time. Let simmer for another 30 minutes until soup is thick and well blended.

This soup is perfect when eaten with fresh bread!

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Danielle is a Pittsburgh native who has been warming her “black and gold” blood in sunny Northern California for the past 6 years. On any given day, you can find her arranging ridiculous photo shoots of her one-year-old son Graeme and cat Gizmo, or working on any one of her 27,000 writing projects. She enjoys daydreaming about becoming a famous actress and starting a handful of different businesses with her husband over glasses of wine in the evenings. Someday, she hopes to travel the country in an RV with her family… but she needs to sell that novel first. You can follow her journeys through her blog With A Red Bird On My Shoulder

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