Swabian Pancake Soup

This comforting soup is common across Germany, particularly in the Swabia region (Southwest Germany; also areas in the Alsace region and Switzerland). This simple soup contains pancake noodles that are placed into a bowl then topped with a flavorful, hot broth. The crepe-like noodles in this comforting soup are known as “Flaedlesuppe” in German. This tasty dish is typically served as a first course at weddings in the Swabia region of Germany or for lunch on a cold day.

If you’re short on time, you can easily make the pancake noodles in advance and refrigerate them for up to 3 days, or freeze them for up to two months.

Serve up a bowl of piping hot flaedlesuppe soup with some warm, crusty baguette with butter.



Servings: 4



1 carrot, finely diced

1 celery stalk, finely diced

2 green onions, finely diced

1 teaspoon olive oil

6 cups beef broth

1 bay leaf

50 grams all-purpose flour

Salt and pepper to taste

Pinch of nutmeg

1 egg, beaten

50 ml milk

Parsley for garnish




Add the diced carrots, celery, and green onion to a large pot with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Allow to simmer until the vegetables are slightly softened (approximately three minutes). Add the broth and bay leaf to the pot, bring to a boil, reduce, and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat.

While the broth is simmering, start on your pancakes. In a large bowl, combine the flour, egg, salt, and a pinch of nutmeg together. Once mixed, gradually add the milk, whisking constantly until a smooth dough has formed (this helps avoid lumps).

Heat a heavy pan and spray with a non-stick spray (e.g., PAM olive oil).

Cook the pancakes (like a crepe) in batches, adding dough to the middle of the pan and turning the pan quickly to create a thin layer of dough. Once one side of the pancake is brown, flip it over and cook the other side (approximately two minutes per side). Allow the pancakes to cool before cutting them into noodles and adding them into your soup.

Once the pancakes have cooled, roll them up tightly and cut into strips. Place noodles in a bowl and top with the hot broth. Serve immediately.


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