Recipe by Mia in Germany
This is my version of German lentil soup. Depending on the lentils you use, the cooking time is something between 20 and 45 minutes. I don't soak the dried lentils overnight but just wash them and then boil them in the soup. Also I don't use normal bacon but turkey bacon. If you get beef shank for the meat, that's the perfect cut to prepare the stock, but other cuts suitable for stock are just as good. You can make the stock ahead the day before making the lentil,soup.
- 1 lb beef, for stock
- 4 carrots
- 3 parsnips
- 2 onions
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 quarts water
- 2 medium potatoes
- 3 ounces bacon
- 7 ounces lentils, dried
- 4 allspice berries
- 4 black peppercorns
- 2 bay leaves
- Braggs liquid aminos, to taste
- 1 bunch parsley, for garnish
- 4 frankfurters
Directions See How It's Made
- Quarter one of the onions, cube 3 carrots and 2 parsnips into 1/2 inch cubes.
- In a large stock pot, bring 2 quarts water, beef, salt, quartered onions and cubed carrots and parsnips, bay leaves, allspice berries and peppercorns to a slow boil.
- Boil until meat falls apart, about 2 hours.
- If it's not enough water, add some more water.
- Get meat, spices and vegetables out, discard the vegetables and reserve the meat.
- Finely chop the bacon and second onion and fry in a skillet until onions are slightly browned and bacon is crisp. Set aside.
- Add lentils to stock, bring to a boil. Meanwhile, cube remaining carrot and parsnip into 1/2 inch cubes. Depending on how long the lentils need to boil (20 to 45 minutes), add the vegetables 20 minutes before lentils are done.
- Cube potatoes (about 1/2 inch thick) and add 15 minutes before end of cooking time.
- Cube the beef, add 10 minutes before end of cooking time along with the fried onion and bacon.
- Chop frankfurter and add, boil five more minutes.
- Season to taste with additional salt, pepper and / or Bragg's Liquid Aminos.
- Chop parsley and sprinkle over soup before serving.