Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Xaver Suppe (Soup for St. Francis Xavier's Day)

Last year, for the feast of St. Francis Xavier, I made Xaver Suppe . It was very easy to make, and I was pleasantly surprised that all my children loved it! I am planning on making it for dinner again tonight.

Xaver Suppe
(Recipe found in Cooking With the Saints)

This is a delicious clear soup with "dumplings" that is easy to make and can serve a crowd.

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, white
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley, chopped (for dough)
  • 12 cups chicken stock
  • 2 Tablespoon chervil, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoon parsley, chopped (for soup)


Over low heat work the flour, cream, butter and Parmesan cheese to a solid dough. Work in the salt, pepper, nutmeg, eggs and egg yolks and parsley. Put the mixture into a piping bag with a big nozzle and pipe pea-sized balls onto a buttered tray. Let stand for about 30 minutes.

In the meantime heat some salted water until it boils, then drop in all the "dough peas". Cook for 5 minutes, then remove them with a slotted spoon and add to the warm chicken stock. Season soup to taste and add the chervil and 2 tablespoons parsley.

Serves 10 to 12 people.

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  1. Do you use fresh parsley or dried? What can I use to substitute for the cream. I have milk or fat free half and half. Will either of those work?

  2. I am sure that fresh parsley would be best, but I used dried parsley (at a ratio of 1 to 3) since I had it on hand. I also just used more parsley for the chervil.

    AS for the cream, you could make your own using your milk and combining it with butter. The recipe I have says to mix 3/4 cup milk with 1/3 cup butter (melted) to use in place of one cup of cream (so you would half those measurements) Also, if you use low-fat milk, add a tablespoon of flour to the mixture to thicken.

    I hope this helps! :)

  3. I just made this and it turned out great. Used your cream sub and also used whole wheat because that's what we have lol. So good. My 3 year old loved it too. I think she's eating more of the broth though :-j silly girl just loves soups.