KETO SAUSAGE SAUERKRAUT SOUP
One of the best winter soup from Eastern Europe. This Keto Sausage Sauerkraut Soup is a perfect mixture of tanginess coming from actual sauerkraut. Together with smoky paprika taste, with the additional taste of wild mushrooms added into it.
If you have never tried one of the cabbage soup recipes, this is the time. Especially since this great sauerkraut soup recipe is a perfect addition to our keto diet.
History of Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut has been one of the main ingredient used in the whole of Middle Europe. Especially during winter months, where it was pretty difficult to get fresh vegetables, sauerkraut was a part of every household kitchen.
The history actually begins from China, where laborers of rice vines used to shred cabbage. They fermented it, to be able to survive throughout the season, where very little produce was grown.
Then 1000 year later.
This has been brought to Europe, where Germanic people used to mix shredded cabbage with salt to extract water. By fermentation, the sugar coming from the cabbage itself worked as a preservative. That way, sauerkraut lasted fresh for a long period.
Every family had barrels. There, the cabbage used to be fermented into perfect sauerkraut to be used throughout the whole winter months. The process started always at around November. Fresh cabbage used to be shredded and placed for fermentation, which normally took approximately 1 month for sauerkraut to form.
Nowadays, as you can buy sauerkraut in every single shop or a market, the tradition had decreased a bit. But it is still active in some families.
As I know from my country – Slovakia, my parents are still making their own sauerkraut. As all of my friends and family relatives.
Every family has their own recipe and add different spices to it, but the process is generally the same all over.
What is sauerkraut used for?
Sauerkraut, as already mentioned has been one of the most popular ingredients in Central Europe. Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Romania, Hungaria, just to name a few.
You can make various dishes from sauerkraut starting from soups, main dishes, various pastries as well as desserts. It gives the dish a perfect tanginess feel. It changes the way we look at the simple ordinary pastries as an example.
We use it in our family quite a lot. You can have a look at an example at our Low Carb Sauerkraut Chicken dish.
I am definitely going to make much more recipes with sauerkraut. This, for all of you, to try and fall in love with it as we all do.
Healthy benefits and advantages of sauerkraut.
Sauerkraut is a perfect immune booster with healthy bacterias involved within the fermentation process. And we all know how fermenting has become really popular for the last few years.
- Helps digestion
- Is filled with probiotics
- Helps in leveling out your Gut bacteria
- Improves your brain functions
- Contains lactic acid, which helps as we age
- By fermentation Vitamin C in cabbage greatly increases
- Keeps our Immune system intact
- Helps Pancreas to add more digestive enzymes into our body
Keto Sausage Sauerkraut soup for weight loss
With thousands of recipes, which promise you to lose weight when you eat a bowl of cabbage soup a day. The truth might just lie somewhere here.
Heidi Klum, for example, mentioned, when asked about her success in keeping fit. Sauerkraut soup from her mother is one of the main dishes she consumes. And that is one of the reasons her weight is kept intact.
She has even appeared on Rachel Ray Show with Heid Klum. She has shown her way of making cabbage soup she remembers.
Is Keto Sausage Sauerkraut Soup tasty?
The only way I can describe if you would like it or not is to be 2 examples from our life.
1. In Slovakia and as our family tradition, sauerkraut Soup is the main dish during Christmas dinner. It is a must soup and there is no way it will be missed or skipped during Christmas.
Even when we lived in Hot St. Lucia. My brother visited us once during Christmas. Both my brother and my husband asked me if we can skip the sauerkraut soup. Just because of the unbelievable heats, they really wanted me to skip it.
But I have with one blink of an eye refused. I can not imagine a Christmas without cabbage soup and nothing will change, even if we live in the desserts.
We had our Christmas with both of them, completely sweating. Taking out all of the shirts during the process of consuming it. We still have some pictures with both of them completely sweaty by the dinner table. But the soup was eaten.
But coming back to the first story.
Well, now it is 3 stories as I have realized.
2. When we lived in Dubai, we have had one of a very dear family friend. He used to visit us for dinner only once a year. And as it became kind of custom, he visited always during Christmas.
Since sauerkraut soup is a must as I have already mentioned, every time he visited us, he got a Sauerkraut soup. And that was every year, so many years. Mind, we have lived there for 15 years.
Can you imagine? You visit a family friend.
And for the next 15 years, all you get every time you visit is a bowl of sauerkraut soup?
If I think about it – I really do not know how I would feel. He must have thought, that we do not eat anything else in our life, only sauerkraut soup.
He had got accustomed to actually love it and always asked in advance to make sure we have it prepared for him.
Even now, when I think about it I have to laugh.
The third story is just recent from last year.
3. As we now live in Austria, we used to travel for skiing every year to the High Tatras of Slovakia. There, every restaurant we went to, my husband only ordered Sauerkraut soup. He loves it so much.
Even when we stayed once for the whole 2 weeks. He did not get fed up of it. Had every single day a bowl of this perfect soup, already as a tradition.
Last year we have convinced our friends to join us and guess what. The first evening we went for dinner, they just looked at my husband what he is eating. The second day, they have ordered it as well. And the day after and so on.
And now, every time we meet, they are asking, when will I cook the Sauerkraut Soup for them.
Here you have an example of a few people. People, who never ever tried Sauerkraut of sauerkraut soup and did fell in love with it the second they have tried it.
This is a step for you to hopefully being convinced, that you do have to make it. At least once.
Keto Sausage Sauerkraut Soup
This recipe contains sausage as well. I have to mention that there are really so many varieties of making this Keto Sauerkraut Soup.
You can always choose the one you like, add or take out what you do not like.
In our tradition as Christians, during Christmas evening meat is strictly prohibited. Therefore the Sauerkraut soup is made completely vegetarian. But also Gluten Free.
The next day we normally cook a fresh one in a really big pot, to last till New Year. This time around we also add sausage to make it even more tasteful and perfect as Keto Sausage Sauerkraut Soup should be.
More the soup is reheated, better it tastes.
Come New Year. It is the best soup to be served after midnight. Just when Sauer-ness and tanginess is all you need after a few sips of alcohol. 🙂
How to make Keto Sausage Sauerkraut Soup?
With my recipe, I will explain exactly how to make our family Slovak Sauerkraut Soup. The one, not only us but also all of our friends love and adore.
The perfect caramelized onions, together with smoked paprika. Dried wild mushrooms add to the taste of sauerkraut. This unbelievable feeling of having the best bowl of soup you have ever imagined of.
As an addition, you can use our Perfect Keto Bone Broth in an Instant Pot as a liquid into the soup to give a bit of more taste.
Can sauerkraut soup be frozen?
It certainly can, and I do it almost every time I cook one for us. I never add sour cream or creme fraiche directly into the soup, but only as addition while serving. Therefore once unfrozen, this soup can be boiled without you being afraid of sour cream to curdle.
Keto Sausage Sauerkraut soup recipe in an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker?
This question has crossed my mind already. And since I have just got an Instant Pot for Christmas and already fell in love with it. I have personally not tried it as yet.
It is already in my next to do list. I will make it inside an Instant Pot as a faster Pressure Cooker option.
Since I already had a bit of experience, I would saute the onions and all as per the recipe below.
Subsequently, once everything is added, I would pressure cook it for approximately 45 minutes on a high. In that way, you get all of the ingredients combined. And get probably even more delicious and dense sauerkraut soup one can ask for.
Keto Sausage Sauerkraut Soup in a Slow Cooker?
I personally do not have one. But as I normally cook this soup on medium heat, I can imagine this recipe to work perfectly as well. I would saute first, then bring to a boil. Later reduce the heat and cook it in a crockpot for a few hours.
As you have seen on most of the photos, bread is added to this, which used to and still is a must to have with Sauerkraut Soup. The exact identical bread as you see on the pictures is from our famous recipe Keto Farmers Bread, which you can add once the soup is being served.
From the same bread we have also made Crispy garlic Keto Croutons, which could be another choice to go with this wunderful soup.
What kind of Mushrooms to use?
For the real and proper Slovak Sauerkraut Soup, we always use dry Mushrooms picked directly from the forest. We always pick Boletus Edulis or Penny Bun, since they are the ones with the strongest flavor and the best taste you can give.
If you do not have those freely available in your part of the world, any dry mushrooms would work as well. If you can manage to get fresh mushrooms for a market near you, it gets even better.
How to make Slovak Keto Sausage Sauerkraut Soup?
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- 1 Onion (100g)
- 3 Cloves of Garlic
- 2 Cups of Dried Wild Mushrooms (30G) (Penny Bun)
- 2 Tbs Dry Red sweet paprika
- 500g Sauerkraut
- 100g of Sausage
- Saute pre-cut onions into slices together with a bit of olive oil
- Add garlic cloves and sausage cut into small round slices
- Add dry mushrooms, sauté a bit more and continue with pinch of salt as well as pepper
- Once everything is sautéed (see video), switch of the heat and aadd sweet paprika powder.
- While heat is turned of, incorporate paprika powder fully. By switching the heat off, you will not have problem with paprika powder burning or becoming bitter, which sometimes happens by overcooking the powder.
- Add sauerkraut and mix well.
- You can add water from it if you want sauerness to be a bit stronger
- Switch the heat again, add boiling water and cover with lid.
- Cook on a medium heat for approximately 1 Hour and 30 Minutes.
- Once cooked, serve it with a spoon or Sour Cream or Creme Fraiche.
- Bon appetit
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Amount Per Serving Calories 73 Total Fat 3g Carbohydrates 5g Fiber 3g Protein 4g
Isn’t this a great recipe? Let me know how it tasted. And what else would you like me to do with sauerkraut?
And in case you would like to try some additional Keto Soup Recipes, have a look at some of ours:
Low Carb Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
This easy Low Carb Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with fresh beefsteak tomatoes straight from your garden will warm you up every time throughout the whole winter. Quick and easy to make, this Keto Tomato Basil Soup is not only Grain-free and Gluten-free but extremely tasty and healthy. You will make it again and again.
If you are preparing this delicious Soup for your celebration, like we do every Christmas, our Homemade Keto Eggnog Recipe will just be a perfect addition to it.
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