Kaspusniak (Ukrainian Sauerkraut Soup)

What You Need:

-Pork Short Ribs -Water -Bay Leaves -Bacon -Yellow Onion -Carrots

-Potatoes -Sauerkraut -Salt -Ground Pepper -Dill


Add pork ribs to a pot along with bay leaves and water. Place a lid on top and bring the pot to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 45 minutes.

Cook Pork 


Meanwhile, chop bacon and cook in a skillet over medium heat for about 3 minutes to render some of the fat. 

Cook Bacon


Add onion (diced) and carrots (chopped) to the skillet with the bacon and continue to sauté over medium for 4-5 more minutes.

Add Carrots And Onion


Remove the pork ribs from the pot. Add the sautéed bacon and vegetables, potatoes, garlic, and sauerkraut, salt, and pepper to the pot. Place a lid on the pot and bring it to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender.

Add To The Pot


Meanwhile, cut the cooled pork ribs into small pieces.

Cut Pork


Remove the bay leaves, add the chopped pork ribs back to the soup, stir, and adjust the salt to taste, if you wish.

Add Pork Back


Serve the soup hot with some fresh dill, a dollop of sauerkraut, and some bread for dipping!

Stir And Serve

Ready to Make it?