Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

I have to admit that I have never even heard of this - I guess I just did not party enough when I was young! And the few times I did, I just might have appreciated this soup. This is a sweet-and-sour sauerkraut soup - I am looking forward to trying it once the we have a cool night. Adapted from


  1. Heat a heavy pot and start frying the bacon. Once some of the bacon fat melts off, add the onions and saute for 3 to 5 minutes, until the onions soften.
  2. Add the carrots and saute for another 3 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste and saute for 30 seconds. Then add the water and the sauerkraut, bring to a boil,.
  4. Add the sugar, starting with 2 tbl - how much you add will depend on how tart your sauerkraut is and how sweet the tomato paste. You are looking for a balanced sweet-and-sour taste. Simmer for 30-50 minutes.
  5. Taste and add additional sugar, if necessary, plus salt and pepper (it may be salty enough from the sauerkraut). Simmer an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Top each serving with a tablespoon or so of creme fraiche. I would serve with hot boiled potatoes or rye bread.