Viennese Potato Soup

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 45m

Makes 8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sliced onions; large Bermuda or Spanish
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced leeks, about 3, cleaned thoroughly
  • 1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped, or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
  • 8 cups peeled, sliced potatoes, approximately 4 pounds
  • 7 cups beef broth
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • Pinch of ground cardamom (optional)
  • Garnishes:
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup peeled, diced carrots, precooked
  • 1 cup peeled, diced potatoes, precooked


Put the 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large pot. Add the onions, leeks and marjoram and sauté over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 15 minutes.

Add the potatoes and beef broth, cover and simmer for 25 minutes.

Add the buttermilk or yogurt, pepper and cardamom, if using.

Puree the soup in a food processor or blender.

In a skillet, sauté the mushrooms in the oil for 1 minute, or until the liquid evaporates and the mushrooms are golden. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Divide the mushrooms and precooked carrots and potatoes among 8 bowls. Add the soup and serve immediately.

NOTE: If you use yogurt instead of buttermilk, do not reheat the soup. Yogurt can separate when reheated.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Doubleday. All rights reserved.

RecID 5524

nutrition information per serving

258 calories; 7g total fat; 1mg cholesterol; 109mg sodium; 40g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 10g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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