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Ground Beef and Sauerkraut Soup (Video)

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Ground beef and sauerkraut soup is so delicious and cooking it in this flavorful low carb soup makes the sauerkraut sweet and tender!

Try the PIN ground beef and sauerkraut soup for later.

If anyone just rolled their eyes a little at the mention of sauerkraut in this article ground beef and sauerkraut soupplease stay with me for a second before dismissing this recipe. There are some good reasons to give this soup a chance.

beginning, Fermented foods are very healthy That’s why they’ve suddenly become trendy, so sauerkraut in a soup is a very good thing. Most importantly for sauerkraut skeptics!) When sauerkraut is simmered in soup, it becomes sweeter and falls apart into the soup.

Served with sour cream if desired (I always do), this soup is absolutely delicious!

A few years ago a loyal reader told me that she makes this soup every time she diets more strictly for a few weeks.My friend Bonnie’s husband George loves it too. I’ve made it quite a few times at parties, and it’s been loved by people every year. And since I make my own every January, I’ve updated the photos a few times!

What are the ingredients needed for this recipe?

Which sauerkraut goes well with ground beef and sauerkraut soup?

This soup can use sauerkraut in jars or cans, or fresh sauerkraut sold with refrigerated foods. Any of those options would be delicious!

Why is sauerkraut a healthy food?

Sauerkraut is made from cabbage, a nutritious cruciferous vegetable. Sauerkraut contains fiber, vitamins and minerals. Since it is also a fermented food, it helps the digestive tract to produce beneficial probiotics.

Other recipes using sauerkraut:

Want more low-sugar soup recipes with cabbage?

If you’re a cabbage fan like me, check out Low Carb and Keto Soups with Cabbage for more soup ideas like this!

Collage of ground beef and sauerkraut low carb soup process shots

How to make sauerkraut and ground beef soup:

(Scroll down to see the full recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Start cooking the ground beef until browned. Don’t rush it as it will enhance the flavor as it browns.
  2. While the beef is browning, add stock, canned tomatoes, sauerkraut, sweetener of 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 browned, add it to the soup pot and let it simmer.
  4. Heat the olive oil in the same frying pan and fry the finely chopped onions. minced garlic (Affiliate link) Sauté for a few more minutes.
  5. Add the onions and garlic to the broth and simmer over low heat for about 1 hour or until the sauerkraut is tender and crumbles in the broth.
  6. After 1 hour, check if the soup tastes too strong, and add more water if necessary.
  7. Season with plenty of freshly ground black pepper (a pinch of salt if desired) and serve hot, with or without sour cream.

Ground beef and sauerkraut soup with sour cream displayed in two serving bowls

More Tasty Low Carb Soups:

Check out our Keto Cauliflower Soup Recipes or our Low Carb and Keto Instant Pot Soups for delicious soups like this one!

Weekend Meal Prep:

This recipe has been added to the category called Weekend Meal Preps. Here you can find recipes that you can prepare or cook on weekends and eat on weekdays!


  • 1 pound ground beef (see note)

  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 2 cups chicken broth (see note)

  • 2 14 oz. canned beef broth (see note)

  • 1 14.5 oz.can dice tomatoes

  • 1 14 oz. can of sauerkraut (see note)

  • 1 sweetener of your choice

  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce (see note)

  • 4 dried bay leaves

  • 3T of chopped parsley (see note)

  • 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (less if you don’t like garlic)

  • 1-2 cups of water (if needed)

  • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a heavy skillet, heat 1 tsp. Drizzle olive oil, add minced meat, stir-fry well, and crush finely with a turner. This should take about 10 minutes, but don’t let it brown.
  2. While ground beef is browning, place chicken stock, beef stock, canned tomatoes and juice, sauerkraut and juice, sweetener of choice, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, parsley, and sage in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer.
  3. When the beef is browned, add it to the soup in the pot. Deglaze the bread with a little soup liquid, scraping off any browned bits, and add to the soup.
  4. Wipe out skillet and add another 1-2 tsp. Olive oil. Saute for 2-3 minutes until the onions are soft, then add the garlic and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add to the soup, reduce the heat under the soup pot, and let the soup simmer over low heat for about an hour.
  6. After 1 hour, taste the seasonings and add more water if the broth is too strong.
  7. Season with freshly ground black pepper (and a pinch of salt if desired) before serving. Serve warm, with sour cream if desired.


I don’t like beef fat floating on top of my soup, so I use ground beef with less than 10% fat. Your choice on it!

This soup is great with homemade chicken stock or 1 can (14.5 oz can) of chicken broth and a little water. Start with 2 cans of beef broth and add a little more if needed.

Feel free to use bottled sauerkraut if you prefer.

use gluten free worcestershire sauce (affiliate link) as required. If you don’t want to buy fresh parsley, you can use 1-2 T of dried parsley.

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

Nutrition Facts Table:



Serving size:


Amount Per Serving:
calorie: 222Total Fat: 12gsaturated fat: 4gUnsaturated fat: 6gcholesterol: 52mgsodium: 995mgcarbohydrates: 9gfiber: 3gsugar: 4gprotein: 19g

The Recipe Plug-In I use automatically calculates nutritional information. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy as many variables affect these calculations.

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Two bowls of ground beef and sauerkraut soup with sour cream on the side

Low Carb / Low Glycemic / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Ground beef and sauerkraut soup is great for low-carb and keto diets, and is perfect for lunch or dinner on Phase 1 of the original South Beach Diet. (South Beach and the low-carb diet recommend using an approved sweetener, but even with brown sugar, this is 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 received improved photos in January 2010 and January 2016, and a slight recipe update for 2022.

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