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  1. My wife had just returned from a hiking trip in Slovenia. The entire time, she sent pics of this soup and talking about how delicious it was. Finding this recipe, I figured it was about as close to what she had up in those mountains. She said the finished results was about as close to what she remembered, and now neither of us can stop eating it. Easy to make, huge flavor and healthy.






    1. Oh, I’m so happy you both love it! I’m glad that it’s very close to what she had around Slovenia. She would have seen some beautiful mountains and nature during her hiking trip, I’m sure 🙂

  2. I wanted to make something different for my wife so found this recipe. Am I ever grateful I did, the result was wonderful! I was able to use paprika I had grown and smoked, and also sauerkraut and tomato paste I had made and canned. I felt like I was eating directly from my garden. I can’t wait to harvest my potatoes and’s onions and make this again! A perfect home gardeners delight!!!!! I wish I could attach a photo to show off my results served in my handmade bowls.






    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Wes. I imagine it tasted even more spectacular with all your homegrown produce. There’s nothing more rewarding! I, too, wish I could see the beautiful handmade bowls you put them in. Unfortunately, the rating and comments section doesn’t have that functionality. You could share it on social media and tag Heartful Table? Thank you for your wonderful review 😊

  3. This Slovenian soup was a great dish. It looks just like in the article and the only change we did was to add some chunks of chicken Italian Sausage which made it very tasty. We will make it again for a quick dinner. We can see that it is real comfort food for that country.






    1. Hi Heather, so glad to hear you did! 😊 Next time, would you mind leaving a rating alongside your review? They really help us and readers who are thinking of making the recipe. Thank you! x

  4. Today was a snow day. I stumbled on this recipe. I love sauerkraut and beans but never had them together. I had all of the necessary ingredients. I used butter beans. I added an additional tablespoon of paprika and tomato paste. My husband and I really enjoyed it.






  5. I love this recipe! I just returned from visiting Slovenia, which I loved. I had this soup there on a chilly foggy day in Ljubljana and couldn’t wait to try making it. Made it last week and plan to make it again this weekend for company. Thank you!!!






    1. Oh, I’m so jealous! I would be there in a heartbeat if I could. I’m glad you love this dish, it’s such a comforting bowl of goodness. I hope the people you share it with also enjoy it 🙂 Thanks for the beautiful review!

  6. So delicious, Maša. Thank you, I really appreciate your recipes. It’s nice to be able to enjoy all the dishes again as a Vegan adult 🙂






  7. Tried recipes – insanely delicious
    Hi all, I’ve made the cabbage pasta and the sauerkraut and bean stew, and honestly it feels like I’m in the Balkans. Having been to Slovenia in 2019, this really takes me back to that special time. These really are beautiful dishes that are made with love. I’ve also made the African peanut stew, and is always a winner 🙂






    1. Tried this recipe this evening and it’s fabulous! So warm and homely with very few ingredients, and it has so much flavour!

      1. So glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating alongside your review? Star ratings really help us and readers who are thinking of making the recipe. Thank you!

  8. Made this loved it
    I love sauerkraut came across this looking for vegan recipes. Made it tonight but didn’t use potatoes. I also used cumin and curry instead of paprika, none the less was delicious!!!






  9. My husband’s grandparents are from Slovenia, and I’m always looking for food that reminds him of his summers with them in Pennsylvania. I’ve tried potitsa(sp) but failed. I’m anxious to try the sauerkraut and bean stew. We have been saving and growing beans from Slovenia for decades , but haven’t done much more than dry them, save them and regrow them. Happy to have found your site.

    1. Hi Myrna, how lovely! He’s lucky to have you 😉 Potica is something I haven’t tackled yet, but I can imagine it can be a bit tricky to master. It sounds like you have the perfect beans for this stew! It’s so easy to make and I hope you make it sometime soon 🙂

  10. Thank you for posting this recipe. I’m from Croatia although I haven’t lived there since I was a child. My mother used to make a very similar dish which she called “pasulj”. The only difference i can see is that she always used kidney beans but not the potatoes. I can’t wait to make it myself.

  11. I made this soup today. It was cold outside and the soup was delicious. Don’t skip the smoked paprika or any other ingredients. I used good sauerkraut and navy beans. A great addition to my cooking repertoire. Thank you!

  12. To me, this stew didn’t have much flavor before I added to it. It was good once I added vegetable bouillon and lots of spices like garlic, onion powder, more smoked paprika, and celery salt.






  13. So – I didn’t have quite all the ingredients (no onions, no tomato paste) but had a couple of other ones (mushrooms, diced tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes) and went ahead anyway. Great dish even in this adulterated form! I love sauerkraut and want to do more with it. Thanks!

  14. I always make your recipes and never knew you were from Ljubljana! My family is also from Slovenia. My grandmother just passed and I am going to make this tonight in her honour xx

    1. I’m so sorry for the slow reply Christina! I must have missed your comment. Sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you enjoyed this stew in her memory. What a small world, Slovenia is a beautiful country. Have you had a chance to visit?

  15. Hello
    Oh my goodness, I have been wanting to make this stew for some time. My parents came from Trieste and we had this winter soup when we were young. My brother was joking recently and asked when I was going to make some of mum’s zuppa with sauerkraut. I hope I can find some today. Thankful You posted this recipe.

  16. Made this tonight found the dry beans on amazon could not find them in stores or cans …. this was so good! My husband was skeptical with the sauerkraut but he said he can’t wait for left overs! Thank you!

  17. OMG it’s amazing!!
    Made it for the 2nd time today, just LOOOVE it! And my mom couldn’t believe there’s no meat in there 🙂






  18. I love sauerkraut, but I never thought about making it the main dish. I really need to try this as soon as I can get my hands on some sauerkraut. Thanks for the lovely recipe!