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Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup (Video)

Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup is so tasty and the sauerkraut gets sweet and tender as it cooks in this flavorful low-carb soup! 

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If anyone just rolled their eyes a bit at the mention of sauerkraut in this Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Low-Carb Soup, please stay with me a bit before you dismiss this recipe. There are a few good reasons to give this soup a chance!

First, fermented foods are so healthy which is why they’re suddenly trendy, so the sauerkraut in the soup is a very good thing. Second, this soup is super low in carbs, easy to make, and freezes well. Third (and most important for people who are skeptical about the sauerkraut!) simmering sauerkraut in soup makes it sweet and breaks it apart into the soup, so that when you’re eating the finished soup you might not even realize it contains sauerkraut. Add sour cream if you’d like, and this soup is absolutely delicious!

A few years ago a faithful reader told me that she makes this soup every time she diets more strictly for a few weeks, and my friend Bonnie’s husband George adores it too. I’ve also made it quite a few times for my annual soup party, and people love it every year. And I make it myself every January, which is why I’ve updated the photos a couple of times!

Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Low-Carb Soup process shots collage

How to make this soup with sauerkraut and ground beef:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Start by cooking the ground beef until it’s well-browned. Don’t rush this, because browning adds flavor.
  2. While the beef is browning, start simmering the stock, canned tomatoes, sauerkraut, sweetener of your choice, Worcestershire Sauce or Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce (affiliate link), bay leaves, parsley, and sage.
  3. When the beef is well-browned, add it to the soup pot and let the soup continue to simmer.
  4. Heat more olive oil in the same frying pan and saute the chopped onions, then add the minced garlic and saute a few minutes more.
  5. Add the onions and garlic to the soup and simmer on low about one hour, or until the sauerkraut has softened and broken down in the soup.
  6. After an hour taste the soup to see if it seems too strong and add some water if needed. (Simmer a little longer if you add water.)
  7. Season to taste with a generous amount of fresh-ground black pepper (and a little salt if desired) and serve hot, with or without sour cream.

Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup in soup bowls with sour cream

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Amazing Low-Carb and Keto Cauliflower Soup Recipes 
Low-Carb Double Mushroom Soup 

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This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup

Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup is so tasty and the sauerkraut gets sweet and tender as it cooks in this flavorful low-carb soup!


  • 1 lb. ground beef (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups homemade chicken stock (see notes)
  • 2 14 oz. cans beef broth (see notes)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz. can sauerkraut with (see notes)
  • 1 T sweetener of your choice
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce (see notes)
  • 4 dried bay leaves
  • 3 T minced parsley (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. dried rubbed sage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped small
  • 1 T minced garlic (or less if you’re not that fond of garlic)
  • 1-2 cups water (if needed)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. In heavy frying pan, heat 1 tsp. olive oil, add ground beef and brown well, breaking into small pieces with turner. This will take as much as ten minutes but don’t rush the browning step.
  2. While ground beef browns, combine chicken stock, beef stock, canned tomatoes with juice, sauerkraut with juice, sweetener of your choice, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, parsley and sage in large stock pot. Bring to a low simmer.
  3. When beef is well browned, add to soup in pot. Deglaze pan with a bit of the soup liquid, scraping off any browned bits, and add to soup.
  4. Wipe out frying pan and add other 1-2 tsp. olive oil. Saute onions 2-3 minutes, until starting to soften, then add garlic and saute 1-2 minutes more.
  5. Add to soup, reduce heat under soup pot and let soup simmer at low heat about one hour.
  6. After an hour, taste for seasoning and add water if soup seems too strong. Simmer 15 minutes more if adding water.
  7. Season to taste with fresh-ground black pepper (and a little salt if desired) before serving. Serve hot, with sour cream if desired.


I would use ground beef with less than 10% fat because I don't enjoy beef fat floating on the top of the soup; your choice on that! If you don't have homemade chicken stock just use 1 can (14.5 oz. can) chicken broth and a little water. Start with 2 cans beef broth and add a little more if desired. Use bottled sauerkraut if you prefer. Use Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce (affiliate link) if needed. You can use 1-2 T dried parsley if you don't want to buy fresh parsley.

I know this soup was inspired by a recipe I saw somewhere, but I can’t remember where I saw it!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 995mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 19g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup would be a perfect Phase One lunch or dinner for the original South Beach Diet, and it would also be approved for other types of low-carb eating plans. (South Beach and low-carb diets would recommend using an approved sweetener, but even if you used brown sugar this is still a very low-carb soup.)

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup was first posted in 2007! This favorite recipe was improved with better photos January 2010 and again in January 2016, and the recipe was updated slightly in 2020.

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    97 Comments on “Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup (Video)”

  1. Anonymous, I’m not actually sure how many Splenda packets would make a tablespoon, but I’d probably add 2 and then taste the soup. I think (but am not 100% sure) that the Splenda in the packets is more concentrated than the granular Splenda you use for baking. It should be just a slightly sweet-sour flavor.

  2. If I just had Splenda packets, how many would you use?

  3. I almost skipped this recipe, this blog entirely, because I saw the South Beach theme, and I’m usually adverse to any diet recipes. Of course, this is utterly ridiculous because plenty of things I love are healthy anyway. I decided to push on and give it a shot and was hooked the second I saw this recipe. It was delicious and so is your blog.

  4. Kayln
    this recipe was DELICIOUS !!
    thank you so much for sharing it!
    Am new to the South Beach Diet,
    and if all the recipes are as
    yummy as this.. then Let’s
    get cooking !
    : )

  5. Naudee, thanks so much for letting me know, and I love the idea of adding mushrooms. I think I’ll try your version next time.

  6. I just wanted to let ya know that we tried this last night and really enjoyed it! I added sauteed mushrooms as I wanted a few more veggies in it and thought it would be a nice addition, and it was. It reminds us of something we’d get on the economy here in Germany….its very good with a rich and almost complicated flavor and yet easy to make. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!!

  7. You lost two pound!? Wow! Cool!

    This soup looks like another winner.


  8. You can tell I am back at school eight hours a day when I don’t get time to reply to many comments. I hope no one takes it personally! I do read them all. Thanks everyone for letting me know that you are enjoying the phase one recipes.

  9. Happy New Year, Kalyn! Thanks for all the phase one suggestions. I’m looking forward to reading them over the month.

  10. Ohh Kalyn you are SOOO tempting me to try the South Beach Diet. I have serious weight to lose, and I gave up on diets as they just seem to get me 20 lbs lighter or so and plateau.

  11. We really enjoyed Sb when my hubby and I were doing it. Over the past few months life has occurred and then laziness and old BAD BAD BAD habit crept in and now we gotta start over. Gonna go shopping tomorrow to stock the kitchen with healthier SB items so we can hit P1 again.

    This recipe looks like one to try….my mouth is watering already and I look forward to trying it! Your blog rocks!!!

  12. This looks wonderful Kalyn!

  13. Happy New Year Kalyn–and congratualtions on the weight loss! That soup looks fabulous. We love sauerkraut in our house.

  14. Kalyn, this looks very yummy! I have decided to make more healthy food at home, and your site is my inspiration!

  15. Happy New Year, Kalyn!

  16. Happy New Year, Kalyn! I’m so glad you’re doing this–I’ve been meaning to search your site for Phase One recipes for weeks now. Looking forward to seeing what kind of breakfast ideas you’re going to share.

  17. Amanda and Bill, I am with you on the sauerkraut! I really like it. (Note to self, check on that sauerkraut salad recipe I had at Thanksgiving!)

    Erika, the sauerkraut is less than 20% of the soup so I don’t think it would be very strong smelling. I made it a few weeks ago, but I don’t remember noticing much of a sauerkraut smell.

  18. Kraut and ground beef? How can you go wrong?

  19. This one is definitely intriguing, and I bet my husband would like it.

    I have to ask though, does it smell very “sauerkrauty” when you’re cooking it? We love sauerkraut, but that odor as it cooks is usually pretty off-putting for us.

    Ah well, we may find out ourselves anyway, this may make a great dinner tonight.

  20. happy new years, kalyn! this looks particularly yummy to me. for some reason i just can’t resist all things sauerkraut. I hope your first day back to work isn’t so bad! 🙂