Smoked Traditional Sauerkraut Soup

Here we go! Another traditional food.

To be specific this is a traditional Soup from Slovakia. My lovely home. And when I say traditional I mean really traditional. This soup has been in our Slovakian kitchen since I even remember. I can’t tell you when it was invented but I guess it would be a very long time ago. Even my grand-grandma remembered this soup. It is a very traditional meal in Slovakia.

Smoked Traditional Sauerkraut Soup

If you would go to Slovakia (which I highly recommend – not only because of the soup) and ordered some traditional meals you would get lots of ’em. And this Sauerkraut Soup would be a number one. Or two. I don’t know. But it is a big deal in Slovakia.

We absolutely love this soup! It’s just great for a fall rainy-days season, in winter, when you are sick with flu, when you want something sour…. Just best for many occasions. Lately, we ate this soup very often. And I gotta say (because I promised) that my Adam makes the best Sauerkraut Soup ever! Not even my mom or in a Slovakian restaurant make this soup so delicious as he does. I’m serious. Adam does not cook much, but when he does it’s absolutely worth it. And the Sauerkraut Soup is number one in his non-existing Cook Book. 10 points for Sauerkraut Soup 👍

All his recipes he makes just from scratch and his head. All the time he makes some new recipes. Never the same one because he can never remember his recipe. He never writes it down. Sauerkraut Soup is the only one that he remembers. But it took me a long time to get that recipe from him.

Smoked Traditional Sauerkraut Soup

If you would ever (by any tiny chance) go to Slovakia I would give you many suggestions and ideas on what to do in Slovakia. But for now, it would be 1. Visit High Tatras and 2. eat a Sauerkraut Soup 😉

Want other traditional meals of Slovakia? I don’t have all of them. But few.

Oh. And I almost forgot one important thing. This Sauerkraut Soup recipe is not 100% traditional. Because mine is a vegetarian version. A traditional one includes meat. And don’t ask me what kind of meat because I honestly don’t know. And now if some Slovak people would see my vegetarian version of Sauerkraut Soup they would literally think I’m crazy. Because for them a Sauerkraut Soup without meat is … hmm, what’s the word they would use? Rubbish? Something like that probably. But for me, even this version is delicious and yummy. Just give it a try and you won’t miss any meat in it.

Smoked Traditional Sauerkraut Soup

Smoked Traditional Sauerkraut Soup

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By Serves: 6 Cooking Time: 40 Minutes


  • 800g Sauerkraut (sour cabbage)
  • 250g Potatoes
  • 150g Tofu (silken tofu)
  • 1 Onion
  • 1/2 tsp. Cumin
  • Bay Leaf
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Powdered Soy Milk (or Milk Creamer)
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • pinch of Black Pepper



Add the sauerkraut into a big pot using all the liquids too. Add few bay leaves and water just to cover the sauerkraut. Bring it to boil. Cover the pot and simmer for about 30 minutes on a medium heat.


Cut the potatoes into small and cook them in another pot with cumin. Don't overcook them. They should be almost soft.


In a meantime cut the onion and tofu into small pieces. Preheat a non-stick skillet on a medium high heat. Add olive oil and tofu. Fry the tofu for a while. When the tofu starts to get a little brown add the onion and simmer for few more minutes. Lower the heat to minimum. Add the smoked paprika and 1 tablespoon flour. Stir constantly. Add a few drops of cold water. Stir well. Add more water and simply make a roux from the mixture.


After 30 minutes of cooking the sauerkraut add the potatoes into the pot with sauerkraut using the water from potatoes as well. Add the Tofu smoked paprika mixture into the pot. Gently stir everything well.


On the end add the powdered soy milk (or milk creamer), a pinch of black pepper, salt and simmer for the last few minutes.


You can enjoy the soup with home baked bread.


The best is to use homemade sauerkraut. It's more sour and delicious. If you don't have a homemade sauerkraut try to use as much sour sauerkraut as possible.

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