Celebrate Oktoberfest with this creamy kartoffelsuppe german potato soup recipe and it’s made quick and easy in only 15 minutes with the Instant Pot! Optional vegan instructions are included.
I’m partying it up this year with a group of my fellow food bloggers for Oktoberfest Bash 2017! We’ve got the ultimate list of recipes for the best Oktoberfest around.
My contribution to the big bash is this kartoffelsuppe German potato soup. A healthy, creamy, easy potato soup that can easily be made vegan (it’s a dairy free recipe!) and checks off every box for an easy dinner because:
Making Creamy Kartoffelsuppe German Potato Soup
To make an exceptionally flavorful Instant Pot soup, use the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. All of my veggies for this recipe came from an organic local farm and really gave the soup an amazing depth of favor. I also used the farm’s all natural, grass-fed beef wieners and they definitely kicked the soup up a tasty notch!
I’ve haven’t been to Germany yet (unfortunately), but when I was doing research on how to make a traditional kartoffelsuppe German potato soup, I came across many recipes where it was thinner in consistently. I prefer a thicker soup and used 4 cups of water in my recipe for the photos. I would recommended using 5 cups of water for a thinner soup.
How to Clean Leeks
Leeks are one of my favorite vegetables and I could (literally) eat them every day. Not surprisingly, most people shy away from them because they think they are too hard to clean. I’m here to tell you, they aren’t hard to clean AT ALL!!
All you do is cut off the leek’s dark green parts and the root end, cut them lengthwise down the middle, then cut into 1/2 inch moon slices. Put the leek slices in a large bowl of water and mix them up in the water with your hands, separating the pieces to get at the dirt inside, for about 30 seconds or so. Lift the leeks out of the water with your hands and transfer to a cloth or paper towels to dry off.
Now you have clean leeks and you’ll see all of the dirt has fallen onto the bottom of the water bowl. So simple! The same technique can be used to clean any sandy/dirty vegetable (especially greens like spinach).
Hope you try this Instant Pot kartoffelsuppe German potato soup for Oktoberfest or whenever you want an easy, hearty, healthy, and delicious meal! Don’t forget to check out all the other Oktoberfest Bash 2017 recipes from my fellow bloggers below.
Looking for more recipes for a German food celebration? Check out this one for Paleo Braised Cabbage (p.s. this was one of my very first recipes on TEA 3 years ago…please excuse the bad photo. lol!)
- 2 fatty bacon slices or substitute olive oil
- 1 large leek
- 1 medium onion , peeled and diced
- 2 carrots , peeled and diced
- 4 large yukon gold or russet potatoes (about 2 pounds) , peeled and diced
- 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth (use 4 cups for a thicker soup)
- 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 2 wieners , cut into bite sized slices (omit or use meat-free hot dogs for vegetarian version)
- salt and pepper , to taste
- optional: minced fresh garlic chives for garnish
Cut off the dark green stem and the root off the leek (save the green parts to use in homemade broth). Cut the white and light green parts only of the leek lengthwise down the middle, then cut into 1/2 inch half moons slices. Place leek pieces in a large bowl of water and separate the pieces with your hands to clean the dirt off. Lift the cleaned pieces out of the dirty water and set aside. Throw out the dirty water.
Turn on the saute button on the Instant Pot and add the bacon. Cook for a few minutes, until lightly browned and oil is released. Remove the bacon and set aside.
Add the leek and onion to the bacon grease in the pot and saute for 3-5 minutes, until veggies are wilted. Turn off saute option and add the carrots, potatoes, broth, and marjoram to the Instant Pot. Cover with the Instant Pot lid; making sure it's locked and the steam value is in the closed position. Select the manual 15 minutes high pressure.
When pot is finished, wait 10 minutes for it to cool down or release pressure manually by taking a hand towel and carefully opening up the steam value on the lid. It is safe to open once all steam has been released.
Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in the sliced wieners to heat through. Serve in large bowls and a sprinkling of garlic chives, if desired.
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