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

(makes 4+ servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
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
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
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.

Similar Recipes:
Sauerkraut, Ham and Mushroom Pirogies
Sauerkraut Cabbage Roll Soup
Beef Stroganoff
Hungarian Mushroom Soup

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14 comments:

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!

Cheers,

Rosa

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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