German Potato Soup (Kartoffelsuppe) #SoupSaturdaySwappers

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Wendy invited us to use potatoes, with the prompt: "February is national potato month and national sweet potato month. Let's celebrate by sharing a soup or stew that features potatoes."

See all of our soups utilizing the potato today: 

This is a wonderful soup! Packed full of tender vegetables, a lovely tomatoey broth, and I loved how the bacon infuses the broth with that fantastic flavor. 

This makes a perfect light meal; serve it up with some crusty bread to sop up the broth to make it a little more substantial, or some crackers if preferred. If you want to add protein, you could add just about anything to it and I think it would work well - from ground beef to shredded chicken. It's a delicious and flavorful soup! 

German Potato Soup (Kartoffelsuppe)

8 ounces bacon, diced
1 large onion, chopped
1 TBS minced garlic (jarred)
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced into bite sized pieces
1 large leek, sliced and thoroughly washed
3 carrots, peeled and diced
1 (14-oz can) petite diced tomatoes
6 cups quality chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (more to taste)
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)

  1. In a large soup pot, sauté the bacon pieces until they are crispy and fat is rendered. Reserve 2 TBS of bacon grease in the pot, and discard or remove the rest and save for another use.
  2. Sauté the onion in the grease for about 5-6 minutes, or until it begins to caramelize and become tender, then add the garlic and sauté another minute.
  3. Add in all remaining ingredients, except the fresh parsley. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasonings as desired (salt will depend on the broth used).
  4. Discard bay leaf and serve with a sprinkling of fresh parsley, if desired.
Recipe adapted from Daring Gourmet


  1. Rebekah, this looks so warming and delicious. I think I'll have to try this soon.

  2. Any soup with bacon and potatoes is a soup I want to be eating for dinner! Sounds delicious!

  3. So many delicious flavors in the ingredient list! I can't wait to try this soup.

  4. Absolutely packed with flavors and this is a great comforting soup with a garlic toast.

  5. This soup sounds amazing Rebekah. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  6. The bacon makes this special. I love all the vegetables!

  7. Pure comfort food, looks amazingly delicious!

  8. I love the ingredients in this. Bacon is good in almost everything, anyway.


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