German Green Bean Soup/ Gruene Bohneneintopf -Easy Delicious Meal

I love a good Eintopf.. one pot meal.. and my favorite would have to be German Green Bean Soup or Gruene Bohneneintopf. This easy and delicious meal satisfies even the heartiest of appetites. It’s loaded with Green Beans, potatoes and even beef (and a little bacon). Along with a few slices of bread, it’s the perfect meal for cool nights. And when I put it on the table here at home, even the finicky eaters clean their plates.

The recipe I use for German Green Bean Soup / Gruene Bohneneintopf is loose… more a guideline. I learned to cook from my mother and Oma, and they use the … “Add ingredients, taste, adjust for flavor”... method of cooking. Traditionally a German Bohnensuppe (Bean soup) uses Bohnenkraut (Bohnenkraut is Summer Savory),  but I prefer using Thyme because I like the flavor, and it grows in my garden. (If you have Summer Savory, go ahead and use it instead.

I use the words Eintopf (one-pot meal) and Suppe (soup) sort of interchangeably for this recipe. It’s a hearty soup, and when served with a slice of bread, you have a complete meal.

German Green Bean Soup Recipe  Gruene Bohneneintopf

German Green Bean soup

German Green Bean Soup Recipe

Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course German Foods and Recipes, German Recipes
Servings 1 pot of Eintopf


  • 1 pound Beef cubed stew meat or ground beef if you are in a hurry
  • 1 medium Onion - diced
  • 2 tsp dried Summer Savory Bohnenkraut or Thyme
  • 3 Tbl. Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 pounds Green Beans trimmed and cut to 1- 2 inch pieces
  • ½- 1 pound Potatoes- peeled and cut into pieces
  • Beef broth to cover all….. about 4-5 cups?
  • … I like to add Maggi Wurzmischung for flavor
  • Few pieces bacon


  • •In a soup pot, heat the oil, then brown the meat on all sides (I use ground beef when I’m in a hurry). Add the onions toward the end to soften them up.
  • •Add salt and pepper, then add Savory (or thyme). Let cook with the lid on for ten minutes to get the flavors to meld on low heat.
  • •Trim the beans, and cut them into 1 -2 inch pieces. Add them to the pot with the broth.
  • •Bring to a boil, then simmer.
  • •Add the potatoes and let cook for 20 minutes (until the potatoes can be poked with a knife)
  • •Dice the bacon… in a separate pan, fry it until browned
  • •Add the bacon (and the bacon fat) to the soup just before serving.
  • •Taste… add more salt/pepper as needed

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8 thoughts on “German Green Bean Soup/ Gruene Bohneneintopf -Easy Delicious Meal

  1. Even though you said your recipe is loose, I’m not finding any recipe at all! What appears to be a link just stays on this page. Hilfe!

    1. Oh gee… I fixed it… there was a glitch in the system

  2. I was eating that long before I was stationed in Germany because my mom made that when we were kids all the time and we’re not German

  3. Is it possible to order gluten-free German bread ?

  4. This is my first comment but it will not be accepted, stating that I already made this comment.

  5. Both my mother AND father’s side have a version of this soup. One used bacon, and the other used a ham bone. I use both. Lol! With the ham bone, there’s no need for bouillon as it makes its own. I’ve never had it with beef. Sounds good.

    1. See… and I’ve never had it with ham…. but I imagine it’s DELICIOUS!

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