One-Pot Wonders, Germany’s Soups and Stews

Coming home to the welcoming aroma of a steaming pot of richly flavored soup or stew has to be one of the most comforting experiences of the season. Winter’s short days and dreary weather leave our bodies craving warmth. Gently simmered soups and stews from Germany are the perfect winter comfort food.

Slow simmering is the secret to a perfectly-cooked pot of soup or stew, and it’s one of the most ancient forms of cooking. By simmering the ingredients slowly in broth or stock, flavors are gradually extracted and blended. The finished dish will invariably taste a little different every time it’s made, depending on the ratio of the ingredients and at what stage of cooking they are added. (Remember that when using meat or fish it is important not to allow the dish to come to a hard boil because that will cause the protein to take on an unpleasant rubbery texture.)

One pot dishes are usually quite simple and fun to prepare and provide great nourishment for the body and comfort to the mind. From a nutritional standpoint, most soups and stews have a balance of protein (meat) and healthy carbohydrates (potatoes, pasta), vitamins (vegetables) and minerals (stock/broth) that’s hard to beat. Another great thing about stews, especially, is that they usually taste even better the next day. So make sure to prepare enough to last.

Explore the world of German stews (Eintopf, or “one pot”) and soups (Suppe)

German Stews (Eintöpfe):

Pichelsteiner Topf

Kale Stew with Smoked Meat and Sausages (Grunkohleintopf)

Colorful Beef Stew

Goulash in a Ring of Mashed Potatoes

 

German Soups (Suppen):

Chervil Soup (Kerbelsuppe)

German Goulash Soup

Goulash Soup “Mathilde”

Zucchini Soup with Pumpernickel and Quark Toasts

Pumpkin and Salami Soup

Sauerkraut Soup

Split Pea and Sausage Soup

Zucchini Soup with Pumpernickel and Quark Toasts