Learn in this cooking video how to make sauerkraut soup using a tasty and easy homemade soup recipe from scratch!
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1) 1.5 kg/50 oz of sauerkraut
2) 600 g/21 oz of carrots
3) 400 g/14 oz of parsnip or parsley root
4) 200 g/7 oz of onions
5) 500 g/18 oz of smoked sausages like kielbasa or another similar sausage type
6) 500 g/18 oz of smoked pork ham or smoked pork pastrami, smoked country-style pork loin, etc.
7) 600 g/21 oz of potatoes
8) 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
9) 1/2 teaspoon of black peppercorns or to taste
10) 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds or to taste
11) 2-3 dried bay leaves or to taste
Step 1: cut the head of sauerkraut into quarters and remove the stub from each one
Step 2: cut the sauerkraut into thin strips
Step 3: peel the carrots and cut them into rounds
Step 4: peel the parsnip and cut it into rounds
Step 5: peel the onion and chop it finely
Step 6: cut the smoked sausages into thicker slices
Step 7: cut the smoked pork ham into larger cubes
Step 8: peel the potatoes and cut them into large cubes
Step 9: put the sour cabbage in a tall pot, add 2 tablespoons of oil, onions, carrots, and parsnips
Step 10: pour about 1 liter/35 fl oz of lukewarm water into the pot, mix, then simmer the ingredients over high temperature for about 10-15 minutes or until the sauerkraut is slightly soft
Step 11: add peppercorns, cumin seeds, and dried bay leaves to taste
Step 12: reduce the temperature to medium/low and add the smoked pork to the pot
Step 13: pour water into the pot to cover the ingredients with about 2-3 fingers, then boil the soup for about 15 minutes
Step 14: reduce the temperature to a minimum, put the potatoes in the pot, add more water if necessary and boil the sour cabbage soup with smoked pork for 30 minutes or until all the ingredients are tender
Pickled cabbage is very popular in Eastern Europe. This is probably due to the long, cold winters that people had to spend with sufficient food supplies.
Cabbage is a staple food in this part of the world and had to be preserved to be available in the cold months. One of the main methods of preserving cabbage is pickling, so it is not surprising that in countries like Poland pickled cabbage (named also sour cabbage or sauerkraut) is widely used in gastronomy.
Sour cabbage is cooked in many ways and one of the most commonly used is the preparation of filling soups that provide enough calories to the body to withstand the severe frost outside.
Polish sauerkraut soup, known locally as kapuśniak, is very popular in this country but has become known in other countries where there is a large community of Poles. Canada and, in particular, the United States and more recently the United Kingdom are some of the countries that have adopted sauerkraut soup.
As you can see in the video, the method of cooking Polish sauerkraut soup is very simple and does not require a long cooking time even if it has to boil for some time at low temperature.
A person with average experience in the kitchen can prepare all the ingredients in 10-15 minutes, after which she/he can put to boil them and take care of something else.
Regarding the sauerkraut, I recommend tasting it before cooking. If it is too salty, it must be put in cold water for a few hours to remove the excess salt, otherwise, the Polish sauerkraut soup will be too salty.
As for the sausages, the original recipe is made with kielbasa, which are Polish smoked pork sausages specific to this country. If you do not have such sausages, you can use others similar as long as they are not too dry but only half-smoked.
The smoked meat used for Polish sauerkraut soup is, of course, pork, given that the meat of this animal is very popular in Poland. You can use smoked bacon, smoked country-style pork loin, or smoked pork ribs.
Enjoy the Polish sauerkraut soup recipe!
1. Sauerkraut is very nutritious
Sauerkraut contains many nutrients important for optimal health. Sauerkraut is particularly nutritious because it undergoes fermentation, a process during which microorganisms on the cabbage digest its natural sugars and convert them into carbon dioxide and organic acids.
2. Improves your digestion
Your gut is said to contain over 100 trillion microorganisms or “gut flora,” which is more than 10 times the total number of cells in your body.
Unpasteurized sauerkraut contains probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that act as the first line of defense against toxins and harmful bacteria. They can also improve your digestion and overall health.
3. Boosts your immune system
Sauerkraut is a source of immune-boosting probiotics and nutrients.8 Surprising Benefits of Sauerkraut (Plus How to Make It) (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-sauerkraut)
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