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Simple Bratwurst Soup

This bratwurst soup is loaded with potatoes, veggies, and a flavorful broth. It's simple to make, and you can definitely clean out the fridge with this recipe!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword brat soup, bratwurst potato soup, bratwurst soup, bratwurst vegetable soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 434 kcal
Author Natasha Bull


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 17.6 ounces Italian sausages crumbled (see note)
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 medium carrots peeled & chopped
  • 3 sticks celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large Russet potatoes peeled & diced
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Add the olive oil to a soup pot. Take the sausage meat out of the casings and crumble it into the pot. Cook it, over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has been released and the sausages start to brown/crisp up (took me about 8 minutes). You may need to turn the heat down a bit towards the end.

  2. If there's a lot of excess oil in the pan, spoon it out (you should have about a tablespoon or so of fat in there). Stir in the onion, celery, and carrots. Sauté for 5 minutes or so.

  3. Stir in the garlic and let it cook for about 30 seconds, then add the broth and water. Scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.

  4. Add in the potatoes and increase the heat to high. Bring the soup to a boil, then cover the pan with the lid slightly ajar and reduce the heat so it's simmering. Cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes and veggies are tender.

  5. Season with salt & pepper if needed.

Recipe Notes

  • Served 4-6 depending on how much people eat (and if you serve something like bread with it). 
  • I used a 5-pack of bratwurst sausages. Anything in the ballpark weight-wise will work.
  • Use low-sodium broth if you're sensitive to salt.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Nutrition Facts
Simple Bratwurst Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 434 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 1242mg54%
Potassium 946mg27%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 3487IU70%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.