Don't say ewwwww just yet. I was not sure I was going to like this soup but now it is one of my favorites. This will awaken every taste bud you have.
Saute' a diced large onion in some bacon grease or olive oil.
This recipe makes a lot so cut it in half if you want less. Add 2 pounds of ground beef to the onions and brown it thoroughly.
Dice about 6 garlic cloves and add them to the pot.
Saute' until all of the pink has gone from the meat.
Add 1 large can of crushed tomatoes. I like to use Muir Glen Fire Roasted.
Add 28 ounces of sauerkraut with the liquid. I used some fresh sauerkraut I bought recently and some of my own which I had frozen. Add 1/4 cup of brown sugar.
Add 4 cups of chicken stock and 4 cups of beef stock.
I enriched the stock by adding 2 Knorr condensed chicken stock and 2 Knorr condensed beef stock containers.
I also sprinkled in some beef bouillon.
Add 5 bay leaves and some chopped up fresh herbs. I used some rosemary, thyme and sage.
Add 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce.
And a generous cracking of black pepper. Bring this to a boil and then turn down to simmer for about 1 hour.
Serve with a dollop of sour cream which gets mixed into the soup just before eating.
You will be as surprised as I was at how delicious this soup is. My whole family loved it.