German Green Bean Soup

German Green Bean Soup Traditional Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes

When winter is in full swing, the only thing I crave is a good soup. One that is easy-to-make but also satisfying. Traditional German Green Bean Soup is all that and more.

German Green Bean Soup

The recipe below is the easiest recipe that I have ever published. When I tried it for the first time, I was amazed that in 10 minutes of active cooking, one can prepare such a delicious and nutritious meal. The soup has protein, fibre, as well as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium!

German Green Bean Soup
German Green Bean Soup

Green Bean Soup was the first soup that my husband cooked for me. In my family, we prepared beef only on special occasions. Every holiday my grandmother would make traditional German Rouladen, and that was the only beef meal I knew. Do not get me wrong, beef rolls are just terrific. However, there are more yummy beef recipes out there that I have missed.


To make the soup, I briefly only used 3 ingredients: beef, frozen green beans and frozen soup vegetables. Let’s be honest, as much as one enjoys cooking, nobody wants to spend more time in the kitchen as necessarily. Therefore in the nearest Aldi, I discovered frozen organic soup vegetables and decided to use them for this recipe. Adding some potatoes is a great idea, but I couldn’t bother. The soup is just perfect as it is. The homemade beef broth, succulent and flaky chunks of meat and tender vegetables make it an ideal dish for any occasion.

How about preparing 4l of a healthy meal in just 10 minutes of active time that you spend in the kitchen? Sounds great, right? Dive into our recipe and plan it for the next week – you won’t regret it!

And remember: you can heat up German Green Bean Soup several times and it will only get better. You can keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Why I love it so much?

– supports weight loss
– 5 ingredients
– it’s rapid to prepare: active time: 10 minutes.
– as one-pot dish = less dishwashing!

Equipment I used:

– a sharp knife
– pot

More German Recipes:
German Curry Wurst Recipe

More One-Pot Recipes:
Traditional Polish Cabbage Stew Recipe
Polish Bean Soup Recipe

More Easy Recipes:
Swabian Potato Salad
German Poor Knights

german green bean soup

Traditional German Green Bean Soup

When winter is in full swing, the only thing I crave is a good soup. One that is easy-to-make but also satisfying. Traditional German Green Bean Soup is all that and more. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Servings 6 people


Chopping board
Sharp knife
6-8l pot


  • 2 tbsp oil for frying sunflower
  • 1 kg beef short ribs, flanksteak, beef shank, brisket, oxtail
  • 750 g soup vegetables I used frozen
  • 750 g green beans I used frozen
  • 1,7 l water
  • salt
  • pepper
  • sugar
  • nutmeg


Prepare the meat

  • Wash the meat and pat it dry.
  • Cut into bigger chunks. Up to 5cm long.

Cook the soup

  • Take a large pot and heat up the oil. As soon as the oil is hot (check it with a wooden spoon if you are not sure), add the beef chunks and fry them for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Add frozen vegetables and water.
  • Cook for at least 1,5 hours.


When you follow this recipe, the soup vegetables and green bean might fall apart. If you want to avoid it, let the meat simmer alone and after 30 minutes add the vegetables. 
I couldn’t bother. Forgive me;)
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Traditional German Green Bean Soup

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Marta Kieser is a food guide and blogger who lives in Frankfurt with her husband and 1-year-old son. Apart from food guiding, she loves cooking, having guests over, swimming, hiking, and running. 



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