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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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Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup finished soup in two serving bowls

If anyone just rolled their eyes a bit at the mention of sauerkraut in this Ground Beef and Sauerkraut 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!

And if you’re a cabbage fan you can check out Low-Carb and Keto Soups with Cabbage to find more soup ideas like this one!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

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 (affiliate link), parsley, and Dried Sage (affiliate link).
  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 (affiliate link) 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

More Delicious Low-Carb Soups:

Low-Carb Turkey, Mushroom, and Zucchini Noodle Soup 
Amazing Low-Carb and Keto Cauliflower Soup Recipes 
Low-Carb Double Mushroom Soup 

Weekend Food Prep:

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 chicken broth (see notes)
  • 2 14 oz. cans beef broth (see notes)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz. can sauerkraut (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! This soup would be great with homemade chicken stock, or 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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  3. This looks really tasty! I’m curious what kind of onion I should use though, yellow/white/red? Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try this at home!

  4. This soup was fabulous! I had purchased sauerkraut specifically for this recipe and bought a larger 28 oz can so I decided to put the entire can in the soup. I also had in the pantry a 28 oz can of Italian spiced diced tomatoes and also put the entire can in the soup. I was in a rush and didn't saute the onions and garlic, just put it directly in. This turned out fabulous! I had enough to freeze for a quick weeknight dinner.

  5. This soup is really delicious. My boyfriend loved it too and was happy to hear it was a SB friendly recipe. I am making it tonight for the second time. I used Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes. I think the little bit of smokiness balanced well with the kraut. Thank you for this recipe! And it was so easy to make!

  6. This soup was so easy to make and it is so delicious and wonderful for the month of January in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I was so happy to find this recipe since we can our own sauerkraut and I have many pints of sauerkraut in my cellar. I now have one more recipe for it. Thanks Kalyn!

  7. This is a new one for me, it looks really good.

  8. Just wondering…Has anyone tried this recipe using vegetarian soy crumbles in place of the beef or turkey? I don't eat meat, but this sounds like a great soup – I love sauerkraut.

    • Karen, I haven't use that kind of product but if it normally works as a substitute for ground beef I bet it would work just fine in this recipe! Love to hear what you think if you try it!

    • I made the vegetarian version this morning. YUM! I posted a couple of pictures under the recipe on your FaceBook page.

    • So glad that worked Karen, will go check out your photos!

  9. I had a pound of leftover ground beef and half of a large can of sauerkraut left over from other recipes. So I did a search and found your recipe. Perfect! Thank you; I enjoyed it tremendously.

  10. Beth, great idea! I bet I would like that.

  11. Just made this to use up some pickled cauliflower that was too strong for me to want to eat it straight. It may not be exactly the same recipe, but it tastes really good!

  12. Kayln, been a huge fan for years! Just made this soup with zero changes and it is amazing. I used 1 and 1/2 packets of Splenda since each packet is equal to 2 tsp (according to their website.) Thanks, Sharon

  13. Katie, so glad you guys have been enjoying the recipes!

  14. I'm making this one for dinner tonight. My bf and I have nearly finished week 1 of Phase 1 and I was really desperate for some beef mince! It's simmering away at the moment (my bf is not impressed that he has to wait about an hour before he can eat it haha!) and smells delightful. Thankyou for all your SBD information and recipes, you've definitely made it easier at mealtimes!

  15. Monica, glad you liked it, and your version sounds yummy!

  16. I made this in the crock pot! I changed a few things. I used ground turkey, and all beef broth, and doubled the sauerkraut. I browned the turkey, and didn't bother cooking the onions first. I put all ingredients in the crockpot except the sauerkraut and let it cook on low for about 8 hours, then threw in the sauerkraut and let it cook for about an hour. It was super yummy! My boyfriend loved it too! I can't wait for leftovers tomorrow! Thanks for the great recipe!

  17. I cannot get over how good this sounds. I wish my husband liked kraut!

  18. Glad to hear people are liking the soup. I heard from someone who added rice too, for a phase two version.

  19. We made this recipe for supper last night and wow! – it will definitely be going into our Favorites file! Thanks for sharing, Kalyn!

  20. Kalyn, I loved this soup. The tang of the sauerkraut was very palate pleasing, and the overall flavor was just terrific. I just posted a variation of your soup on my blog, including a link back to your blog for credit. Thank you for posting such amazing recipes. YUM!