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German Potato Soup | Kartoffelsuppe

This creamy German potato soup is a great supper made right in your slow cooker. Simple, filling and delicious!

German Potato Soup - a Slow Cooker recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

When we lived in Germany many years ago, my husband had been visiting with the neighbors, when the neighbor came to see me. The smell wafting from her apartment was incredible, and my hubby had tasted the source of that heavenly scent. It was this soup, and she had come to give me this German potato soup recipe.

I have altered it a little since she gave it to me, but I love the tanginess the leeks and cabbage give this soup.

To begin, dice up an onion, 2 leeks (cut then wash) and 4 carrots.

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Next you’ll shred, or finely cut up 2 cups of cabbage. About 1/4 of a head.

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Toss those in your crockpot.

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Cut up 3 pounds of Russet potatoes. I only “sort of” peel them. Cut them into 1 inch pieces, and toss them in the crockpot as well.

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Now for some seasonings. Add in 1/2 a teaspoon of Nutmeg, a teaspoon of fresh ground Black Pepper, a teaspoon of Salt, a tablespoon of Parsley, and a teaspoon of Caraway Seeds.

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Stir it all together.

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Pour in 4 cups of Beef Broth

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And add a Bay Leaf

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Put the lid on, and let this cook on low 7-8 hours.

After it has cooked, you are going to remove the bay leaf, and then take an immersion blender and give it just a couple “buzzes.” If you don’t have an immersion blender, use a potato masher, and mash a little of the contents. This gives the broth a little body.

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Stir in a half cup of Sour Cream.

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For the final touch, cook up a few slices of bacon, until crispy. Cut or crumble them into pieces and use the bacon to top the bowls of soup.

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And Enjoy!

German Potato Soup - a Slow Cooker recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

In this video, I took you through the process of making the German Potato Soup.
This is an easy slow cooker recipe that is filled with all sorts of great vegetables. It has almost no added fat, making it incredibly healthy as well as delicious. I also shared the tip for cleaning leeks.

Let's Cook! German Potato Soup & How to Clean Leeks
German Potato Soup

German Potato Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

This is an easy slow cooker recipe that is filled with all sorts of great vegetables. It has almost no added fat, making it incredibly healthy as well as delicious.

Ingredients

  • 3 lb Russet potatoes
  • 4 c beef broth
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 leeks, diced and rinsed
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 2 c chopped/shredded cabbage
  • 1 Tb dry parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled/cut

Instructions

  1. In a crock-pot, combine everything except the sour cream and bacon. Stir and cover. Cook on low heat in your crock-pot for 7-8 hours.
  2. After it has cooked, you are going to remove the bay leaf, and then take an immersion blender and give it just a couple "buzzes." If you don’t have an immersion blender, use a potato masher, and mash a little of the contents. This gives the broth a little body.
  3. Stir in a half cup of sour cream.
  4. For the final touch, cook up a few slices of bacon, until crispy. Cut or crumble them into pieces and use to top the soup.
  5. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 22mg Sodium: 1241mg Carbohydrates: 60g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 14g
Nutritional Disclaimer: Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and estimated by a service called Nutritionix. That is a web-based nutritional calculator and is not guaranteed to be accurate. If the nutritional information is vital to you please verify it using your favorite trusted source.

7 thoughts on “German Potato Soup | Kartoffelsuppe”

  1. Love this recipe! Made it tonight with Mexican Crema instead of sour cream and left the leeks raw as a side dish. The cooked onions and chicken broth versions have never tasted right to me. I’ve always used this version.

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  2. I love potatoes, bacon, cabbage, sour cream and soups of all kinds so I couldn’t wait to try this recipe. I even bought my first crock pot (although I’m sure I could’ve done it on the stove top.) Unfortunately, this was the weirdest tasting soup I ever had. There is no way it’s going to get eaten and it breaks my heart to waste a whole bag of organic potatoes, not to mention the bacon! I’m also wondering why it’s called soup, because after you mash up some of the potatoes, there really isn’t anything left you could call broth – it’s more like a thick, chunky porridge which is not very appetizing, either. I’m sorry – I really thought I’d love this. :-( BTW, I followed the recipe to a T. No alterations.

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    • I’m sorry you didn’t like this one Marianne. The leeks give this a very unique flavor, and are probably an acquired taste :). Generally when I do the mashing, I just blend in enough to thicken the soup.

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  3. Conni, I think I need to change the name of my blog to the Foodie Navy Wife! I love your name. This is a post after my own heart- we're stationed near Stuttgart right now and I have fallen in love with German Kartoffelsuppe. I'm giving this a shot tonight. I don't quite have all of the ingredients and it's raining buckets here (German fall, after all) so I'm just using what I have, but with your recipe as a great framework I'm sure it will be great!
    My recent post Red Lentil and Tomato Soup

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    • Awww, I love it! My husband was an army brat as a child, and was actually born in Stuttgart! Absolutely give it a try – recipes aren't concrete rules – they are foundations to be built upon ;)

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  4. I grew up with German Potato soup. Totally different. Its best if you brown bacon and onions them build from there. Add celery Red potatoes and pasta. U also add a beef sausage and I use chicken broth. All all to crock pot. That is how my mother and grandmother made German potato soup was made. Where did you get this recipe?

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