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German Bavarian Herb Soup

Updated on February 12, 2015

Herb Soup

Germany Recipe of Herb Soup

This is a German recipe. Bitter herbs are traditionally eaten at Easter in Christian countries as a sign of penitence. The German tradition is to serve Bavarian soup on Easter Thursday, known as Maundy Thursday. This delicate fresh tasting soup can be part of the family meal for any time of the year.

The dominating flavor this herb soup is fresh chervil.


4 T butter

1 large chopped onion

1 lb mixed herbs (3 or more of these: chervil, dandelion, pimpernel, sorrel, spinach, watercress)

1 quart water or vegetable stock

1 large peeled and chopped potato (chop into small cubes)

salt, pepper or lemon pepper for taste

bread cubes for


Note: May substitute olive oil in place of butter for a healthier recipe, unless cutting back on fat is not your intention.


1. Wash the herbs, stripping the leaves from those stalks which are too woody. Then chop the herbs used.

2. Melt the butter in a deep pan and fry the onion gently until transparent.

3. Add the herbs and cook for a few minutes before adding the water or broth.

4. Next add the chopped potato to the soup.

5. Bring the herb soup to a boil. Turn down the heat to simmer for 20 minutes.

6. Mash the potato in the soup to thicken it a little. Add seasoning to desired taste.

7. Serve with bread croutons fried in butter or a light vegetable oil. (Butter taste best!) when the bread is sizzling hot, add it to the hot soup at the table.

4 Servings

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Garden Chervil

Health Benefits of Chervil

Chervil has been considered a diuretic, expectorant, and stimulant. It has been used against eczema and to lower blood pressure.

This special herb is a good source of vitamin C, carotene, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc.

Chervil may help with stomach disorders, such as mild stomach pains and it stimulates the digestive system.

This herb plant is best grown seeded in one place and transplanting can be difficult. Plant in a cool and moist location, otherwise it rapidly goes to seed. 


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    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thelma Alberts better start making it. :)

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      I love this soup. It´s so yummy. Thanks for reminding me about this. I have not eaten this for months.

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Soup is always good when you are snowed in.

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      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      Sounds tasty. I love a good soup, and this week we are snowed in, so it sounds especially good.

    • Truckstop Sally profile image

      Truckstop Sally 

      8 years ago

      Several others have mentioned your inclusion of Chervil - not a regular household herb. Thanks for broadening our horizons. I am sure our households will thank you too!

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks Becky.

    • Becky Puetz profile image

      8 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'll have to try this recipe. Excellent hub.

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thank everyone for their comments.

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      9 years ago

      This Bavarian soup sounds awesome - especially on a cold night I am thinking Sandy.

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      Darlene Yager 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Mmm! I might have to try this soup it even looks tasty.

    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Sounds wonderful! I'll save it for this fall!

    • katiem2 profile image

      Katie McMurray 

      9 years ago from Westerville

      I love soup and this herb soup sounds right up my alley, thanks :)

    • nancy_30 profile image


      9 years ago from Georgia

      This was an interesting recipe. Thank you for sharing.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I found something new here. I really like soup and your recipes looks delicious. Thanks for share with us. I believe we can make it. Good work, Sandy. As usual, I rate this Up!


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      Betty Reid 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Sounds easy and delicious. I've never tried potatoes as a soup thickener, but it makes a lot of sense.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Looks healthy and delicious!

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      9 years ago from Texas, USA

      Sounds delicious thanks for bringing this to my attention :)

    • anglnwu profile image


      9 years ago

      This soup looks delicious. I'm glad to learn about Chervil, never heard of it before and now, I'll be looking out for it. Thanks.


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