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Knoephla Soup, served in a bowl with bread
Serving Size
Serving Size:
One cup

Knoephla Soup

Recipe Type

Our take on a classic German soup.




  • ¼ cup butter, unsalted
  • 6 cups baking potatoes (about 3 large), peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup onion (about 1 small onion), diced
  • ¾ cup celery, diced
  • ¾ cup carrot, diced
  • ½ teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 6 cups chicken broth

Knoephla (dumpling) recipe:

  • ¾ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¾ cup white flour
  • 7 tablespoons whole milk, or more as needed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon salt


Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Saute potatoes, carrot, celery, onion and pepper until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir 3 c. milk into potato mixture and heat until almost boiling, about five minutes. Remove skillet from heat. In separate pot, bring chicken broth to a boil.

To make knoephla (dumplings): Combine whole-wheat and white flour, 7 tablespoons milk, egg, dill, parsley, salt and pepper. Add more milk a tablespoon at a time until dough is stiff. Roll dough into 1/2-inch-thick ropes. Cut ropes into 1/4-inch pieces with a knife or kitchen shears. Drop pieces into boiling broth. Cover pot and reduce heat to simmer until knoephla begin to float, about 10 minutes. Stir potato mixture into broth and knoephla. Simmer until potatoes are tender.

Dietary and Nutrition


Potatoes are a nutrient-rich food that can be prepared in a wide variety of ways. A medium-sized red potato (about 3 inches in diameter) with skin has 150 calories, 0.3 grams (g) fat, 4 g protein, 34 g carbohydrate, 3.6 g fiber and 38 milligrams sodium. Additionally, potatoes are an excellent source of potassium and vitamin C, and they provide many other vitamins and minerals.

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This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.