Ham and Mushroom Sauerkraut Soup

Ham and Mushroom Sauerkraut Soup

Sauerkraut comes in such large jars and I sometimes worry about picking one up because I just know that I will have that half used jar sitting in the fridge taking up space for months afterwards. Last week I could not resist trying the sauerkraut cabbage roll soup and that meant picking up one of those jars of sauerkraut. While I was enjoying a bowl of the soup it reminded me that it had been a while since I last made my favorite pirogies which are stuffed with sauerkraut, ham, mushrooms and onions. One thought led to the other and next I was wondering about a soup made with the sauerkraut, ham, mushrooms and onion flavour combination and I knew exactly how I was going to finish off that jar of sauerkraut! With the ham and sauerkraut the soup had the flavour department covered but I was thinking that I needed to bulk the soup up a bit and that sounded like the perfect opportunity to throw in a grain and barley seemed like the right choice. The pirogi filling inspired soup turned out really well and it certainly hit the spot on a cold winter day! It is always nice to find new ways to enjoy your favourite flavour combinations.

Ham and Mushroom Sauerkraut Soup

Ham and Mushroom Sauerkraut Soup

Servings: 4
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cremini mushrooms (diced)
  • 2 cups ham (chopped in a food processor)
  • 2 cups sauerkraut (with liquid)
  • 4 cups ham broth or chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup barley (omit for gluten-free)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a pan.
  2. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the mushrooms and saute until all of the moisture has evaporated.
  5. Add the ham, sauerkraut, broth, barley, bay leaves, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat and simmer until the barley is tender, about 30-45 minutes.


Velva said...

I have never enjoyed this type of soup. Looks absolutely delightful.

Toni said...

Wouldn't have thought to put sauerkraut in a soup, but I'm in!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That soup is great! A succulent dish!



Diana's Cocina said...

What's not to like! I'm new to your blog and I'm loving it!!! I'm your new follower.

Monika said...

This is one of the things I love about your blog; you really make use of one ingredient and incorporate it into a number of dishes. Thanks for the continued inspiration! I'll have to try this; I LOVE sauerkraut!

alice said...

Yay! I have been needing to use up a giant jar of Sauerkraut! All of your variations sound awesome... especially the pirogies!

Helene said...

I really like Sauerkraut and never did a soup with it. Looks really good.

Chef Aimee said...

I really like this idea - thanks for sharing! This is really clever!

jose manuel said...

Excelente sopa y combinaciĆ³n de sabores. Un saludo desde EspaƱa

Jenn/CinnamonQuill said...

How do you come up with these ideas?! Brilliant, I tell you!

carly said...

This looks a lot like bigos, but... brothier. :)

dragonwithin said...

I never knew sauerkraut could be used in soups. This one looks simple to make and is quite an interesting sight if you ask me. I would try this out asap.

Olga said...

In Russia, we used to make a sauerkraut soup with potatoes, onions, and carrots. This is definitely a fun and inventive use of sauerkraut too.

Ina zipper leggings said...

Mmm, I love this soup, I used to eat it in Finland, they make it in a similar way. This recipe reminded me how much I liked it. I will try to make it myself.

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