Knephla Soup – Quick and Easy Midwest Comfort Food

October 29, 2018 (Last Updated: August 25, 2019) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

This is a quick and easy soup that can feed an army! Not only is it quick and easy, but it is also freaking delicious! Get this great weeknight Knephla Soup recipe.

Bowl of Knephla Soup on a tin platter with garlic, onions, celery and carrots.

If you don’t know what Knephla soup is, you are in for a treat. This German dumpling soup that found its way to the Midwest has all the butter and chicken goodness you could ask for. Then, we top it off with heavy cream! It is so good and just the perfect comforting soup for cooler days. We are just getting started in our series and I am here to give you an easy recipe that you can make in 45 minutes with very little active time. In a different post, I share a completely from-scratch traditional Knoephla Soup recipe, but today we are focusing on optimal taste for minimum time. Enjoy our quick and easy Knephla Soup Recipe.

Fresh Ingredients vs Quick Ingredients

In our upcoming from-scratch recipe, there will be nothing spared to make the best of the best. Today, however, we have to pick and choose our ingredients to get the most from our soup recipe. While I am sure we could make this quicker by picking canned or frozen ingredients, there are certain things I don’t want to skimp on. We are going to be using fresh vegetables for this soup.

Fresh Ingredients for this Knephla Soup

The fresh vegetables include carrots, potatoes, and celery. All three of these are typical ingredients for knephla soup and if you need to change out frozen or canned ingredients, it may reduce the time by about 15 minutes. I would highly advise, however, to keep these ingredients as fresh as possible.

Quick Ingredients

The big one is chicken stock. For our upcoming recipe we are going to use homemade chicken stock (the recipe will be published soon), which requires time and care for the optimal flavor. If you haven’t made chicken stock from scratch, it is so restoring and tasty. There really is nothing like it and everybody should try it. This recipe, however, requires opening a few cartons of Swanson Organic Chicken Stock and there we have it! Super fast and really tasty.

The other time saver is frozen dumplings. You likely have frozen dumplings at your local grocer. Pick up a bag. When looking, you don’t want big dumplings, but about the size that would fit into a soup spoon. We are going to make dumplings from scratch in an upcoming post and they really are fairly easy, but to keep in the theme of being quick and easy, we use dumplings.

Most often, I make my own dumplings, but I also am not afraid to use a good frozen brand that I like.

Thickening The Broth

While not a requirement for Knephla soup, I prefer a bit of a thicker broth. One way I help make this happen is by adding ¼ of a cup of flour to melted butter and veggies prior to adding chicken stock. This creates a bit of a roux that will help thicken the broth as it cooks and really becomes evident when you eat the leftovers. To be honest, Knephla soup leftovers is one of my favorite things in the world.

All in all, this recipe should take about 45 minutes or less. The majority of the time is spent cooking the veggies in the broth. This is a great recipe for when you want comfort flavors cooked in a reasonable amount of time. It requires very little work and comes together really well. Enjoy the Recipe and don’t forget to sign up to get updates via email, follow me on Instagram, and follow me on Pinterest.

Frozen Knephla Dumplings and two boxes of Swanson's Organic Chicken Stock

Celery, carrots and potatoes on a cutting board

Cut carrots, celery, and butter in soup pan

Stirring soup before the dumplings or cream is added

Overhead view of finished quick knepha soup


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Bowl of Knephla Soup on a tin platter with garlic, onions, celery and carrots.

Knephla Soup – Quick and Easy German Comfort Food

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x


This Quick and Easy Knephla Soup is Upper Midwest comfort food at it’s finest. This dish with German origins made it’s way to North Dakota and into our hearts. Find out why with this great recipe.



  • 4 Ounces butter
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery stocks, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup flour
  • 4 potatoes (I used red), chopped
  • 64 Ounces chicken stock
  • 1 lb frozen dumplings
  • 1 Cup cream


  1. Add butter to large pot and set stove to low
  2. While melting, add chopped carrots and celery
  3. Once butter is melted, add flour and mix
  4. Add chicken stock and turn stove to medium high
  5. Add potatoes and cook until tender
  6. Add dumplings and allow to cook for about 5 minutes or whatever the package indicates
  7. Remove from heat and add cream
  8. Servie

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: German

Keywords: Knephla Soup

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  • Reply
    Jeff the Chef
    October 31, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I’ve never heard of this kind of soup! It sounds delicious, though.

  • Reply
    Judy Westegaard
    November 20, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Question, I am in Canada and no frozen dumplings here other that the traditional Chinese dumplings. What do you suggest for a substititue? Also, I had an unusual soup in Wichita KS that was supposedly a German Soup similar to Knephla. Mashed potatoes were added to the soup when it was served. I never got the recipe and wondered if you had heard of it? TIA.

  • Reply
    Judy Westegaard
    November 20, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    So I made this today. Soup was great, the dumplings…UGH. I checked my ingredients as they were so hard, They were not cooked in the middle after 20 min. when 5 min. was the indicated time. I made the dough as specified and they seemed way too large so I cut them in half and they still didn’t cook through. Any clues? TIA

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