Easy German Green Bean Soup Recipe – Oma's Grüne Bohnensuppe (2024)

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This easy German Green Bean Soup, akaGrüne Bohnensuppe, is something I'll make when I'm strapped for time and need something easy and quick, and so delicious. It's one that all the family members love at anytime of the year.

It's a traditional German soup that's acomplete mealand the start of something amazing, since you can make so many variations on thisfavorite soup.

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This is agreat recipeto learn how to cook adelicious soupin the way that Oma does. It's “a bit of this and a bit of that.” If you've never cooked that way, try it.

First follow my recipe below thefirst timeand then do some experimenting.

Can you pressure can this green bean soup?

One of our readers, Judy Goeringer, wrote in to let me know that she's pressure canned this soup with great success. I'll add her recipe adjustments right under therecipe cardbelow, so you can make it as well.

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Above are Judy's jars of German green bean soup, ready to be stored away for future use.

What ingredients to use for Oma's green bean soup?

This is the fun part of this recipe. It's where the experimenting happens!

Fresh ingredients are always best. That means fresh green beans in this case. However, fresh beans aren't the only option. I frequently use frozen green beans. In fact, I'll always have a couple of bags of frozen ones in the freezer, just for this soup. Even canned beans work.

For the meat, you can use raw lean ground beef. If you have some ham hocks, smoked sausage, or kielbasa (cut into bite-sized pieces), that works great as well. Or perhaps you have some leftover roast, pork or beef, and maybe some gravy. If you are using cooked meat, omit the oil and add the cut-up meat to the frozen beans. You can also fry bacon and add that, using the grease from that to brown the ground beef.

For the liquid, the easiest is water. Especially if you're using raw beef, you'll end up creating a broth from this. However, using chicken broth, vegetable broth, or beef broth is great. If you don't have any, you can use a bouillon cube or two. If you have leftover gravy, add that as well.

For the potatoes, use raw ones, cut in chunks, or if there are leftover cooked potatoes, use them. Leftover mashed potatoes work great too. Or instant mashed potatoes, or canned potatoes – whatever you have! For quantities of these types of potatoes – it depends on how thick you want the soup. Adding these cooked potatoes once the beans are cooked, will give you a German green bean soup in about 15 minutes.

For the onions, really any kind will do. I usually use just plain cooking onions for most of my cooking. Red will work. Green onions would be interesting to add towards the end.

For the seasonings, Bohnenkraut is essential!!!! It's that ingredient that MAKES this a German food! And what is Bohnenkraut? Summer Savory. I also use Vegeta in my soup. This is a seasoning mix. If you can't get that, just season with salt and pepper. Add Maggi if you like.

Make this a colorful green bean soup by adding some sliced carrots or canned tomato chunks.

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Here's how to make Oma'sGrüne Bohnensuppe:

Get your ingredients ready, peeling those potatoes and dicing the peeled onion.

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Brown the ground beef and add the onion. Sauté until the onion is translucent. You don't need to get it golden brown, although if that happens, that's fine. It's more flavor.

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Add the remaining ingredients. When you add the broth, use your wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits at the bottom of your pot. This is the flavor that will make your soup awesome!

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Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until those veggies are tender. It will only take about 15 minutes.

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Now you get to choose how you want to serve your soup. Either creamy or with a clear broth. If this is being served as a light lunch, side dish, or an appetizer, then probably keeping it as a clear broth is best.

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However, if this is going to be your main meal, then adding those instant mashed potato flakes to thicken this hearty soup is a great idea.

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Those potato flakes will increase the potato flavor of this soup. Delicious! Using Yukon gold potatoes brings a nice yellow color complement to the green beans.



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

Oma says,

All you really need for the green bean soup is a bag of frozen green beans, some type of potato, some kind of meat (raw or cooked), some kind of liquid, whether water, chicken stock or such, some seasonings, and about 20 minutes.

This soup is really among my favorite quick and easy soup recipes. It actually shows how to make soup in a really easy way.

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Easy German Green Bean Soup Recipe – Oma's Grüne Bohnensuppe

Grandma's green bean soup, aka Oma's Grüne Bohnensuppe, is agreat optionwhen you don't have much time to make dinner. It's so easy, so quick, and so delicious. The whole family loves it.

Check the Notes/Hints section below for all the tips you'll need. Serve somehomemade artisan bread on the side. Yum!

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes

Total Time

40 minutes


Makes 6 - 8 servings


  • 1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground lean beef, (see notes below)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 pounds bag frozen cut green beans
  • about 1 teaspoon dried summer savory (Bohnenkraut)
  • 1 - 1½ tablespoonsVegeta Food Seasoning (see notes below)
  • 5 cups cubed raw potatoes, see below for other ideas
  • about 6 cups beef broth or water
  • about ½ cup instant mashed potato flakes (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. In large pot or a large saucepan over medium high heat, heat the oil and sauté the ground beef until it starts to brown.
  2. Add onions. Continue to sauté onions until they are translucent.
  3. Add frozen green beans and raw potatoes. (If using cooked potatoes, add once beans are cooked and just reheat.)
  4. Add just enough broth to almost cover veggies. Scrape up any browned bits at the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add savory and Vegeta and stir.
  6. Bring to boil and lower to a medium-low heat. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  7. Stir in just enough instant mashed potato flakes to thicken the broth of the soup, if using. Soup will thicken slightly more as it rests after adding the potato flakes.
  8. Season with salt, pepper, and extra summer savory, if desired.


  • Garnish with fresh parsley or fresh dill with their bright green color.
  • Add Maggi to taste.
  • Instead of raw potatoes, add leftover cooked potatoes or mashed potatoes. Add this at the end of the cooking process and simmer until hot.
  • Instead of ground meat, use ham hocks, smoked sausage or kielbasa. Add it after you brown the onions. Leftover meat can be added at the end instead.
  • Instead of frozen beans, use fresh beans. First trim them and cut into small pieces.
  • Add garlic cloves, bay leaves, or a ham bone to the simmering soup.
  • Vegeta Food Seasoning has salt and dried vegetables in it. If you don't have this, add about 1 teaspoon salt and some pepper to start. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • If you like soup with a clear broth, omit the instant mashed potato flakes.
  • This can be made in the slow cooker by putting all the ingredients (after browning the ground beef and onion) into a slow cooker and setting it to low for about 6 hours.
  • To make this more of a rich soup, serve it with a dollop of sour cream.
  • This tastes wonderful the next day.
  • Serve some homemade bread or rye bread with this to make it a main meal. Perfection!
  • If you love German cooking, then you'll love another one of my favorites: German Lentil Soup

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04.18.2023 revision update

Here'sJudy's Recipe for Pressure Canning this German Green Bean Soup

It's been years since I've pressure canned, so I'm really glad Judy shared how to do it here. ~ Oma Gerhild

For 7 quarts, the measurements change to:


  • If using ground beef, fry as usual (approx. 1.75 pounds)
  • 1.75 medium onion (approx.)
  • 3.3 pounds green beans
  • 1.75 teaspoons Bohnenkraut (if adding 2x) 3.5 teaspoons
  • 8.3 cups potatoes (I used instant mashed because that’s what I had at the time)
  • 10 cups broth, water, or combination
  • I did not have Vegeta Food Seasoning but added Maggi
  • salt and pepper to taste


You do not need to cook everything before putting into pressure canner.

  1. Add all to huge pot (your potatoes will be warm), stir, fill jars, wipe rims, put lids and seals on, put in pressure canner, 25 minutes at 10 pounds, depending on altitude.
  2. If using meat, (potatoes and meat will be warm), add all to huge pot, stir, fill jars, wipe rims, put lids and seals on, put in pressure canner, 90 minutes at 10 pounds (because of the meat).

You will get more jars by adding meat. After your jars are filled, eat the rest!

You may also simply add meat when ready to open a jar or two!

~Judy Goeringer

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Oma's Green Bean Soup recipe is so easy. A traditional grüne Bohnensuppe that uses a basic method that’s the start of so many variations on the original German soup.

Ingredients: potatoes,ground beef,green beans,onion,Vegeta or seasonings,

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