Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Quarter one of the onions, cube 3 carrots and 2 parsnips into 1/2 inch cubes.
  2. 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.
  3. Boil until meat falls apart, about 2 hours.
  4. If it's not enough water, add some more water.
  5. Get meat, spices and vegetables out, discard the vegetables and reserve the meat.
  6. Finely chop the bacon and second onion and fry in a skillet until onions are slightly browned and bacon is crisp. Set aside.
  7. 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.
  8. Cube potatoes (about 1/2 inch thick) and add 15 minutes before end of cooking time.
  9. Cube the beef, add 10 minutes before end of cooking time along with the fried onion and bacon.
  10. Chop frankfurter and add, boil five more minutes.
  11. Season to taste with additional salt, pepper and / or Bragg's Liquid Aminos.
  12. Chop parsley and sprinkle over soup before serving.
Most Helpful

This is a great tasting soup we all enjoyed. I did not have the Braggs liquid aminos so I used gluten free soy sauce which worked perfectly. Also I did nor use parsnips.

queenbeatrice December 11, 2014

Oh, so good! I did change a few things though. No bacon and I used kielbasa for the sausage (frankfurters). I had forgotten how much I liked lentils! Thanks, Mia!

pammyowl December 03, 2012