Kohlrabi with White Sauce

Kohlrabi with White Sauce

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    25 m
  • Ready In

    40 m
Valerie S.
Recipe by  Valerie S.

“When I was a nanny in Germany, this recipe was one I'd make often for the family. Tender kohlrabi cubes drenched in a creamy white sauce with a hint of nutmeg is a simple, mild, but flavorful side dish. Try this sauce over baked or fried potatoes, too.”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. Place the kohlrabi and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a saucepan. Cover with water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until kohlrabi can be pierced with a fork, but remains firm, about 5 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of cooking water. Place kohlrabi in a bowl, and cover.
  2. Place the butter into the same saucepan, and melt over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, and stir until the mixture becomes paste-like and golden brown. Gradually whisk the milk and reserved cooking water from the kohlrabi into the flour mixture, stirring until thick and smooth. Stir in the cream, 1 teaspoon salt, nutmeg, white pepper, and parsley until well blended. Continue whisking until sauce thickens, then cook 10 minutes more. Stir in the kohlrabi, tossing to coat evenly with sauce.

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Valerie S.

Valerie S.

I submitted this original recipe, and I want to warn you that the amounts of nutmeg and pepper were too much (compared to my original recipe)!!! This is definitely a taste-as-you-season sauce! Start with 1/4 tsp. of each and build up from there as you taste! Thanks for trying my recipe :) As with any recipes on this site, it's a good idea to use your own judgement when it comes to any ingredients--it's also nice when people put tips for improvements in their posts!



"Kohl" is german for cabbage and "Kohlrabi" is a german word. Thus saying, kohlrabi will taste like cabbage or Broccoli... Great recipe - just like we do it here in Germany. I didn't put any cream in or did I let the sauce cook the extra 10 min. After the sauce thickened enough, I put in the kohrabi. The extra flavor in the sauce comes from using the drained cooking water for it!



Today was 'try a new vegetable' day. This dish was very tasty, and the nutmeg was indeed a nice touch. I steamed mine for 8 minutes instead of boiling, but I don't think it would make a huge difference. I didn't have any cream but didn't substitute anything either. I eyeballed everything in the sauce, pretty much, but the quote from the husband is "hardly ever does a vegetable taste that good". It seems to have a cabbage-like flavor over potato-like texture. I'll be saving this and will serve it to company at next chance. A warning to those who are new to the lumpy purple thing like me: there were some infrequent fibrous bits present, which I attributed to my being a kohlrabi-peeling novice.

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 91 cal
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 5.8 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs
  • 8.2 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 487 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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