Seven Herb Soup (Modern)

Sieben Kräutersuppe
A celebration of spring herbs that's traditionally served in Germany on Maundy Thursday (Grendonnerstag), because of it's splendid green color.
Course Soup
Servings 6


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 shallots peeled and minced
  • 2 large leeks trimmed, washed and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 3 cups fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 cups mixed fresh chives, dandelion greens and sorrel
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dry mugwort
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth divided
  • 1/2 cup German Quark or crème fraiche
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot; add shallots, leeks and nutmeg and sauté on medium heat until shallots are translucent and caramelizing, about 10 minutes.
  • Add spinach, parsley, mixed herbs and 2 cups broth; turn heat to low, cover and cook 3 minutes.
  • Transfer this mixture to a blender or food processor and puree until very smooth. Return to pot and stir in remaining broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer and stir in Quark or crème fraiche, salt and pepper.
  • Turn off heat and stir in lemon juice. Ladle into bowls and serve.