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
Carrots peeled and diced
Leek, washed and sliced thinly
of celery root ( can omit )
Bag of lentils
of chicken stock and some water to top off
1 or 2 splashes
Vinegar (German - Essig Essenz) or japanese clear vinegar to taste
Mild Polska Kielbasa sausage, cut up in pieces
Good quality Sliced bacon cut in pieces
Medium Yukon gold potatoes diced
In This Recipe
Start by cutting up two pieces of bacon and cook them until almost brown in a large soup pot.
Cut up the following vegetables:
1 small piece of celery root ( can omit )
2 celery stalks
add vegetables to the rendered bacon and cook until slightly browned.
Add 1 Bag of lentils and 2 quarts of chicken stock.
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. )
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 :)
To see images step by step : http://www.walk4jc.com/walk4JC/My_Recipes/Entries/2011/12/29_German_Lentil_Soup.html