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Cheese Dumpling Soup- Käsenodelsuppe

Cheese Dumpling Soup- Grießnockerlsuppe

My new favorite food ever. I know it's not fabulous for your health but if you eat a food that makes you happy doesn't that make it good for you?

Cheese Dumpling Soup-Kasenodelsuppe is one of the most delicious soups that I have ever eaten in my whole life. You must make this soup. It’s like a french onion, grilled cheese sandwich in a bowl of hot broth. There are no words!

So I am not even going to try and pronounce this soup that I ate after we hiked to a little hut above the hamlet of Zug, Austria. No need to. It should be called “damn good” or “best soup ever” or “holy cow this should be its own food group” soup. Seriously, it’s this good. I usually cook on the weekends (not his week though, I had to make this earlier) and then share what I make with friends and family but this week I became a hoarder.  I hoarded all of it and didn’t even give one bowl away. It gets worse, I made a second batch and ate that too.  I’m terrible but I had a really active week so I can justify my overindulgence or at least that is what I am telling myself!

Imagine eating the perfect grilled cheese laced with a little onion so it tastes like you are eating a French onion grilled cheese sandwich served in a hot bowl of broth. Well, that’s it. Simple, good comfort food at its finest. My sister-in-law will die and go to heaven when she eats this and I can’t wait for her to try it as she is a grilled cheese aficionado. I may even fly to New Jersey to make it for her. Yep! It’s that good, I’d drop some cash to make this for someone who I know would love it! That’s saying something. So I must thank the genius in Austria who came up with these cheese dumplings and thought to put them in a soup! What’s even better, you can make the dumplings and freeze them (un-cooked and fry when thawed out) so you can take them out when you are craving something that is out of this world! I have to stop talking about this now! I may find myself making another batch! Ha!

So part of the reason that I landed in St Anton is that I have a best friend who lives there and her husband is the GM at a really great hotel. Anthony’s Life and Style Hotel is about four years old or so and is one of the nicest hotels that I have had the privilege to stay at while traveling in Europe. My friends were so nice to take care of my lodging in St Anton, and I got to stay at one of their lovely apartments in St Jakob (above their apartment in a neat home that dates back 300 years) and at Anthony’s! Anthony’s is right in the heart of town and a quick walk to the slopes and all the bars, restaurants, and shopping! It also boasts two fantastic restaurants and a club that goes all night with live music and dancing. It’s definitely the place to be while in this super fun ski town! So I got to experience the best of both worlds on my trip. Hanging with the locals in a quaint little area and being the total tourist staying at a cozy and enjoyable top-notch hotel in the center of town! Still pinching myself!


Cheese Dumpling Soup- Käsenodelsuppe

BEST soup EVER.... It's like eating a grilled french onion cheese sandwich all in a bowl of soup.. Nuf said..
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Austrian
Keyword Cheese soup, Dumpling Soup, Kasenodelsuppe
Servings 4 People


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives or scallions
  • 7 oz finely diced white bread I used large sandwich rolls from the deli
  • 10 oz grated Swiss or Gruyere cheese
  • 8 cups of preferably homemade chick stock
  • butter and oil for frying dumplings


  • Melt butter and oil in a saute pan and cook onions and garlic until soft. Three minutes or so. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg and 2 tablespoons of minced chives or scallions. Add bread, cheese and onions and mix until incorporated.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.
  • When ready to cook dumplings, melt two tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan until bubbling.
  • Take about 1/3 cup of dumpling mixture and make a ball and flatten out with your hands to form a disk (think crab cake).
  • Fry dumplings in butter until golden brown on both sides (about 2-3 minutes per side). I did mine in batches of two per batch and made eight dumplings.
  • Heat up broth until hot.
  • Place two dumplings per bowl and pour hot broth over them. (The hot broth will melt the cheese even more).
  • Top with chopped chives or scallions and serve.


If you don't have homemade stock, buy the packaged "box" chicken or beef stock. Heat up with one bay leaf, 1/4 tsp salt and pepper, one clove of garlic minced, and maybe a pinch of a red pepper flake. This will "doctor" it up a bit and make it a little more flavorful.
I adapted this recipe from Traditional Tyrol recipes ( if you want to check out other Tyrolean recipes.
Looking for a great chicken stock recipe? Here you go! 


Here is the original Grießnockerlsuppe that we hiked up the mountain to eat. Love at first bite but they use a much stronger “Swiss” cheese than we can buy in the USA. Still so good! Delish!


The cheese dumplings frying away. It’s just like cooking a crab cake except with cheese instead of crab! So good!

Plangger market- the best market that I have been into forever. I bought all my St Anton goodies here and enjoyed the company of the purveyors on site. For me, it was a fun place to hang out. Heck I think that I went in here three times. They loved me.

When in Rome… eh, hem. When in Austria you eat really good sausage and stinky cheese. I couldn’t get into the cheese but made up for it by the amount of sausage that I consumed… I brought back a lot..

OK check this out. A shop dedicated to only selling Schnapps. Say it 10 times fast. Schnapps Shop… I just thought the colors are cool and the way that they dispense the Schnapps is pretty ingenious. I only brought back two bottles to share with friends. It’s easy to drink too much of this fire water…

Beautiful tomato soup. This bar at Galzig was so fun. We met a lot of cool people hanging out at this table and over a bowl of soup and a glass or two of wine!

St Jakob am Alburg a suburb of St Anton and where I stayed most of the time while in Austria. So charming. Too bad it was cloudy!

We spent a lot of time by this fireplace in Anthony’s lobby. It was so cozy and a fun place to be!

My room at Anthony’s. Austrians make the best beds on the planet. Serious comfort here!

I wish my bathroom at home was this nice. I was totally spoiled to stay in such a nice place!

Not a bad place to hot tub. Roof top tubs are the best and the spa at Anthony’s was beautiful!

Anthony’s is about a 3-minute walk to the lifts, so a perfect location right in town! I love a room with a view and a great porch! A perfect place to call home while in St Anton. I can’t wait to go back!

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