Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Posted by request. Adapted from "Authentic German Homestyle Recipes" by Gini Youngkrantz.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse lentils very well with cold water- pick them over and remove any nasty bits or pieces of stone.
  2. You can soak them overnight in cold water if you like, then drain before using.
  3. In a large stockpot, place drained lentils, 6 cups fresh cold water, bouillon cubes, and just half of the diced onion.
  4. Cook for 1 1/2 hours on medium-low heat, covered.
  5. Add the potatoes and cook until they are tender- 30-40 minutes approximately.
  6. In a small pan, melt the butter and saute the remaining onions until browned.
  7. Add the flour to the onions and stir until combined.
  8. Add to the soup, stirring constantly to combine.
  9. Add the vinegar and season with salt& pepper to taste.
  10. Optional:If you would like to add some meat to the soup, simply have pre-cooked sausages (you can even use German frankfurters if desired) sliced into small rounds and drop them into the pot during the last 15 minutes of cooking time.


Most Helpful

this is a hearty vegetarian soup, and tasted even better the next day. i blended some with a hand blender to thicken, but left enough chunks for texture. good for a cold winter day

chia January 28, 2003

Wow this was SOOO yummy. I added a little diced turkey ham (I'm on Weight watchers) and it was the perfect meal. My kiddos went nuts for it and all I did was add a few cooked elbow macaronis to their bowls!!! I'll make this again..and again and again!!!

CookbookCarrie April 03, 2003

Wow, incredibly delicious! It tastes fantastic even without meat. I have a feeling I will be making this very frequently! Thanks for sharing.

Autsayder August 18, 2010

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