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Slow Cooker (or not) Oktoberfest Soup
with pretzels and mustard

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Can't make it over to Germany this fall? Not to worry - we're bringing Oktoberfest to your home kitchen with this savory, tart soup and pretzels on the side.
Smarts #1: Check on your slow cooker towards the end of the cook time on the soup and be sure it is simmering. You'll need the soup to reach a simmer in order to cook the alcohol out.
Smarts #2: If you can find gluten-free pretzel rolls or bread, serve that on the side, but crunchy gluten-free pretzels would also be fun and great for dipping in grainy mustard.
Cooking methods: This recipe includes instructions for using the slow cooker or stovetop. Select your preferred method.

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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Oktoberfest Soup:
  • Onions, medium - 1/2, diced
  • Carrots - 8 oz, peeled and chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Sauerkraut - 1 1/2 cups, drained and chopped
  • Sausage - 8 oz (preferably German-style like Bratwurst)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Potatoes, Yukon gold - 10 oz, cubed
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Coleslaw mix - 5 oz (sub shredded cabbage)
  • Stock, any type - 3 1/2 cups
  • Beer, any gluten-free - 3/4 cup (sub stock)
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 1 Tbsp
  • Bay leaf - 1
Pretzels with Mustard:
  • Soft pretzels or pretzel rolls, gluten-free - 4 (sub gluten-free crunchy pretzels)
  • Mustard, any variety - for serving

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Prep

  1. Onions / Carrots / Garlic / Sauerkraut - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Bratwurst - Remove casings. Crumble or chop bratwurst into bite-sized pieces. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Brown bratwurst - Heat oil in a skillet. Add bratwurst and saute until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Potatoes - Peel and cube potatoes.

  5. Slow cook soup - Combine onions, carrots, garlic, salt, sauerkraut, bratwurst, potatoes, coleslaw mix, stock, beer, vinegar, and bay leaf in the bowl of a slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 to 9 hours (or high for 5 to 6 hours).

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Make

  1. If using gluten-free pretzel rolls, warm them in the toaster or microwave.

  2. Return to soup and give it a good stir. Remove and discard bay leaf. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. You can stir in some extra apple cider vinegar if you’d like the soup to have a bit more tart flavor.

  3. Serve soup with pretzels and mustard on the side. Enjoy!

Prep

  1. Onions / Carrots / Garlic / Sauerkraut - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Bratwurst - Remove casings. Crumble or chop bratwurst into bite-sized pieces. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Potatoes - Peel and cube potatoes.

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven with oil over medium-high heat. Add bratwurst and saute until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add in onions, carrots, garlic, and salt and saute until onions are starting to soften, 5 to 6 minutes more.

  2. To Dutch oven add potatoes, sauerkraut, coleslaw mix, stock, beer, vinegar, and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer.

  3. Cover pan with a lid and reduce heat to maintain a low simmer. Simmer until potatoes are tender, ~20 minutes.

  4. If using gluten-free pretzel rolls, warm them in the toaster or microwave.

  5. Return to soup and give it a good stir. Remove and discard bay leaf. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. You can stir in some extra apple cider vinegar if you’d like the soup to have a bit more tart flavor.

  6. Serve soup with pretzels and mustard on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (51)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (5)
Vegetarian (8)

Most Helpful

Soup was good, but too heavy on the sauerkraut. Beer cheese was also good but way too much. We halfed it and it was perfect. Our grocery store doesnt sell soft pretzels so we made them from scratch using the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction "easy homemade soft pretzels" the pretzels were 5 stars and easily the highlight of the meal, but not a cooksmarts recipe. Would recommend cooksmarts include a pretzel recipe next time!

By: Caitlin
Posted: Oct 04, 2021
Diet: Original
2 Helpful

33 reviews

Loved this! I love sauerkraut so I was a big fan, but some people who are not as thrilled with it didn’t love the soup.

By: Paige
Posted: Mar 10, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

SO good! Just very different than any other soups but very flavorful and comforting. Pretzels and cheese sauce were also amazing! Definitely a favorite

By: Angela
Posted: Jan 12, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The soup is filling and delicious. I used pretzel rolls, but I think the beer I chose for the beer cheese gave the cheese sauce an odd flavor. (Shiner Bock) If I did this again, I'd either skip the beer or choose a different beer. I added extra coleslaw as I didn't want to have a small amount of coleslaw left over.

By: Caroline
Posted: Nov 24, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I didn't like the acidity of the soup.

By: Kimberly
Posted: Nov 09, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Such interesting flavor!

By: Markell
Posted: Nov 02, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

We loved this! I added a little extra sauerkraut because I did not want to store the remaining kraut. We loved the sour flavor!

By: Sara
Posted: Oct 19, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful