This is modified from Kate Rodriguez's recipe on suite101. She says that "One of the most popular and enduring dishes in Germany is lentil stew (Linseneintopf), a tasty blend of lentils, vegetables and broth, adaptable to different tastes." I say: it's veggies and lentils! (Meat is only optional, and you'll find this dish quite satisfying without!)
- 1 cup green lentil (uncooked)
- 6 -7 cups water
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 spring onions, white and greens chopped
- 2 potatoes, cubed (small)
- 2 carrots, diced (again, only peel if desired)
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 -3 vegetable bouillon cubes
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 -8 sausages, precooked (wieners, knackwurst, bockwurst, etc.)
- Bring the lentils with 3 cups of water to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for about 25 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
- In a soup pot over medium heat, saute the onion and spring onion in canola oil for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add the potatoes, carrots and celery and saute 3-4 minutes.
- Add 3 more cups of water and the stock cubes. Cover the pot, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes, till the lentils and vegetables are completely cooked. Add the final cup of water, if needed to reach desired consistency.
- If preparing the omnivorous version, drop in the sausages, and continue simmering for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in nutmeg, to taste, along with the vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
- Lentil stew is usually served with bread or rolls. White vinegar is also offered at the table for those who want a stronger sour flavor in their soup.
A very simple and satisfying, good for you, type of soup. Easy and quick to prepare as well. Don't open a can of soup, make this instead! I think you could even do away with using 2 pots and just cook the lentils along with everything else. Use a good tasting broth otherwise you might be wanting for some extra flavour. I always love the addition of vinegar to lentil soup, reminds me of that part of the world for sure. Thanks White Rose Child, we all enjoyed this, children included.
ZWT6: Made as directed - my husband loved it - thank you for sharing!
This was a nice satisfying soup. I followed another reviewer and halved the sausage. I also cut them into pieces, not sure if that was intended or not. I think in step 3 you must be adding step 1 and 2 together, but it is also missing from the directions. I loved the potatoes in this soup!