German Linsensuppe is a delicious and easy lentil soup recipe. In nearly every part of Germany people love to eat lentil soup in several variations. In Swabia or `Im schönen Schabenländle´ it is a tradition to eat Linsensuppe with sausage and a local pasta called Spätzle.
Lentils were eaten by the Greeks over thousand years before Christs birth. In India they have hundreds of different lentil species. Lentils are delicious, healthy and well known by cultures all over the world.
Nowadays lentils are only cultivated by a few framers in Germany, mainly in Swabia and Lower Bavaria.
Our easy lentil soup is a common and traditional recipe which Grandma cooks and Grandpa loves to eat. Or vice versa. 😉 And these are the ingredients you need to cook Linsensuppe:
- 500 g soaked brown lentils
- 200 g piece of streaky bacon
- 4 sausages, Wieners or Bockwurst
- 1/8 celery
- 6 potatoes
- 2 carrots
- 1 onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 leek
- 1 spoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon caraway
- 2 bay leafs
- 2-3 spoons vinaigrette, white, apple or balsamico
- a little bit of rosemary
- a little bit of thyme
- 1 spoon flour
- 1 spoon sugar
First of all you have to fry the streaky bacon cubes with the rind in a soup pot. Add all the vegetables and glaze all ingredients. Now you add the tomato paste and the flour. Glaze it gently till you have a delicious layer on the bottom of your pot.
Add salt, sugar, caraway, rosemary, thyme, pepper and half of the parsley. Now it is time to deglaze with water and give in the lentils.
The soup has to cook about an hour. Before serving it is time to add the rest of the fresh parsley. You can cook the sausages in the soup. Cut them into slices or do it on your plate.
Enjoy and Guten Appetite! 🙂