Linsensuppe (German Lentil Soup With Frankfurter Slices)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins

This recipe is from *Stroganov to Strudel* (Great Traditional Cooking From Germany, Austria, Hungary & the Czech Republic). Per the intro, "Soups are a favourite in this area, served either as a main meal or a starter. Hearty soups range from creamy Czech soups w/light dumplings, to the famous fruit soups of Hungary & chunky soups of Germany, such as *Lentil Soup* containing sliced frankfurter." If your kids are not entirely opposed to veggie-based soups, then the sight of frankfurter slices may well tempt them to happily eat this healthy soup as a 1-dish meal. (Nearly all the time given is cook time, but I also allowed 15 min for ingredient prep). *Enjoy* !

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse lentils thoroughly under cold running water (brown lentils don't need to be soaked b4 cooking).
  2. Heat oil in a lrg pan & gently fry onion for 5 min till soft. Add leek, carrot, celery, bacon & bay leaves.
  3. Add lentils & water to the pan & slowly bring to a boil. Skim the surface & simmer (half-covered) for 45-50 min or till the lentils are soft.
  4. Remove piece of bacon, cut into sml cubes (trimming off any excess fat) & return bacon cubes to the pot.
  5. Add parsley + frankfurter slices & season w/salt & pepper to taste pref. Simmer gently for 2-3 min, remove bay leaves & serve garnished w/the extra parsley.
  6. PERS NOTE: As I entered this recipe, I found myself wondering how the simmer time of 45-50 min might be adapted to crockpot use. If 1 among you is more practiced in this art, I'd appreciate that info. :-).
Most Helpful

This is very simple to make and tastes excellent over spaetzle (German noodles). I didn't have any leeks, so simply left this out. And I used chicken broth instead of water (a bit less so it was thicker on the spaetzle). This was almost exactly like the one my mother (who is 100% German) always made. Thanks!

AngelinaA October 07, 2009

Loved this, although I lacked some ingredients. Also added a handful of potato cubes for substance and a dash of white vinegar at the end.

hcvst May 19, 2011

My husband loved this. I thought it was way too runny and thin. If we make it again, I'll thicken the broth.

Paris D November 20, 2010