German Lentil Soup

By Berniw
December 24, 2012
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Author Notes: When I was growing up in Germany my mom made this for us all the time. I have made it now many years and it is always a hit with all. Enjoy. Berniw

Serves: 8

  • 2 Carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 Leek, washed and sliced thinly
  • 1/4 piece of celery root ( can omit )
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 Bag of lentils
  • 2 quarts of chicken stock and some water to top off
  • 1 or 2 splashes Vinegar (German - Essig Essenz) or japanese clear vinegar to taste
  • 1 packet Mild Polska Kielbasa sausage, cut up in pieces
  • 2 pieces Good quality Sliced bacon cut in pieces
  • 2 pieces Medium Yukon gold potatoes diced
  1. Start by cutting up two pieces of bacon and cook them until almost brown in a large soup pot.
  2. Cut up the following vegetables: 2 Carrots 1 Leek 1 small piece of celery root ( can omit ) 2 celery stalks 1 onion
  3. add vegetables to the rendered bacon and cook until slightly browned. Add 1 Bag of lentils and 2 quarts of chicken stock.
  4. Cook until lentils are done (about 20 min.) Add salt and pepper & Vinegar (German) to taste. Add 2 cut up potatoes after 10 min. of cooking. (Vinegar can be purchased from Ditmers in Los Altos, or ordered online. )
  5. Once lentils and potatoes are tender add one cut up Polska Kielbasa sausage for taste. One can also mash some of the potatoes a little which adds a little more body to the soup, but do so before adding the sausage. Another tip is to add a few sautéed diced onion until brown and top off soup. We make German crepes with apple sauce with this soup. Bon Appetite :)
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