German Potato Dumpling Soup (Kartoffelknödel Suppe)

Warm up with a comforting bowl of German Potato Dumpling Soup, also known as Kartoffelknödel Suppe. This hearty and flavorful soup combines tender potato dumplings with a rich broth, creating a satisfying meal. Let’s dive into this traditional German recipe.


  • For the Potato Dumplings:
    • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and boiled until tender
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup semolina flour
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • Pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • For the Soup:
    • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
    • 1 cup diced bacon or ham (optional)
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 2 carrots, diced
    • 2 celery stalks, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 bay leaf
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Prepare the Potato Dumplings:
    • In a large bowl, mash the boiled potatoes until smooth.
    • Add the all-purpose flour, semolina flour, eggs, salt, and nutmeg (if using). Mix well until a dough forms.
    • Divide the dough into small portions and shape them into round dumplings.
    • Set aside the dumplings on a floured surface.
  2. Prepare the Soup:
    • In a large pot, heat a drizzle of oil over medium heat. Add the diced bacon or ham (if using) and cook until crispy. Remove from the pot and set aside.
    • In the same pot, add the chopped onion, carrots, celery, and minced garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are tender.
    • Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth and add the bay leaf. Bring the soup to a boil.
    • Gently drop the potato dumplings into the boiling soup. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 15-20 minutes until the dumplings float to the surface and are cooked through.
    • Remove the bay leaf from the soup. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    • Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the crispy bacon or ham (if using) and chopped fresh parsley.
  3. Serve the German Potato Dumpling Soup hot and enjoy its comforting flavors.

This traditional German Potato Dumpling Soup is a delightful combination of tender dumplings and savory broth. The dumplings add a hearty texture to the soup, while the vegetables and seasonings infuse it with robust flavors. It’s a satisfying dish that will warm you up on chilly days.

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