Knoephla Soup

"Here in North Dakota we love Knoephla Soup! I was introduced to it by my DH and loved it ever since! We have a place called Kroll's Diner run by two older Norwegian ladies! They make it the best I have ever had! The are famous for saying "SIT DOWN AND EAT!" And we do! :)"
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
1 soup




  • In a big soup pot add water and broth, then add onion, celery, potatoes, bouillon cubes and spices. Boil until potatoes are done, about 12-15 minutes. Add cream and knoepfla. Simmer 30-40 minutes.
  • Knoephla Dough a German dumpling:

  • Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together to make a fairly stiff dough. Add eough water to make the dough stiff -- 3/4 cups or more depending on how much gluten is in your flour. You can use milk in place of the water -- some here do.
  • Roll into 1/2 inch ropes and cut with a pair of scissors into 1/2 inch pieces right into the simmering soup.
  • This is a very hearty soup and wonderful on a cold day! Especially here in North Dakota! Brrrrr -- So come in and "Sit Down and Eat!".

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  1. Just outstanding. I can't even count the ways. Living in a rural farming community in Maryland, I have made variations of this 'type' of soup because of our large German community for a long time. But this! This is the top of of the pinnacle. My dear husband was beside himself, proclaiming this was the best soup he'd had. I didn't change a thing. It just fell into place beautifully....and was easy to prepare. Thank you!
  2. I just spent weeks in North Dakota and this was the best take away. I was out of sour cream so used Kraft Cooking cream cheese, and it was perfect. Also added chicken like Krolls. Thanks for posting.
  3. I agree with Jamie and being completely German Russian and raised on these type on foods Kroll's really should give up on making Knoephla Soup. I think that everyone has there own take on this recipe but my best advise for anyone looking to have good knoephla soup go to a small town in North Dakota and if you going to make it your self, I go with the rule that there should always be more knoephla's then potatoes. The only spices that I use are Dill & Pepper. I wish I had a recipe to add to this comment but I leaned how to make it from the older German lady's in my family and if you've even watched an old German woman cook there's never a recipe it's just a little of this and some of that and magic happens so don't get discouraged if your first batch doesn't turn out perfect. I've told friends how to make it and they can never make it like they had in North Dakota and its not cause they have that bad of cooking skill its just those that grew up with it all there lives make it better lol. :) *side note don't complain about an German/Russian food until you've had it made by a real old time German lady :)
  4. VERY GOOD SOUP. I did make a slight change though. I switched the amount of chicken broth and water around so it was 4 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of water. Also, I didn't get the dumplings right, so next time I am going to use my fluffy dumplings I use in my homemade chicken dumpling soup. But for those minor changes, it is by far the yummiest Knoephla soup I've ever had and I often stopped by Krolls to eat the knoephla. I am not sure about the first reviewer saying it was "watery" - I didn't have that problem. It thickened up very nicely - was thick and creamy goodness!
  5. My husband has been talking about Knoephla soup since we met (8 years ago) being a good wife, I finally looked up a recipe! He says this compares to Krolls in Fargo! I am now addicted as well. <br/>I just made it for the 2nd time, and the tweeks I made were to add carrots and I used 1-1/4 cup of milk in the dough.


  1. Added more veggies and real whole chicken


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