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Kapusta (Kapustnica) Sauerkraut & Potato Soup

Just the thing for a cold winter supper. Slovak in Origin but a favorite everywhere. My Polish Neighbor made this every Saturday. This is my own variation…
Difficulty: Easy
Cuisine Eastern European, German
Keyword Favorite, Pork
Method Stove Top
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • Large Soup Pot
  • Small Frying Pan


  • 2 Lb Bag Shredded Sauerkraut - Well Rinsed
  • 1 ½ Lb Russet Potatos - Peeled & Cubed
  • 1 Pkg Polish Kielbasa - sausage 14oz
  • 1 Can Mushroom Pieces - 8oz drained
  • 1 Medium Onion - Chopped
  • 3 Tbs Butter
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbs Hungarian Paprika - Add at end
  • 12 Peppercorns - White or Black
  • 6 Bay Leaves


  • Thoroughly rinse Sauerkraut
  • Peel & cube Potatoes
  • Chop Onion and sauté in small frying pan with Butter until soft then put into large soup pot.
  • Slice Kielbasa into 1/2” slices and brown in frying pan with Butter left from Onions. Place into Soup Pot. Add Sauerkraut, Mushrooms & Potatoes plus just enough Water to cover.
  • Deglaze frying pan with dash of water and add to Pot.
  • Put Peppercorns and Bay leaves into a Cheesecloth bag, tie off and add to Pot.
  • Bring to Boil for 20 minutes
  • Reduce heat and Simmer, covered, for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until potatoes are desired softness. (Some prefer potatoes to completely fall apart.)
  • 10 minutes before it’s done, remove Spice Bag, add Paprika and stir well to blend in.

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