The crowd pleaser soup is very easy to make and is a filling main course at any time of the year but especially in the colder seasons.
How to you say soup in German?
The German word for soup is “Suppe”. Suppe has a feminin article “die Suppe”.
Leek: You can find fresh leek stalks in almost every supermarket. Most commonly it is located where the fresh herbs and cabbage is. Sometime leek has dirt between the leaves. In this case cut the stalk half way lengthwise and rinse it under running water. If it is not visible dirty you can cut it into slices and rinse them well in a strainer.
Ground Meat: I used lean 93/7 ground beef in this recipe but German recipes often call for ground pork. Alternatively you can also use other ground meats like bison, turkey or chicken.
Shredded Cheese: I personally like to use a blend of cheddar and swiss cheese, but you could also conviently grab just a bag of a Mexican cheese blend.
Onions: I did not chop the onion very finely as it will cook down anyways. But if you prefer you can cut the onion finely, but I would not recommend exchanging the fresh onion for onion powder as it will alter the taste of the soup.
Cream: The recipe calls for sour cream and heavy whipping cream. If you prefer a leaner version of this hearty soup you could omit the sour cream but I would not leave out the heavy whipping cream as this will add some important flavor and silkiness to the soup.
If you never tried leek, you are not the only one…
If you never heard of leek you are not alone. The first time I wanted to make this soup in the US the checker asked her to collogue what the name of vegetable to find in her code list, the collogue only shrugged and asked another co-worker. But this lady also did not know how it was called. The three looked at me for an answer, but I did not know the English word for Lauch as it is called in German. We all had a good laugh and quickly checked the phone for the translation. Luckily there were not many people in the shop, so nobody got held up.