This hearty Czech soup will keep you warm all winter long. It tastes smokey, paprika, tangy and just plain scrumptious! For a vegan version check the “Notes” section.
- 1 lb. package of sauerkraut (jarred may also be used)
- 2 klobasa sausages, cut into bite-size slices or pieces*
- 1 extra large potato, peeled and cubed or cut into even-sized pieces
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
- 1 large dried bay leaf
- 2 tbsp sweet paprika
- 1 tsp whole caraway seed
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- large pinch of ground cayenne pepper, optional
- 4 cups of water**
- sour cream to top soup
1. Drain the sauerkraut, then place in a large bowl and cover with water, set aside. In a large pot heat the oil, add the onion and potatoes and saute until the potatoes are soft and onion translucent. Next add the sausage and garlic, cook for another 3 minutes. If the sausage releases a lot of oil drain most of it out. Add the bay leaf and caraway seed to the pot, cook for 2 minutes. Next add the smoked paprika, cayenne, black pepper and water, give the ingredients a stir.
2. Drain the sauerkraut and add to the pot — gently to prevent splashing. Cover and simmer the soup for 45 minutes or as long as desired. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.
*If Czech klobasa is not available, then substitute with other paprika spiced sausage or Polish kielbasa. If a paprika based sausage is not available, please add one more tablespoon of paprika to the pot.
**Instead of water you may use either vegetable or chicken broth for more flavor.
!Make it vegan:
To make this soup vegan/vegetarian replace the klobasa with a vegetarian/vegan sausage. You will also need to add the extra tablespoon of paprika and 1 tablespoon of smoked in total using three tablespoons. Instead of sour cream you can use a vegetarian/vegan cream or yogurt.