Grandmother’s Ukrainian Kapusta (sauerkraut split pea soup)

By The Krautfather  

September 24, 2012

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1 package dried split peas

2 large jars sauerkraut (not Bavarian style)

2 cups chopped yellow or white onion

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

salt and pepper to taste


1Pour split peas into large bowl, cover with water plus 1", cover bowl with towel or plastic wrap, and let sit overnight to soften.

2Rinse split peas in colander and place in a large heavy pot and cover with water.

3Cover with lid and bring to a boil, then simmering until peas soften. Mash slightly with potato masher if needed.

4In a large frying pan, melt butter over medium heat and add chopped onion, sauteeing until transparent. Add drained rinsed sauerkraut and cook until heated through.

5Add sauerkraut to peas, stirring well and adding salt and pepper to taste.

6Let simmer on low heat for about an hour.

7This is really best made the day before you plan to serve it, as the flavors really intensify overnight.

8It's a good idea to add a bit of water if the soup sits longer than 24 hours as it tends to thicken slightly.

9Serve with a rich egg bread for dunking. Best served in shallow soup dishes as an appetizer.

10This is a traditional Christmas Eve dish in our family.


1these measurements, with the exception of the split peas and jars of sauerkraut, are estimated.

2You can add more onions or butter, salt and pepper. This makes quite alot, and freezes really well.

3Add a bit of water to reconstitute when thawed.


6 Reviews


September 25, 2018

Looked all over for this. Just like my mom’s. She would serve it with sauteed onion and butter drizzled on top.


June 22, 2017

perfect kraut soup


June 22, 2017

liked its taste and looks.


June 22, 2017

We had this again tonight at party. awesome


June 22, 2017

Absolutely scrumptious, tried last night, wont go back to the old recipe.


June 22, 2017

Perfect detailed recipe with kraut. A must have for your family dinner!

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