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German Pancake Soup – Flaedlesuppe

That’s right… I’m back with Part 2 of my German series – check out Part 1 here, the German Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies. Even though I’ve been back from Germany for a few months now, I’m still thinking about all the amazing food I ate there and enjoying recreating some of my favorites. Which brings us to… German Pancake Soup! Also known as Flaedlesuppe/Flädlesuppe – it is a very special dish and both unique in its appearance and taste. Flädlesuppe, is a serious comfort food for many who come from Southern Germany, more specifically the Swabian region. Before I tried it, I wondered how satisfying such a simple dish could be, but it’s simplicity is what warms you up and fills you without being heavy.

German Pancake Soup - Flaedlesuppe

German Pancake Soup – Flaedlesuppe

A traditional Southern German comfort food, Flädlesuppe is a vegetarian soup made of broth, vegetables and noodles made out of pancake-like crepes.

A delicate broth is poured over handmade noodles (which are really pancakes or crepes cut into strips) along with a garnish of herbs or julienned vegetables (I use carrots). The recipe couldn’t be simpler to make – and the wonderful thing about the pancakes is that they freeze beautifully. And at well under 200 calories a serving, it’s surprising how filling and satisfying the soup is – serve it with bread, a side dish or just on it’s own.

German Pancake Soup - Flaedlesuppe

German Pancake Soup – Flaedlesuppe

I currently have a container full of frozen Flädle (German for those crepe-like pancakes) in my freezer, ready to go whenever I need a warm, comforting bowl of soup. My recipe was adapted from Tara’s Multicultural Table – visit her page to read her story about her visit to Bavaria and Schloss Neuschwanstein. As Tara says, the broth really shines in this soup so find the best one you can, or better yet use homemade broth.

German Pancake Soup - Fladlesuppe

Here’s my take on it with frozen veggies thrown in… even easier! (German Pancake Soup – Flaedlesuppe)

It really speaks to the power of food when you see how each culture and region have such different yet wonderful comfort foods. As a child, mine was a big heaping of Ghormeh Sabzi with Persian Rice and tahdig or perhaps a steaming bowl of Aash. In Germany I found Flaedlesuppe or Spaetzle to be a homey favorite. What’s your go-to comfort food?

German Pancake Soup - Flaedlesuppe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Serving size: 1 cup (1/6th recipe)
  • Calories: 138
  • Fat: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 18
  • Sugar: 2
  • Sodium: 345
  • Protein: 7
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: German
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A traditional Southern German comfort food, Flädlesuppe is a vegetarian soup made of broth, vegetables and noodles made out of pancake-like crepes.
  • 1 scant cup of flour (1 cup minus 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1⅓ cups milk
  • 4 cups (32 oz) vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • Ganish of choice (parsley, chives or cilantro, etc)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Prepare the batter by mixing the eggs, milk, flour and ½ teaspoon of salt.
  2. Whisk the ingredients together until the batter is smooth - then let the batter come to room temperature.
  3. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat and ladle enough batter to cover the pan thinly.
  4. Cook for about 90 seconds (until the pancake looks dry and the edges separate easily) then flip over.
  5. Cook for another 90 seconds until both sides are a light golden brown.
  6. Stack the pancakes (separate each one with a paper or napkin to keep them from getting soggy) while they cool off.
  7. While the pancakes are cooling, bring the broth and carrots to a simmer in a large pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. While the broth simmers, cut the pancakes by rolling them up and then slicing them into thin strips about ¼ inch each. You can freeze them at this point in a tupperware. You'll end up with a bunch of pinwheel like strips of 'flaedle'.
  9. Once the soup has come to a boil and you're ready to serve - place a small number of the pancakes in each bowl and pour the hot soup over them.
  10. Garnish and serve immediately.

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{ 13 comments… add one }
  • The Unmanly Chef February 22, 2016, 7:37 am

    love german food, love this idea! great photo too.

  • Michelle @ thelastfoodblog February 23, 2016, 9:21 am

    Very interesting soup Ahu! It looks great too 🙂

  • grace February 23, 2016, 11:57 am

    this is so unique! finally a soup that’s as fun to make as it is to eat! 🙂

  • Valentina | The Baking Fairy February 23, 2016, 12:58 pm

    What a gorgeous bowl of soup! I’ve never seen soup with little pancake noodles but it seems delicious. And a great alternative for when you don’t have pasta in the house or want something lighter. Pinning for later! 🙂

    • Ahu Shahrabani February 24, 2016, 7:39 am

      Thank you Valentina! I had never seen it before going to Germany either – and I was surprised how tasty it was!

  • David February 27, 2016, 12:46 am

    In all my travels Germany, I’ve never seen the soup. It looks wonderful, and once the weather cools off again I’ll try it. Beautiful photos, too!

    • Ahu Shahrabani February 28, 2016, 9:39 am

      Apparently it’s very specific to that one region, but I’m not sure why since it’s so easy and delicious! thanks David!

  • Carol Borchardt February 27, 2016, 10:01 am

    Cool idea for people who love having breakfast for dinner…..you really get the best of both meals!

  • Susan October 27, 2016, 9:14 pm

    My mom always made this when we were sick and I made it for my son and now my grandson.
    I buy Klara Fleische Suppe from the local German store for my broth

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