A tart and savory, sausage and sauerkraut soup made with pinto beans, sour cream, beef broth, and other tasty ingredients.
Growing up, my grandmother would come to visit and make all sorts of Hungarian-inspired treats.
From cabbage rolls to walnut rolls, she loved to cook for the family. Now, I’m sharing those recipes with my family.
Today, we’re posting a sausage and sauerkraut soup. Of course, she called it something a little different.
She called it bean soup and would spend all day in the kitchen preparing it for our dinner.
Now, to cut down on the cook time, I made one slight change. I use canned beans instead of dried pintos.
Other than that, the recipe is pretty close to her homemade cabbage soup. So, shall we get cooking?
After that, place a large stock pot or saucepan over medium heat. Pour in the oil and add in the Kielbasa and onions.
Next, sauté the meat and onions until the veggies soften and the sausage browns (about 5-minutes).
At this point, you can pour in the beef broth. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan.
Then, bring the broth to a simmer. Afterward, add the drained sauerkraut and pinto beans.
Allow the soup to simmer for about 30-minutes, then turn off the heat. Let the soup cool for about 15-20 minutes.
Last, stir in the milk and sour cream. Reheat the soup a little, if needed, and serve.
That’s it, your sausage and sauerkraut soup is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy it and wish you all the best 🙂
- To keep the soup from separating, you can always temper the milk and sour cream. Simply combine the dairy products in a separate bowl. Then, stir in a 1/4-cup of the warm broth. Continue adding small amounts of broth (while stirring) to slowly increase the temperature of the dairy. Once it’s no longer cold, add the tempered cream(s) to the soup (while stirring).
- In regards to authenticity, I make no claims that this recipe is an, “authentic Hungarian soup.” In fact, I’ve never been able to locate a sauerkraut soup that uses beans, sauerkraut, and sausage.
- You can prepare this recipe using dry beans. But, the legumes will need to be soaked overnight, drained, and then slow simmered in the sausage and onion broth for 4-6 hours (or until soft). The soup would need to cool drastically before adding the sauerkraut, sour cream, and milk.
- This recipe can be frozen. My grandmother would make multiple pots of bean soup and then store leftovers in our freezer. It should hold, when properly stored in your freezer, for up to 2-months.
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- 1 teaspoon cooking oil or butter
- 14 ounces kielbasa sausage sliced into ½ inch circles
- 1 cup white onion diced
- 4 to 5 cups beef broth
- 2 pounds sauerkraut drained
- 30 ounces pinto beans two (15 ounce) cans, drained and rinsed
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 1 cup heavy cream or whole milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place a large stock pot over medium heat, add oil, sausage, and onions. Sauté for 4 to 6 minutes until the onions start to soften and the sausage is browned.1 teaspoon cooking oil14 ounces kielbasa sausage1 cup white onion
- Add the broth, and deglaze the bottom of the pan if needed. Bring the liquid to a simmer.4 to 5 cups beef broth
- Add the sauerkraut and pinto beans. Stir to combine, and simmer for 30 minutes.2 pounds sauerkraut30 ounces pinto beans
- Remove from heat, and allow the soup to cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in sour cream and heavy cream. Taste, and season with salt and pepper.8 ounces sour cream1 cup heavy cream
- Serve hot with bread, crackers, or dinner rolls! Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container, in your fridge, for up to 3-days.