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German Potato Soup

by in Oct 1997
German Potato Soup
16 votes, 4.31 avg. rating (85% score)
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Yield: Serves 6 to 8 hungry people.

Flavored with onion, celery, and bacon, this comforting potato soup is made extra hearty with the addition of homemade egg noodles (rivels).

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  • 3 slices bacon
  • 3 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped fine (leaves OK)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • rivels (mixture follows)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter


Chop bacon fine and fry in a skillet until crisp and brown. Put the cooked bacon in a large saucepan and add potatoes, onion, celery, salt, and pepper. Cover with water and cook until vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes. Dribble the rivels into gently boiling soup, stirring constantly so they stay separate. Add milk and butter and cook 10 to 15 minutes more, or until rivels are done.

Rivels are little homemade egg noodles. They are good in beef and chicken stew, as well as in vegetable soups:

Pour 1 cup flour on a flat surface such as a cutting board. Make a well in the center, then pour in a slightly beaten egg to which 1 teaspoon salt has been added. Using your hands and a knife, work these 3 ingredients together into a noodle-type pastry. Knead once or twice, then chop it into small pea-size pieces.
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9 Responses to German Potato Soup

  1. Anonymous February 25, 2003 at 3:29 pm #

    This is a great recipe. My mother made this soup all the time when I was growing up. (She still makes it!) She would also add sliced hard boiled egg into the soup. If you like, you can also make it without the bacon, which is what I do and then add a spoon of butter. It’s a nice comfort food.

  2. Anonymous August 17, 2003 at 10:01 pm #

    It was just wonderful.

  3. Dee Vernille December 22, 2005 at 10:55 am #

    When I came across this recipe it was in Recipes with a History and had the name Spook Soup. The family made this soup at Halloween time to have when the children came home from getting their Halloween treats and the rivels in the soup were called little ghost. I made this soup and was very pleased at the outcome. It is the best-tasting Potato Soup I have ever eaten. Will make this many times over my lifetime.

  4. Anonymous March 30, 2006 at 9:32 am #

    My grandmother was Pennsylvania Dutch and born in 1895. This recipe was exactly like the potato soup she made. If you use 1 cup evaporated milk and 1 cup water as a substitute for the milk, it makes the soup a little richer. I also use freshly ground black pepper – a little more than this recipe calls for. Try it !

  5. Cheryl Lewis October 24, 2006 at 2:01 pm #

    I’ve made this soup many times, and it’s the best potato soup ever! My recipe was getting tattered from so much use, so I’m thrilled to find it online.

  6. Anonymous January 23, 2007 at 7:26 pm #

    This is the same recipe my grandmother made for me as far back as I can remember and which she taught me. It can’t be beat for flavor and being filling on a cold winter’s day. Plus it lends well to you adding your own personal touches and changes. Make it once and you will have a family favorite.

  7. Anonymous January 27, 2007 at 4:51 pm #

    My mom would make this on cold winter days to warm us up after a day outside. It’s also a great comfort food!

  8. Anonymous July 20, 2007 at 1:08 pm #

    We always had a fresh chopped onion to sprinkle on top along with a teaspoon of cider vinegar. The added crunch and tart taste was great. We had this nearly every day for lunch in the summer when I was growing up. This is a real comfort food.

  9. Anonymous January 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Try a little different flavor. Add a small amount of grated cheese (cheddar or mozzarella) in the bottom of bowl before adding soup.

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