Quick and Easy German Turnip Soup – Mutti's Steckrübensuppe

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Turnip soup? Steckrübensuppe? Yes, really! An unusual soup that tastes unusually good! Try this when you need something that's nourishing and quick.

Easy to make with just frozen turnips, frozen cooked meatballs, and frozen hash brown potatoes. That's it. Easy deliciousness! 

Mutti's Turnip Soup. Try it. You'll like it! Such a quick and healthy alternative.

I learned this soup from my Mutti. It's loosely based on a German recipe, only instead of using fresh turnips, it uses frozen ones. If you really want to be cooking turnips from fresh, then you'll need a bit more time to peel and cube them. 

Keep scrolling to see my daughter-in-law's version of this delicious soup!

A bit of this and a bit of that ...

  • Add celery seeds and parsley to taste.
  • For the meat, you could use beef brisket, meaty soup bones, or a small roast. If the meat is raw, you'll need to cook the soup long enough to cook the meat thoroughly. If you want extra flavour, brown any raw meat first in a bit of oil before adding the rest of the ingredients.
  • You can use raw potatoes instead of the frozen hash brown potatoes. Just wash and chop up some new potatoes (that way you don't need to peel them, since their skins are thin.)
  • The Vegeta Food Seasoning has salt and dried vegetables in it. If you don't have this, just add about 1 tsp salt and some pepper to start.
  • Like the soup thinner, then leave it the way it is. If you like it thicker and creamier, the easy way to do this is to gradually add just enough instant mashed potato flakes, stirring constantly, until the soup is as thick as you like.

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Here we have my daughter-in-law, Vicki's turnip soup. 

She let her soup simmer low and slow for a few hours to get all of those yummy flavors to come out. Her soup also turned out a little thicker than my recipe. This may be because she used fresh turnip instead of frozen, so the lack of extra moisture from being frozen kept the consistency thick.

She also kept her turnip chunks larger so that you can really savor the yummy veggies taste! Doesn't that look Wunderbar? 

If you don't like your soup to be overly thick, simply add some boiling water to it, and you're good to go!

Vicki's version of this lecker turnip soup. Doesn't that look amazing!

Oma says,

When I start to get ready to make this soup, I put a kettle of water on to boil. 

That way, once I have all the ingredients in the pot, I can add boiling hot water and the soup will come to boil quicker.


Yep. Hummus. Sylvie, my daughter-in-law, shares that hummus is delicious in this to add extra zing.  Her easy hummus recipe is so quick to make and it's becoming wildly popular in Germany. Try it. I think you'll like it too!

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Quick and Easy German Turnip Soup – Mutti's Steckrübensuppe

Turnip soup? Steckrübensuppe? Yes, really! An unusual soup that tastes unusually good! Try this when you need something that's nourishing and quick.

Easy to make with just frozen turnips, frozen cooked meatballs, and frozen hash brown potatoes. That's it. Easy deliciousness!

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes


Makes 4 servings


  • 2-pound bag frozen cubed turnips
  • 1-pound bag frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 1 pound (approx.) frozen cooked meatballs
  • 1 tablespoon Vegeta (or 1 teaspoon salt)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Into a large pot, put turnips, potatoes, meatballs, and Vegeta (or salt).
  2. Add enough hot water to almost cover.
  3. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes. Longer cooking will improve the flavor.
  4. Season with additional salt and freshly ground pepper.

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This turnip soup recipe handed down by my Mutti is an unusual favorite! Delicious and so simple with only a few ingredients. Give it a go!

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Quick and Easy Turnip Soup made Just like Oma

Turnip soup? Yes, really! An unusual soup that tastes unusually good! Try this when you need something that's nourishing and quick.

Ingredients: hash brown potatoes, turnips, meatballs, vegeta,seasonings,

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