A substitute for stuffed cured cabbage leaves (sarma) this unstuffed hearty soup is stuffed (pun intended) with the same great flavors.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 1hour15minutes
Total Time 1hour30minutes
½poundsmoked slab of bacon
1poundPolish Kielbasa (or another smoked sausage)
4-5black whole peppercorns
2tablespoonsoil or pork lard
3cupswaterplus more if needed
Salt and pepper to taste
Rinse sauerkraut and leave in a colander to drain. Dice bacon and onion, mince the garlic and slice the sausage.
Cook onion and bacon in oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until lightly browned. Add the sausage and cook until edges start to brown. Add ground beef and cook, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Do not allow the beef to brown.
Stir in sauerkraut, garlic, bay leaves, peppercorns, and paprika. Add one cup of water, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
Stir in tomato paste and remaining water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat. Add rice, cover and simmer for another 30 minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
~ Free Tip ~Taste before adding salt as sauerkraut, bacon, and sausage are naturally salty.