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* !
- 1 cup brown lentils
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 onion (finely chopped)
- 1 leek (finely chopped)
- 1 carrot (finely diced)
- 2 celery ribs (chopped)
- 4 ounces lean bacon
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 1⁄4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped, plus extra to garnish)
- 8 ounces frankfurters (sliced)
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- Rinse lentils thoroughly under cold running water (brown lentils don't need to be soaked b4 cooking).
- Heat oil in a lrg pan & gently fry onion for 5 min till soft. Add leek, carrot, celery, bacon & bay leaves.
- 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.
- Remove piece of bacon, cut into sml cubes (trimming off any excess fat) & return bacon cubes to the pot.
- 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.
- 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. :-).
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!
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.
My husband loved this. I thought it was way too runny and thin. If we make it again, I'll thicken the broth.