Sauerkraut Soup

Sauerkraut Soup from the traditional Viennese cuisine.


  • 250 g raw sauerkraut 
  • 1 onion 
  • ¼ l white wine (preferably Riesling)
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • 5 juniper berries 
  • 1 clove of garlic 
  • a little caraway seed, whole
  • 10 white peppercorns 
  • 1 ½ l beef soup or chicken stock
  • 1/8 l sour cream 
  • salt and pepper 


Rinse the sauerkraut carefully in a colander under running water, then let it drip off. Cut it up a bit and set aside. Lay the bay leaves, juniper berries, peppercorn, clove of garlic and the caraway on a cloth that can be boiled and tie up into a spice bag. Cut the bacon in small cubes – but keep one slice for each person aside; fry these slowly until crisp and use as a garnish.

Fry the remaining bacon slowly in a little oil, reduce the heat, add butter and finely chopped onions and slowly steam until soft. Pour in the white wine, let cook a few minutes. Now add the sauerkraut, spice bag and 1 ¼ oft he soup, season with salt and a little pepper and let simmer about 30 minutes.

In the meantime, mix 2 T cake flour the sour cream and add cream tot he remaining soup.