The result was something unique and totally delicious! German Onion Soup is a hearty favorite made with bratwurst, beer, lots of caramelized onions, and topped with crispy pretzel roll croutons. It always gets two thumbs up from anyone who’s tried it.
**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making German Onion Soup is available near the end of this post.
Today’s recipe post for German Onion Soup is a recipe re-do from one I shared back in 2013. Since I wanted to update the post, I also decided to update the photos, and the croutons from rye to pretzel roll. The result is every bit as tasty as what I shared back in 2013, and one I know your entire family will enjoy!
Here’s what I wrote about German Onion Soup back in 2013, warts and all;
You’ll also notice that this recipe calls for Swiss Cheese and not a German cheese because Swiss cheese is my favorite and can easily be found in any grocery store. German cheese…not so much. Since the two countries are friendly next door neighbors, I felt very comfortable mixing them together in one bowl. However, if you know of a good International cheese shop, by all means, pick yourself up some wonderfully melty German cheese and get your grate on! Here is the original photo I took of German Onion Soup back in 2013:
The ingredient list for making German Onion Soup with Beer, Bratwurst & Pretzel Roll Croutons is as follows;
- pretzel rolls
- olive oil
- beef stock
- brown sugar
- bay leaves
- Swiss Cheese
German Onion Soup couldn’t be easier to make. Let me show you how;
- In a large stockpot, heat olive oil and butter.
- Meanwhile cut 2-3 pretzel rolls into 1″ cubes.
- Add the cubes to the pot, stir well and cook until well browned.
Once the croutons are well browned, remove them from the pan and set aside.
Add the bratwurst to the pan over brown well over medium/high heat.
Once brown, remove the sausage and set aside.
- Add more olive oil to the pan along with 4-5 chopped, sweet onions.
- Cook the onions in the pan over medium heat with salt and pepper, stirring frequently, until cooked down and caramelized (about 15 minutes).
- Once the onions are caramelized, add 3 tablespoons of flour and stir well to combine.
- Cook an additional 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add 12 ounces of beer to the cooked and caramelized onions and flour, along with 4 cups beef stock, 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 3 bay leaves.
Grate fresh nutmeg into the pot and return the browned sausage to the soup.
Stir well and simmer for at least 20 minutes before serving and removing the bay leaves.
To serve, top each portion of soup with pretzel roll croutons and a sprinkling of Swiss cheese. Enjoy!
For additional German-inspired dishes I’ve shared here on Kudos Kitchen, please click on the titles of the following recipes:
Below is the printable recipe card for today’s German Onion Soup with Beer, Bratwurst & Pretzel Roll Croutons. If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!
- 3 pretzel rolls cut into 1" cubes
- 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 pound bratwurst casings removed and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 4-5 large sweet onions chopped into bite-sized chunks
- 2 teaspoons coarse salt divided
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 12 ounces beer
- 4 cups beef stock or broth
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 2-3 large bay leaves
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 4-5 ounces Swiss cheese shredded
In a large stockpot, melt 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.
Add the pretzel cubes and cook, stirring frequently until golden and crunchy. *Note - watch the croutons closely as they burn quickly.
Remove the browned croutons and set aside.
Add the prepared bratwurst to the pan and increase the heat to medium/high. Brown the sausage, stirring occasionally until browned well on all sides.
Remove the sausage from the pan and set aside.
Add the remaining olive oil and butter to the stockpot along with the chopped onions.
Stir well and add the salt and pepper.
Continue cooking and stirring the onions occasionally until the onions are golden in color and reduced in volume (approximately 12-15 minutes).
Add the flour to the caramelized onion and cook, stirring well for 1-2 minutes.
Slowly add the beer and beef stock to the pot.
Stir in the brown sugar, bay leaves, and grated nutmeg.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the browned bratwurst back to the pot.
Stir well and simmer for at least 15 minutes, longer if you have the time.
Remove the bay leaves.
Serve the German Onion Soup topped with the pretzel croutons and the shredded Swiss cheese.
Tools and equipment:
serrated knife (for cutting pretzel rolls), chef's knife (for cutting onions), cutting board, large stockpot, wooden spoon, microplane (for grating nutmeg), measuring spoons
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