A very loose recipe. I love sauerkraut and kim chee, but sometimes I don’t want to eat it cold. This soup is the perfect solution. For brevity’s sake, I’m just going to write sauerkraut, but, in most cases, kim chee can also be used. Remember that you only want to get to a gentle simmer. Boiling will kill the beneficial bacteria and enzymes in the sauerkraut. This makes a terrific meal with bread and cheese, or any kind of sandwich.

There are several ways to prepare this:

1. You can put some sauerkraut in a bowl and pour in hot (not boiling) broth or water.

2. You can heat broth or water to a gentle simmer, then add in the sauerkraut and heat through.

3. You can combine the broth or water and sauerkraut in a saucepan and heat to a simmer.

4. You can combine some broth or water and sauerkraut in a blender or food processor and purée to a desired consistency, transfer to a saucepan, add more broth or water, and heat up. For sauerkraut, you’ll probably want to remove the juniper berries first.

5. You can add some cooked potatoes or other cooked vegetables, cooked grain, tofu, tempeh, seitan, or cooked meat to the saucepan with the broth or water and sauerkraut.

6. You can serve the soup sprinkled with some croutons, grated cheese, fresh chopped herb, hot sauce, diced avocado, fresh chopped tomato…

I think you get the picture. This is really very good.