Pressure Cooker Sauerkraut Soup

I’m sure it’s authentic somewhere!

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This is one of those times I started searching for one thing, and a few hours and a couple hundred clicks later, I found myself wanting, no needing, to make Sauerkraut Soup. How a search for Potato Soup ultimately led to this, I am not sure, but I must say I am happy I stumbled upon this. Even though it turned out to be pretty warm the past couple days (as I predicted in my last post), this soup wasn’t so heavy that it was difficult to eat in such conditions, unlike the creamy potato soups that originally started my search.

And, it goes exceptionally well with beer, so that helped alleviate the warm weather issue!

Sauerkraut soup is popular in a lot of places, particularly areas of Eastern Europe, including Polish Kapusniak, German (such as this one from Heidi Klum), Russian Shchi, and even from the US Midwest.

They vary in the meats used, some using beef, some pork and some with multiple meats. Some use only sauerkraut, some a combination of sauerkraut and fresh cabbage.

My primary goal for my version was to follow the Three E’s – Effortless, Economical and Expeditious. And I think I succeeded, if I do say so myself. Using relatively inexpensive Kielbasa as the protein, and just 8 minutes under pressure take care of the economical and expeditious elements. Except for a little minor chopping and sautéing, most of the elements are just dumped in the pressure cooker, which covers the effortless aspect.

Sauerkraut Soup Ingredients

A pound of sausage would be fine, but I used 12 ounces because that seems to be the only size package that I can find around here. I used a 28 ounce jar of sauerkraut, you can use as much as a quart, or less if you would like your soup to be a bit more liquid.

Start by chopping the onion and potato. Run the garlic through a press. Cut the kielbasa in half lengthwise, then slice.

Sausage Chopped

Since I used the InstantPot, these instructions are for that, but it can easily be adapted to another electric or a stovetop cooker. I would keep the same time for whatever method you choose.

Using the sauté setting on medium, heat the oil.

Toss in the onion, sausage and garlic together. Cook until the onion starts to become translucent.

Dump in the potato, paprika, caraway seeds and tomato paste. Stir everything together.

Veg and Potato

Cook for another minute or so.

Add 5-6 grinds of black pepper and about a 1/2 teaspoon of salt (you can adjust this later, the amount needed will vary depending on your sausage and sauerkraut.

Dump in the sauerkraut (including the liquid).

Adding Sauerkraut

Pour in the chicken stock.

Stir in two tablespoons brown sugar (you can add more later if necessary, depending on how sour your sauerkraut is) and a tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce.

Toss in the two bay leaves.

Before Pressure

Turn off the sauté mode and place the top on the pressure cooker.

Turn the cooker to “soup” mode and set the timer for 8 minutes

InstantPot Soup Mode

When time is up, let pressure release naturally for ten minutes, then do a quick release.

When pressure is completely released, remove the top.

Give it a taste and adjust the salt and brown sugar as necessary.

Soup Finished

Serve topped with sour cream (I highly recommend that you don’t skip this, it adds a lot to this soup) and a little fresh dill.

Rye Bread

With some good buttered rye bread on the side, this makes a complete meal.

Pressure Cooker Sauerkraut Soup
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Eastern European
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Serves: 6-8 servings
Sauerkraut Soup with Potatoes and Sausage - Yum!
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 package (12-16 ounces) Kielbasa cut in half lengthwise then sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Hungarian paprika
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 4-5 medium potatoes (about 1-1/2 pounds), cut into ½-3/4 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 jar (28-32 ounces) sauerkraut
  • 2 heaping tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 quart low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in pressure cooker pot (if using electric PC, use sauté or brown mode on medium)
  2. Sauté onion, garlic and sausage until the onions start to get translucent
  3. Add paprika and caraway seed and sauté for another couple minutes
  4. Add a couple grinds of black pepper
  5. Add in the potatoes
  6. Drop in 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  7. Stir everything together
  8. Pour in the chicken stock
  9. Add the brown sugar and Worcestershire Sauce and give it a stir
  10. Toss 2 bay leaves on top
  11. Place top on pressure cooker and turn heat to high (for electric PC, turn off sauté/brown mode, place top on PC and set for high pressure on "soup" mode)
  12. Set timer for 8 minutes
  13. When time is up, let pressure come down naturally for ten minutes, then do a quick release
  14. Serve in bowls topped with sour cream and a little fresh dill

 

Sneak Peek – Sauerkraut Soup

Sauerkraut, potatoes, kielbasa. All the basic food groups. 

Sauerkraut Soup Ingredients

If all goes as planned, this recipe will be up this weekend. Of course, if history is any indication, by the time I get this tasty, warming soup ready to serve it will be 90 degrees outside again (but if the forecast can be trusted it will only be around 80 or so).

If my experimentation over the next couple days pays off, check back on the weekend for my recipe for Pressure Cooker Sauerkraut Soup!

Pressure Cooker Oktoberfest Recipes

The Dreaded Clip Show Syndrome

I guess this post is the blog version of the TV “clip show”. You know, the cop-out shows in which something happens, such as our protagonist getting hit on the head with a bowling ball causing amnesia (I hate it when that happens), which necessitates the relating of various past episodes (and being able to use already shot footage), therefore jogging the memory of our hero until at the end his memory is completely restored and ready for more zany hijinks the following week.

Hmmm, I think I got a little off track here. What I really am trying to do, after noticing that the past couple days, people have been visiting my site after searching for Oktoberfest recipes. Since I have a few recipes that are perfect for the occasion, I thought it would be helpful to put links for them all in one spot.

Geniesst!

Pressure Cooker German Potato Salad

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What better to go with your giant beers than this tasty and bacon-y german potato salad.

Pressure Cooker Sausage and Sauerkraut

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Quick sausage and sauerkraut, although you will need to spare a little of your beer for the pan!

Pressure Cooker Currywurst

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A party-ready European street food fave!

Pressure Cooker Rouladen

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Though a little more labor-intensive, this traditional German favorite will be the hit of your Oktoberfest party!

Pressure Cooker Sauerbraten

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A quicker take on the Deutschland fave, without  the multiple day (or week) marinating!

Happy Oktoberfest, Everybody!

Oktoberfest, Pressure Cooker Style

‘Twas the last day of Oktoberfest and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even Klaus.
We were all nestled all snug in our beds, while spaetzle and bratwurst danced in our heads.
In the morning, well rested, we’ll head out of here, down to the ‘garten, for sausage and bier!

Ok, perhaps I’m no Longfellow, but that piece of poorly-executed prose was just meant as an introduction to my Oktoberfest dinner last weekend (using the pressure cooker, of course).

After reading that last Sunday was the last day of Oktoberfest in Germany (in Germany, Oktoberfest actually takes place in September), I had a sudden craving for sausage and sauerkraut. So I headed for Whole Foods, where I knew that while not exactly healthy, I could at least get sausages with no nitrates. I ended up with kielbasa, which I know is not German, but is quite tasty nonetheless.

I also picked up a jar of sauerkraut (I swear I’m going to try making my own some day) and some potatoes. This was going to be the inaugural voyage for my brand new Fissler Vitaquick 4.2-liter pressure pan.

I felt a sense of guilt as I drained the sauerkraut of its juice, but the feeling was soon quelled as I replaced it with beer.

Here’s the basic recipe:

1 package 12-16 oz.kielbasa (kielbasa is generally fully cooked, if you use a raw sausage, some adjustments would have to be made.)

1 jar sauerkraut
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 bottle beer (I used a dark German beer)
2 tsp. caraway seed
1tsp. dry mustard
fresh ground pepper

Drain the sauerkraut. You can rinse if you like, but I didn’t want to rinse the “sour” flavor off, I just wanted to get rid of the liquid since I would be adding more liquid.

Brown the sausage in the pressure cooker in a little butter or oil. Remove to a plate.

Add onion and saute until soft

Add sauerkraut to pressure cooker, then pour in the beer (about 12 ounces), the beer I used was 1/2 liter, so I only used around 3/4 of the bottle.

Add in mustard and caraway. I used 2 tsp caraway, but since the pressure cooker seems to intensify the flavor of the caraway, you may want to use less. I know some people find caraway quite strong (think rye bread).

Put on the lid and bring to full pressure for 7 minutes.

Let pressure neutralize naturally, open and serve!

Oddly enough, we ended up having this with some red wine rather than beer.
I also prepared some potatoes simultaneously utilizing the other pressure cooker, which I will cover in another post.