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Bratwurst Soup

I came up with this recipe one day when I had some leftover bratwurst. It has been a favorite of my husband's ever since and is requested whenever the guys are hanging out. —Anna Miller, Churdan, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1 pound uncooked bratwurst links, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 12 slices American cheese


  • In a Dutch oven, cook and crumble bratwurst with onion and carrot over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain.
  • Stir in beans, jalapeno, pepper and broth; bring to a boil. Whisk together flour and 1/2 cup milk until smooth; stir into soup. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, about 5 minutes. Gradually stir in remaining milk. Add cheese; cook and stir over low heat until melted.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 468 calories, 25g fat (11g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 1322mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 6g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • Chet
    Feb 9, 2021

    I'm a huge fan of brats so when I came across this recipe I had to try it and I absolutely loved it. My wife and three daughters, ages 10/14/16, weren't interested for a variety of personal preference reasons. I wasn't mad it simply meant for me! I will definitely be making this again soon and often.

  • Randy
    Dec 9, 2020

    OK firstly what is leftover brats, never heard of such a thing :-) I will definitely give this a try, I make Cowboy Candy alllllll the time and it's great on brats, so I know it will go great here as well. Thanks for the recipe, I'll report back later

  • joycerm53
    Jul 2, 2020

    Very good! I made the recipe as written except I left out the jalapeños- did not have any. Will make this again. Joyce Moynihan. Volunteer Field Editor

  • Moira
    Jan 10, 2019


  • randcbruns
    Jan 8, 2019

    Made this exactly as listed, turned out great! Was a hit with the family. We’ll try it with different flavors of brats next.

  • amehart
    Dec 18, 2018

    Absolutely delicious! Didn't have Navy beans so used cannellini beans and a little more jalapenos as we love things spicy. Will definitely be making this often.

  • Bill
    Nov 20, 2018

    Made this Bratwurst Soup close to the listed recipe and it was good. I was surprised how creamy the soup was. Only modifications I made were I only had about 5 pickled jalapenos which I diced, didn't have navy beans, so I diced a small potato and par boiled it and a pinch of caraway seed which was added just prior to when the broth was added. I used deli sliced American Cheese.

  • G Gordon
    Feb 3, 2018

    It was GREAT !, Yes, I did alter it a bit. I reduced the pepper and added Tabisco - Chilpote flavor - 1/4 teaspoon.