Lentil Soup - Linsen Suppe

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

I grew up on this soup, and still enjoy it today. Great cold weather food, and tastes even better the next day.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pick over lentils and wash.
  2. Dice bacon, and render in large pot to accommodate all ingredients.
  3. Sautee onions, carrots, and celeriac or celery leaves about 5 minutes.
  4. Add stock on lentils.
  5. Bring to a full boil.
  6. Reduce heat and cook for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  7. Can also be cooked in a Crockpot about 4-5 hours on medium, 6-8 hours on low.
  8. Add sausage or smoked ham cut into bite size pieces.
  9. Optional: Melt lard or margarine or butter and caramelize the coarsely chopped onion, individually add to lentils at the table.
  10. Vinegar can be added to personal taste at the table also.
  11. Sourdough bread with caraway seeds is a great accompaniment.


Most Helpful

This is as close to my mother-in-law's recipe as I could find. We make a huge pot every New Year's Eve and let it simmer until midnight. The tradition is that for every lentil you eat, it's another penny you'll earn during the year. We freeze leftovers and eat it throughout the winter. I use regular, chopped celery; and we put cocktail smokies in the soup instead of sausage. Thanks for posting.

Robs415 October 10, 2009

Extremely tasty! Worth a little extra time to put together. I added a stalk of celery and added the ham with everything else in the crockpot. We came home to a delicious, hearty soup! Thanks!

darthlaurie September 07, 2004

Almost as good as my Wifes'(a few differnt ingredients) Still very good. My wife was from Germany and was taught by her mother. I went from 168 LBs to over 200 due to their cokking and the beer. I liked the Suppe

Robert Kaldunski June 21, 2003

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