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Traditional Basler Carnival Soup

Traditional Basler Carnival Soup
This simple roasted flour soup is traditionally consumed in Basle, a small city in Switzerland, during "Fasnacht" (carnival) after the Monday early morning kick off. Fasnacht lasts exactly three days, from 4 am on Monday morning to 4 am on Thursday.


  • 50 g flour
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 small onion, fine chopped
  • 2 dl white wine
  • 8 dl light broth
  • Salt, pepper (to taste)
  • 50 g Swiss cheese (= Emmentaler, the cheese with the big wholes) grated


  1. Roast the flour in a big iron pan; constantly stir with a wisk to equally roasted (approx. 10 min) until the flour is nicely browned (and not burned).
  2. Wisk the butter with a fork till it is soft and smooth and mix into the flour
  3. Add the onion
  4. Let it simmer for about 5 min (small flame)
  5. Add wine and broth and let cook on reduced heat for approx. 45 min
  6. Stir from time to time
  7. Add the salt and pepper and serve in preheated bowls
  8. Sprinkle cheese over the soup


Fasnacht Basel

Some Links for this tradition:

Basler Fasnacht Info

Fasnacht images, gallery


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