October 12th, 2012

Sauerkraut Mushroom Soup (Shchi)

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Serves 6 to 8
Total time: 1 hour || Active time: 20 minutes

Sauerkraut Soup

You guys, Terry has a new book coming out! It’s called “Vegan Eats World” and it’s 300 international-inspired recipes. It’s out on October 30th but ready for pre-order now. This book is hardcover and full-color and errything, and I’m going to share a few recipes with you over the next week or so.

Last month on the Post Punk Kitchen facebook, we were talking soups and stews, and someone was reminiscing about a Ukranian sauerkraut soup they grew up with. I remembered that Terry had a recipe for it, so I thought that this would be the perfect one to start with.

OK, now Imma let Terry take it away!

“Sauerkraut soup? Believe it! Sauerkraut proves a robust and tangy base for this hearty, Russian-inspired, winter-cold-cutting soup that’s bursting with vegetables.”


~For the sauerkraut, shun the lifeless canned stuff in favor of the high-quality ’kraut sold in jars or plastic bags in the refrigerated section; even better, buy it in bulk (usually stocked in big barrels) in some Kosher or Eastern European markets.

~You’ll be using the juice so be sure to set some aside!


2 cups cremini mushrooms, stems removed and caps wiped clean

1 large leek, root and dry leafy ends trimmed, cleaned and finely diced

1 cup finely diced carrot

2 stalks celery, finely diced

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1/2 cup dry white wine (or vegetable broth)

2 cups diced parsnip or potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

6 cups vegetable broth

2 bay leaves

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional, but very good)

2 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano

2 1/2 cups sauerkraut, with juices

1/2 cup sauerkraut juice (or more vegetable broth)

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

A few twists cracked black pepper

For garnish:

Your favorite vegan sour cream (optional)

Chopped fresh dill or parsley


Slice mushroom caps in half, then slice the caps into quarters to create bite-size mushroom pieces. In a 4-quart soup pot over medium-high heat, sauté the leek, carrot, and celery in vegetable oil for 6 minutes. Stir in garlic and mushrooms and sauté for another 6 to 8 minutes, or until mushrooms have reduced in size and released most of their liquid.

Pour in the wine and simmer for 2 minutes, then stir in parsnip, vegetable broth, bay leaves, allspice, caraway seeds (if using), marjoram, sauerkraut, sauerkraut juice, and ground black pepper. Increase heat and bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat, stir occasionally and cover.

Simmer the soup for 35 to 40 minutes or until the parsnips are tender. Remove the bay leaves, turn off the heat and season with cracked black pepper and salt if necessary and garnish with parsley. Allow soup to cool 5 minutes before serving. Top each bowlful with a generous tablespoon of vegan sour cream.

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