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Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Low-Carb Soup (Video)

Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Low-Carb Soup is so tasty and the sauerkraut gets sweet and tender as it cooks in this flavorful soup! Use Soup Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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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 was updated with better photos January 2010 and again in January 2016. This is still one of my favorite soups; enjoy!)

Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Low-Carb Soup process shots collage

How to Make Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Low-Carb Soup:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe.)

  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, 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.

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This recipe has been added to a new 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 Low-Carb Soup is so tasty and the sauerkraut gets sweet and tender as it cooks in this flavorful 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. If you don't have homemade chicken stock just use 1 can (14 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 Low-Carb Soup would be a perfect Phase One lunch or dinner for the 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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    97 Comments on “Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Low-Carb Soup (Video)”

  1. Beth, so glad you liked it. Nice to hear how your husband adapted it for himself too.

  2. I made this tonight and LOVED it! I did rinse the sauerkraut before I put it in the soup as I was afraid it would be too strong. I would definitely make this again; my family loved it as well! My hubby made rice to accompany his soup so if your family isn't on south beach, this may be something to think about…

  3. Minda, don't mind at all, I love blog stalkers! 🙂

    Glad to hear it was a hit!

  4. Since I'm apparently stalking your blog, I made this today and wowza! Big hit with the whole family 🙂

  5. I'm saving this one! 🙂

  6. So many of your soups are delicious!

    Since it has been soup weather and I have been craving your Hoppin' John soup! That is one of my favorite Kalyn recipes

  7. Gourmified, I chose South Beach so I wouldn't have to count calories or points, so you'll have to do that on your own.

  8. Oh sauerkraut makes me smile! I can't get enough of it! YUM! Defnitely want to make this recipe, too…wondered if you have any nutritional info that goes along with it? I could figure out the points (weight watchers) on my own, but if you have it handy in a book, I'd LOVE that!

  9. I find it doubly irritating when someone not only criticizes an ingredient I use, but then links to their own weight-loss product. Needless to say, I won't be publishing those sorts of comments!

    (And eat whatever you'd like and allow others to do the same, that's my motto. Everyone has a right to make their own food choices.)

  10. Minda, the South Beach books don't say anything about Agave that I've found, but since it contains fructose (the same type of sugar found in fruit) I usually consider it to be phase 2. However, in a soup like this, the tiny amount probably isn't a big deal.

  11. Oh, I love this blog! Can I use agave instead of Splenda?

  12. Karina, it's that sour taste thing again, love it!

    Katerina, I'm a big fan. For me it started years ago with Reuben sandwiches!

    Sophie, thanks and Happy New Year to you and your family as well!

    Lea Ann, I am crazy about cabbage, so nice that it's nutritious!

    Valerie Anne, I love the Frugal Gourmet, will have to look for it!

    Ronelle, thanks! It's definitely soup weather here.

  13. It DOES look delicious and wholesome and filling and absolutly on the spot for January!

  14. The Frugal Gourmet cookbook has a similar soup made with pork. I use leftover pork roast/chops or even ground pork. I usually don't add any sweetener. It is awesome soup. It could definitely be made in a crockpot. A perfect soup for winter.

  15. I'm loving all of the sauerkraut and cabbage recipes I'm seeing right now. Love it. Thanks for the recipe, sounds delicious.

  16. oooh Kalyn,

    A superb festive soup this is!!

    MMMMMMMMMMM,…A Happy Belated New year to you & your family with lots of fun & health!!

  17. This does sound delicious, I have only recently discovered I like sauerkraut and still have never cooked with it.

  18. I love sauerkraut – and in soup, with beef? Brilliant. Thank you for sharing it again!

  19. Crystal, you can have two bowls. For most things, portion sizes aren't restricted on South Beach.

  20. Eating this now! Yummy!!! I love this. I can't find the serving size though. Is it ok to have 2 bowls of it? Not sure I ate enough food today cuz I have a HUGE headache. Day 1 phase1.