Recipe: Sauerkraut and White Bean Soup

This delicious and probiotic-rich soup can be made spicy by adding hot Italian sausage in place of ground pork. It can also be served cold with sour cream and cheese sandwiches for a very cultured summer lunch.


  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 3 cups small white beans – cooked, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced fine
  • White or red pepper
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • Sea salt
  • 2 cups fresh sauerkraut<


  1. In a medium pot over high heat, boil beans in the chicken stock; skim.
  2. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Add garlic, pepper, and uncooked ground pork.
  3. Cover pot and simmer 15 minutes, or until sausage is cooked through and there is no pink. Season with sea salt and more pepper to taste.
  4. Uncover soup, turn off heat, and cool completely. When soup has cooled enough that it doesn't burn your finger, add the sauerkraut. (Cooling preserves the live bacteria in the kraut).
  5. Ladle into bowls and serve immediately.

At A Glance

PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 45 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour
YIELD: Makes about 2 1/4 quarts.