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How To Cook Kohlrabi: Creamy Potato Kohlrabi Soup

How To Cook Kohlrabi: Creamy Potato Kohlrabi Soup

What the heck is kohlrabi? Come learn how to prepare and cook kohlrabi and get some recipe ideas like this easy to make and hearty potato kohlrabi soup.

How to Cook Kohlrabi + Creamy Potato Kohlrabi Soup recipe @tspbasil

Dietitian confession: Last year, if I got kohlrabi in my CSA share, it went into the swap box and was traded for another veggie that I had more of a clue on what to do with.

But that’s not a good sign of a food blogger and self-claimed culinary dietitian, now is it? After all, I’ve tackled how to cook Jerusalem artichokes and how to cook rutabagas in the past. So, why neglect the poor kohlrabi?

So, last week when the ginoromus bulb appeared in my box, I figured it was time to embrace the kohlrabi and share my findings with you.

How to cook kohlrabi + recipe for Creamy Potato Kohlrabi Soup via @tspbasil Click To Tweet

Did you know….?

  • Kohlrabi is German for “cabbage turnip”
  • Kohlrabi tastes like a cross between celery, jicama and very mild broccoli stalk (to me at least)
  • You can eat it raw or cook it like a root veggie
  • It’s low in calories and a good source of fiber, Vitamin C and potassium

To prepare, first cut away the thick skin and remove any leaves (use them in this cheesy greens soup) and then chop, dice, grate or cut into sticks.

Tips on how to cook kohlrabi and recipe for Creamy Kohlrabi Potato Soup at

I decide to do a riff on Serena’s Healthy Loaded Baked Potato Soup and I used equal parts chopped kohlrabi and potatoes. After chopping into 1/2-inch cubes, I boiled the kohlrabi and potatoes in broth for about 20 minutes over medium-high heat. After adding milk, cooked onions and seasonings, I pureed the entire batch.

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Tips on how to cook kohlrabi and recipe for Creamy Kohlrabi Potato Soup at

Creamy Potato Kohlrabi Soup

  • Yield: 6-8 servings. 1x


Not sure what to do with kohlrabi? Try it in this creamy and loaded potato soup this fall and winter.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 kohlrabi, leaves and skin removed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 2/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Toppings:
  • Plain Greek-style yogurt
  • Shredded cheese
  • Chopped bacon
  • Chopped chives


  1. Place a large pot over medium heat and add oil. Once heated, add onion and saute for 5 – 7 minutes or until softened. Remove from pot and set aside.
  2. Return pot to stove and add potatoes and kohlrabi. Cover with broth. Turn heat up to medium-high and cover. Cook for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
  3. Turn off heat and add in the cooked onions, black pepper, salt and milk. Mix well.
  4. Puree with immersion blender or regular blender (if using regular blender, add soup back to pot after pureeing.)
  5. Turn heat back on to low and mix in cheese. Stir until melted and then remove from stove.
  6. Serve with toppings.

When serving, I had a topping bar of shredded cheese, chopped bacon and chives. Admittedly, I was the only one who ate it in my family but one of these days, I know my 8 year old will come around. (Probably not the hubby #lostcause.)

Tips on how to cook kohlrabi and recipe for Creamy Kohlrabi Potato Soup at

Besides pureeing into soup, here are more ways to eat kohlrabi:

  • Cut into sticks and serve raw with olive oil or ranch dressing.
  • Shred and use raw in slaw recipes.
  • Grate and mix raw into a yogurt based dip.
  • Shave or cut thinly and toss into salads.
  • Shred and form into patties or add to potato pancakes. Saute or bake.
  • Chop and mix with root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, turnips) and roast in the oven.

Have you ever eaten kohlrabi? What’s a vegetable you’ve never tried?

Tips on how to cook kohlrabi and recipe for Creamy Kohlrabi Potato Soup at


Tuesday 13th of March 2018

Thankyou for the recipe ..... I m Made this today as Kohlrabi is everywhere in the shops right now here in Vienna Austria .... my daughter has been poorly and thought this might be a light pick-me-up kind of feel good food. Made with vegan milk and replaced butter with olive oiling skipped the cheese as we don’t eat dairy. Soup tastes great. I love converting recipes to be vegan friendly.

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Tuesday 13th of March 2018

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter and thanks for sharing your vegan version of it! Love hearing from readers overseas :)


Thursday 7th of July 2016

Just made this (got kohlrabi in my CSA box) and everyone loved it including my 3 year old. Thank you!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Monday 11th of July 2016

Thanks so much for the feedback and thrilled to hear even the 3 year old approved!


Monday 30th of May 2016

I often use kohlrabi for my meal. But I just know to fry them. This receipt is quite good. I will try to cook kohlrabi by this receipt . My son likes kohlrabi alot. I am sure He will like this new dish. Thank for sharing!

Jessica @ Nutritioulicious

Tuesday 13th of October 2015

Before my girls were born we got kohlrabi in a CSA box and I have never tried it again. But now I want to! Your soup looks delish and love all the additional suggestions at the end of the post!


Monday 12th of October 2015

Confession: I never knew what kohlrabi was, until now!! What a creative use of this odd vegetable. I think I would really love it though!!

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