This is a soup I have made before, but go back to it often as it is very yummy and super easy! It comes from The Taste of Home Casseroles, Slow cooker & Soups Cookbook. Today I made a few substitutions, but not many, and I only made a 1/2 batch. The full batch feeds 10-12 since the entire Army was not coming to dinner I felt 1/2 batch was plenty. I also changed up the preparation a tad, but have noted that so you can do it however you prefer, this is basically a put in pot and simmer soup so no big worries.
1 lb smoked Polish sausage – cut into 1/2 in. pieces (I had bratwurst so I used that)
5 med. potatoes – peeled and cubed
2 med. carrots – cut into 1/4in. slices
2 onions – diced
3 cans(14 1/2 oz. each) chicken broth
1 can (32 oz.) sauerkraut, rinsed and drained ( I used 1(14oz) can since I halved the recipe and I use all the liquid and don’t drain it.
1 can (6oz) tomato paste
* In a large soup pot combine the sausage, potatoes, carrots, and onions. Add the broth and bring to a boil, reduce heat cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Since I was using uncooked bratwurst I first browned my meat, removed it from the pan, added the veggies and sauteed them for a few minutes, returned the meat and then added the broth.
* Add the sauerkraut and paste mix well. Return the pot to boiling, reduce heat cover and simmer for 30 more minutes. Add more broth to thin out the soup if you desire. That’s it so simple and so good.