Hearty German Potato Soup (Crock Pot easy!)

I found a recipe last Fall in my Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook for German Potato Soup.  I was looking for a potato leek soup to use some aging leeks.  This recipe appealed to me because it had cabbage, which meant I could substitute in the lactino kale and it didn’t require me to purée anything into a smooth soup.

  • I like to quarter the leek then slice it into 1/4" slices.

    I like to quarter the leek, then slice it into 1/4″ slices.

    1 onion, chopped

  • 1 leek, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 c. lactino kale, 1/4″ slices
  • 4 c. beef broth
  • 1.5 lbs potatoes, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 t caraway seeds
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1.5 lbs smoke pork, 1/2 inch cubes

Combine all above ingredients in crock pot, cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours.

When the vegetables are tender, remove the bay leaf.  With a slotted spoon, remove most of the potatoes and mash them in a separate bowl.  Add the mashed potatoes back to the crock pot and add :

  • 1/2 c. sour cream

and mix thoroughly.

This recipe is great because you can substitute freely.  The first time, I used kale and left over beef roast.  This time, I used Swiss chard (greens and those lovely yellow and red stems) and left over smoked pulled pork from the weekend.  Add corn bread goldfish, and we had a festive Christmas Eve dinner.

IMG_1705The original recipe had bacon and parsley,  ingredients I did not have in my house that day.  This was a great clean out the crisper recipe.  Mashing the potatoes and adding them back gave the soup a heavier, smooth texture and the sour cream added the extra wow! factor (and is probably what makes it “German” potato soup).

As an added bonus, I bet you could slip some cubed turnips in there and no one would notice! 😉

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About csamom

Living in Eastern Washington State for the past 15 years, I appreciate the wonderful produce we have available here. I am a working mom, with the typical active family. We have two children, a cat, a fish, and a snake.
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2 Responses to Hearty German Potato Soup (Crock Pot easy!)

  1. Looks hearty and just right for this cold weather!

  2. Kirsten says:

    My kids would notice the turnips. They always notice the turnips.
    I work with a German gal, and she brought lunch the other day–a beef and sauerkraut . . .stew or soup type thing, with some sort of tomato sauce base. We ate it with a spoonful of sour cream and a sprinkle of shredded cheddar, with a piece of German rye on the side. Delicious! I was thinking that would get my kids to eat sauerkraut–but now I’m thinking of adding some potatoes to it . . . maybe a scoop of mashed in the center . . .
    Thanks for a new recipe and some further inspiration!

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