German Lentil Soup

"Posted by request. Adapted from "Authentic German Homestyle Recipes" by Gini Youngkrantz."
photo by teresas photo by teresas
photo by teresas
photo by HeatherFeather photo by HeatherFeather
photo by HeatherFeather photo by HeatherFeather
Ready In:
2hrs 15mins




  • Rinse lentils very well with cold water- pick them over and remove any nasty bits or pieces of stone.
  • You can soak them overnight in cold water if you like, then drain before using.
  • In a large stockpot, place drained lentils, 6 cups fresh cold water, bouillon cubes, and just half of the diced onion.
  • Cook for 1 1/2 hours on medium-low heat, covered.
  • Add the potatoes and cook until they are tender- 30-40 minutes approximately.
  • In a small pan, melt the butter and saute the remaining onions until browned.
  • Add the flour to the onions and stir until combined.
  • Add to the soup, stirring constantly to combine.
  • Add the vinegar and season with salt& pepper to taste.
  • Optional:If you would like to add some meat to the soup, simply have pre-cooked sausages (you can even use German frankfurters if desired) sliced into small rounds and drop them into the pot during the last 15 minutes of cooking time.

Questions & Replies

default avatar
Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. chia2160
    this is a hearty vegetarian soup, and tasted even better the next day. i blended some with a hand blender to thicken, but left enough chunks for texture. good for a cold winter day
  2. CookbookCarrie
    Wow this was SOOO yummy. I added a little diced turkey ham (I'm on Weight watchers) and it was the perfect meal. My kiddos went nuts for it and all I did was add a few cooked elbow macaronis to their bowls!!! I'll make this again..and again and again!!!
  3. Autsayder
    Wow, incredibly delicious! It tastes fantastic even without meat. I have a feeling I will be making this very frequently! Thanks for sharing.
  4. teresas
    Very tasty. This is the first time we had potatoes in our lentil soup. We are split on liking the potato and not liking it in the soup. I made it with smoked ham shank ends. Yum! Thanks for posting. :)
  5. cjkuep
    Also great with cut up Hot dogs



Find More Recipes