Ground Beef & Sauerkraut Pasta; Sauerkraut

I first had this when I was a child.

Well, not this recipe. There was no recipe.

Everybody’s mother that I knew made ‘Sauerkraut Hot Dish’ (I lived in the Midwest, we had Hot Dishes, not Casseroles.)

Everyone’s was different and often it was even different every time the same person made it. It was meant to use up the leftovers. The kraut came in large bags so there was almost always leftovers.

We had leftovers…..

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Ground Beef & Sauerkraut Pasta

This is a great way to use leftover sauerkraut or just to have some kraut!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta


  • 1 1/2 cups (7oz, 200gr) sauerkraut
  • 12oz (350gr) ground beef
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/3 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cup (4oz, 120gr) pasta, bite-size


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain.
  • Heat oil in large skillet.
  • Add carrot, onion, celery, paprika, and sauté 5 minutes.
  • Add beef and sauté, breaking it up as it browns.
  • Add kraut, beef broth, cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Stir in yogurt and keep warm.
  • When pasta is done, add to skillet, stir well to combine and serve.


Sauerkraut can be very salty, so taste it before adding it to any recipe / pan. Rinse with water if it’s too salty.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 624
  • Sugar: 12 g
  • Sodium: 991.7 mg
  • Fat: 17.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.5 g
  • Fiber: 8.3 g
  • Protein: 54.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 111 mg
Ground Beef & Sauerkraut

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I didn’t like sauerkraut as a child.

I have no idea why as I liked everything else that was sour: dill pickles, pickled anything else, lemons…

My mother had a rule that we had to finish what was on our plates before we could leave the table.

To my recollection I was the only one to experience this, and it only happened to me once, so it wasn’t a particularly punitive family rule.

I digress….

I was sitting at the table, by myself, with 2 spoonful’s of sauerkraut on my plate. The rest of the family was In the living room watching TV.

The dining room was adjacent to the living room, so I could see the family, but not the TV.

And they could see me.

It was a stand-off. I think I was about 5 at the time….

After about 2 hours my mother started reading a magazine (or something) and my big brother (about 12) walked past me, into the kitchen. On his way back he dropped something (?) that went under the table.

While he was under the table he told me to feed him the kraut, which I promptly did.

2 bites.

He then stood up and announced that my sauerkraut had been eaten and I could join the family. My mother came over, looked at my now clean plate, and agreed.

I’m sure we fooled her.

I have no idea if he remembers that but I’ve never forgotten.

I love sauerkraut and have ever since that day.

4 thoughts on “Ground Beef & Sauerkraut Pasta; Sauerkraut”

  1. Didn’t you tell me you couldn’t get sauerkraut there? Are you making your own? I have about 6 jars left from my 30 or so that I put up two years ago. I’ll make it again this year though I can mine. I am not of the ‘probiotic’ crowd that insists canning it kills everything good in it. It certainly doesn’t kill the taste or shelf life and I’m not making it every week so there’s that. I’m making prime rib soup for Sunday dinner. Sometimes, I put sauerkraut in it, sometimes I don’t. This might be a ‘do’ time 🙂

    What a lovely brother! I have no siblings so that’s a wonderful story.

    • Must have been something else – we can’t get corned beef but sauerkraut is very French – Alsace is known for it’s choucroute garni – sauerkraut with all sorts of pork bits. I haven’t tried making it – maybe this year.

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