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! Even if you aren’t sure if you like sauerkraut, I urge you to give this tasty soup a try!
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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 becoming so 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 some sour cream at the table if you’d like (which is the way I always eat it), 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!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
(This is only a list of ingredients; please scroll down for complete printable recipe. Or if you use the JUMP TO RECIPE link at the top of the page, it will take you directly to the complete recipe.)
- ground beef
- olive oil
- chicken stock (or canned chicken broth (affiliate link))
- beef broth
- canned diced tomatoes
- canned sauerkraut
- Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), or sweetener of your choice
- Worcestershire sauce, or Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce (affiliate link)
- Bay Leaves (affiliate link)
- minced parsley (see notes)
- Dried Sage (affiliate link)
- Minced Garlic (affiliate link)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
What sauerkraut is good for Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup?
You can use sauerkraut in a jar or a can, or fresh sauerkraut sold with the refrigerated foods for this soup. Any of those options will be delicious!
Why is sauerkraut such a healthy food?
Sauerkraut is made from cabbage, which is a nutritious cruciferous vegetable. Sauerkraut contains fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also a fermented food so it helps the digestive tract create beneficial probiotics.
More recipes with sauerkraut:
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If you’re a cabbage fan like I am, check out Low-Carb and Keto Soups with Cabbage to find more soup ideas like this one!
How to make this soup with sauerkraut and ground beef:
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- Start by cooking the ground beef until it’s well-browned. Don’t rush this, because browning adds flavor.
- 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).
- When the beef is well-browned, add it to the soup pot and let the soup continue to simmer.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
More Delicious Low-Carb Soups:
Check out Keto Cauliflower Soup Recipes or Low-Carb and Keto Instant Pot Soups to find more tasty soups like this one!
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep where you’ll 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 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add to soup, reduce heat under soup pot and let soup simmer at low heat about one hour.
- After an hour, taste for seasoning and add water if soup seems too strong. Simmer 15 minutes more if adding water.
- 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!
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.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup would be great for low-carb and Keto diets and it’s also a perfect Phase One lunch or dinner for the original South Beach Diet. (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 2023.
99 Comments on “Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup (Video)”
Wow, great soup! Thanks for sharing. We were looking for a recipe that calls for Sauerkraut for the health benefits and you gave it to us! Thank you!
So glad you enjoyed. I am a huge sauerkraut fan!
OOps, I just posted a comment on the Ground Beef and Green Bean soup on this page by mistake. Sorry. I want to try this recipe next!
No worries, hope you enjoy!
I made this soup yesterday and LOVE it. Not having an instant pot, I browned the meat, then transferred it to my slow cooker. Sauteed the onions and garlic, added the tomatoes to de-glaze the pan, then added everything to the slow cooker. After a couple of hours I added the beans and let them cook for about an hour. This recipe is going on the hard drive! Thanks so much!
Glad you enjoyed the soup, even if this is on the wrong post! No problem!
I made this tonight. I have been getting so bored making and eating the same low carb meals. We wanted to try something different. Happy to say It was delicious! I added some celery and also some green chillis, the spiciness made it even more ‘moreish’. I also added some grated chedder cheese on top and melted under the grill. My partner had three helpings he enjoyed it so much. Thank you for this recipe, its a delicious new addition to our low carb diet 😊🤗
So glad to hear you enjoyed it!
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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!
I wouldn’t use red onion but either white or yellow will be fine.
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.
So glad you enjoyed it!
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!
Katie, so glad you guys enjoyed it. Those tomatoes would be perfect for this!
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!
Katherine, so glad you are enjoying it.
This is a new one for me, it looks really good.
Thanks Amy; hope you enjoy!
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!
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.
Beth, great idea! I bet I would like that.
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!
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
I didn't know you could cook with the packets; thanks for sharing that!
Katie, so glad you guys have been enjoying the recipes!
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!
Monica, glad you liked it, and your version sounds yummy!
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!