The Most Delicious Old-Fashioned German Knoephla Soup Recipe

Homemade Knoephla Soup
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There must be an unwritten rule that if you do any time in North Dakota, you have to eat Knoephla Soup. I spent most of my first 20 years of life in North Dakota and hadn’t tried this German soup until 2 years ago. As a native North Dakotan, and 1/32 German. I am ashamed.

But to redeem myself, today I’m sharing the absolute VERY best, most delicious old-fashioned homemade Knoephla Soup recipe with you.

So for those of you who may be wondering what on earth Knoephla Soup is, it is a potato soup with little noodles (the German word for these is knöpfle – meaning knobs). It is thick and hearty, somewhat like a stew so you can add less water to my version if you’d like.

I’m a protein girl so you may add cooked chicken to this soup as well. My sister and grandma both swear off the chicken in Knoephla Soup…but I assure you, it’s yummy with it!

The soup instructions are pretty standard if you’ve ever made a soup in your life.

For the dumplings, I take a shortcut.  Once you mix up your dough ingredients according to the recipe below, you’ll roll your dough into long ropes.

Knoephla Noodle Ropes

Next, you will take your pastry cutter or a sharp knife and cut the ropes into 1/4″ lengths.

Once your soup is ready to take in these delicious little pockets of dough, you are all set.


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11 thoughts on “The Most Delicious Old-Fashioned German Knoephla Soup Recipe”

  1. Hi! I was visiting my son at Minot AFB, ND last Christmas and had this soup at a local diner. DELICIOUS. Can’t wait to try to make it myself! Thanks.

  2. I usually use frozen kneophla but would like to try my own. Instead of heavy cream I use a can of evaporated milk. I always have a can in the pantry. Works great!

  3. Hi Julie,
    Thank you for the recipe. I’m excited to try homemade noodles. Where did you live in ND? I live in Williston. 🙂

    1. Hi Laura, I hope you like the recipe! I lived all over the place in ND, (Cooperstown, Bottineau, Minot, and Williston). Love that state and miss it!

      1. Thank you for your recipe of knoephla. I add baking powder. I also fry cabbage ,onion and bacon with butter. Then add the boiled dumplings to lightly brown. You can add sausage slices. Delish
        Keep some sliced dough to freeze for adding to chicken and cream soup at a later date.

  4. I have been looking for a recipe for this soup forever!! I had it at NDSU and Krolls diner and became obsessed with it! Can’t wait to try it out!!

  5. I just got back from Devils Lake, ND! (Family reunion) I finally tried kneophla soup and it was pretty good, but I didn’t like how the kneophla were just thick square blocks. I’ve made plenty of homemade egg noodles though and I like how you do yours smaller.

    In going to have to give this recipe a try! It’s nearly identical to my chicken and egg noodles recipe. Only difference is that chicken and egg noodles is served over mashed potatoes and kneophla has the potato in the soup.

  6. Hey Julie, in originally from Drake nd, this is my first time making this homemade, in excited, when do I add the milk or buttermilk or half n half? I miss North dakota… Were do you stay now? In in Colorado

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