Recipe by buzzonesbirdie
This is one of my all time favorite soups. It is thick and hearty. It is a recipe that I grew up with. You can tinker around with it, but I have always loved that it is so simple. I have guessed at the prep time and cooking time as the soup can simmer for a while after it is done. Can omit wurst and sub vegetable broth for chicken if you want to make it vegetarian.
Top Review by ChiefCook&BottleWasher
I love the flavor and will make this soup again, thank you for posting this recipe! I only gave 4 stars due to the fact that I had to work with this recipe and make decisions as to; when do I add the bacon? Do I simmer with a lid on or off? (I cooked lid on) How did you cook the bratwurst? I think bratwurst can be purchased pre-cooked but the kind I buy is raw from my local butcher so I am not sure which kind you meant to use in the recipe. Also I had to add 5 cups of additional liquid and that still made a thick soup. Still and all I liked it very much and do not want to discourage anyone from giving this a try.
- 1 (16 ounce) bag brown lentils
- 4 potatoes, diced and peeled
- 2 large carrots, diced and peeled
- 4 cups chicken broth (may need more or can use some water too)
- 5 pieces bacon (cooked and broken up)
- 6 bratwursts
Directions See How It's Made
- Add first 3 ingredients to a large pot.
- Add 3 cups of broth.
- Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until everything is tender.
- You may need to add some more broth or water as it is absorbed.
- 30 minutes before you want to serve it add the wurst or hot dogs if you wish and let them cook through.
- Serve with hearty bread and a salad.