I grew up hearing that my grandfather’s family came to Oregon on a wagon train from Pennsylvania Dutch country. As a child, I assumed my grandpa’s family was Dutch, but later learned that actually meant German—with possibly some Amish roots too. When I was a girl, my mother (a single working mom) didn’t spend much time in the kitchen, but sometimes on a rainy, winter Saturday she would make Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Soup and my sister and I would wait expectantly for a hot bowl. Our favorite part was the “rivlets.”
The photos I’m sharing are from the first time I made this recipe in my newly remodeled kitchen (in our new downsized home). It’s a very simple recipe, but we still enjoy it. I hope you do too.
Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Soup (about four servings)
- 2-3 large potatoes, diced (or 2 cups of diced potatoes if you use small)
- ½ onion, diced
Add water to cover, salt and boil until tender
Add 1/3 cube butter, 2 cups milk and heat together.
- Add Rivlets (Recipe below) to potato mix (almost boiling)
- Stir/cook about10 minutes & serve with a dollop of butter on top (if you like)
Rivlets (pea-sized dumplings)
- 2/3 cup flour in bowl (cut in butter if you like) add a pinch of salt
- Make a “well” in the flour and add 1 (stirred) egg to “well” and stir with fork until mix is moistened
- Make rivlets by rolling dough in fingers to make pea-sized clumps
This is an old & simple recipe, so adapt it as you like. Add sausage, celery, chives, etc. for variation. Enjoy!
Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops). Her young adult series (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her latest book Trading Secrets released October 21st.
She’s won a number of awards including Romantic Time’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion.
Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.