This is the best French Country Soup! From the Alsace area of France, where they know a thing or two about healthy, country cooking, this soup is soul-warming, and so easy to make.  Long ago we had this in France, I’ve updated the recipe a little.  I’m in Europe this week and next…so I thought you’d enjoy this post with some photos from Alsace.






Alsace, France, is a beautiful area, it shares a border with Germany, and like most of the small countries in Europe, the borders have changed back and forth between neighbors over the centuries.





This area is “Germanic” in feel, with the same charming houses and landscape as you will find in Germany.  It is everything charming, picturesque and exactly what we want France to be.



The one thing that surprises me again and again, no matter how many times I go to Europe, is how OLD everything is here. Old, ruined castles dot the landscape, as well as homes and buildings that have the most interesting architectural details.






Fall is the best time to shop the farmer’s markets in France, and everywhere else. {I wish I could take all this bounty home with me..unfortunately, no vegetables or fruits are allowed back into California.}







I’ve shared this recipe before, but it’s such a great recipe to have in your “go to list” of things to make, that I’m sharing it again for my new readers.



Since the table was already set up for my FALL HOME TOUR, I decided to invite some friends over for a simple dinner before we left for our trip.






I used an antique French fish steamer to fill with pumpkins and hydrangeas from the garden, I added in a few fall “faux” picks for extra interest.






We are huge soup eaters at FrenchGardenHouse, and I love nothing more than serving this to family, friends, or just the two of us at home. {ps. for those of you who have waited, I’ve restocked the Napoleonic Linen Napkins in the store}



A bowl of this FrenchGardenHouse soup has  old world taste.  It tastes like it cooked all day, but doesn’t take that long. It uses the freshest ingredients, and is actually better the next day, if you want to plan ahead!






Alsace wine is famous worldwide, their Rieslings and Gewurtztraminer wines are perfection.



Round out this fall meal with crispy bread, either a loaf you warm in the oven, or little baguettes that you can bake at home.



Country French Vegetable Soup Alsace
Serves 4 ~ 6


4-5 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped
shallot, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 cup sliced celery
½ lb. mushrooms, sliced
1 medium potato, peeled and diced
2 medium turnips, peeled and diced
28 oz. chicken stock
1/8 teaspoon marjoram leaves
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup half and half or milk
Sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
Chopped fresh parsley or chives


Make It:

1. Melt the butter in a 3 quart pan placed over medium heat. Add the onion, shallot, carrot, celery, and mushrooms and sauté until onion is tender. Remove half the mushrooms with a slotted spoon; set aside.

2. Add the potato, turnip, stock, and marjoram. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat, simmering about 20 minutes, or until turnip and potatoes are tender.

3. Add lemon juice, reserved mushrooms, and the half and half or milk. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Garnish with chives or parsley.



What is your favorite soup for Fall?

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