Pork and Sauerkraut Soup: Easy-to-Prepare Family Meal for Weight Loss Surgery Patients

By Brian K. Davidson, Sarah Krieger

Your family will love this traditional Polish meal. If your family has never eaten sauerkraut, this a great recipe to start with. Kids may need to try a food several times before they accept it, so don’t give up on sauerkraut (or any other food) after one or two attempts.

Slow-cooked Pork and Sauerkraut Soup is easy to make. During the last hour of cooking the soup, have the kids help prepare the mashed potatoes. The kids can peel the potatoes and you can cut them up. After the potatoes are cooked, have the kids help put in the butter and milk and whip them up using the mixer.

Menu:

  • Pork and Sauerkraut Soup
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Fresh apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon

See the following table for serving sizes:

  WLS Patient Kids Age 2 to 8 Older Kids and Adults
Pork and Sauerkraut Soup 1/2 to 1 cup 1/2 cup 1 cup
Mashed Potatoes 2 to 4 tablespoons 1/4 to 1/2 cup 1/2 to 1 cup
Fresh Apple Slices 2 to 4 slices 2 to 4 slices 8 slices
Milk No beverages with meals! 1/2 to 3/4 cup 1 cup

Pork and Sauerkraut Soup

Stage: Regular foods

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

1 pound pork loin, trimmed

1 cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon garlic powder

6 cups low-sodium chicken broth

One 14.5-ounce can sauerkraut, drained

2 cups mashed potatoes

  1. Put the pork, onion, basil, thyme, garlic powder, and broth in a medium pot. Bring to a light simmer, cover, and continue to simmer lightly for 2 hours.
  2. Remove the pork from the broth, and using 2 forks, pull it apart into small pieces. Return the pork to the pot. Add the sauerkraut and bring back to a simmer.
  3. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Serve 1 cup of soup over 1/4 cup warmed mashed potatoes.

To make prep easier, you can use the mashed potatoes from the refrigerator section or the deli at the grocery, or make them from mashed potato flakes.

Sauerkraut can be found on the shelf canned or jarred, or in a refrigerated jar. If you’re watching your sodium intake, check the labels. The sauerkraut in the refrigerated section, while still high in sodium, may be lower than the shelf products.

Per Serving: Calories 170 (From Fat 45); Fat 5g (Saturated 2g); Cholesterol 45mg; Sodium 590mg; Carbohydrate 15g (Dietary Fiber 3g); Protein 17g; Sugar 3g.