Eat like a German - German Recipe:
Lentil Soup ("Linsensuppe")

Lentil Soup (

Serves: 4 persons

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Lentil soup is a soup of lentils, served hot. It is popular all over the Middle East and Hungary, but also in Germany. Learn how to prepare this German specialty ...


  • 1 medium onion
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2lb+ lentils*
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • ½ C grape juice
  • red wine vinegar to taste **
  • ¾ tsp Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sausages ***

*250 grams, technically. It’s just over half of the one-pound package.

** or apple cider vinegar or just plain vinegar. It needs vinegar to give it just a hint of a bite.

*** It must be a pre-cooked type of link sausage, as it won’t cook in the lentil soup (Polish sausage works great) — it’s in there for the flavor.


Peel the onion and garlic cloves. Slice the onion in half. In a saucepan, combine these with the bay leaf and the lentils in a quart of cold water. Heat slowly on low heat about 35-45 minutes until the lentils are softened.

In another saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour. Stir on low heat until brown.

Remove the onion, garlic, and bay leaf from the lentil pan. Stir the water with the lentils slowly into the flour mixture. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Flavor to a zesty, slightly sharp taste with grape juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper. If desired, return the cooked onion and garlic to the soup.

Reduce heat and simmer soup for about 30 minutes, adding the sausages during the last 10 minutes, just to warm them. (Do NOT boil the soup again when the sausages have been added.)

Goes very well with Spaetzle or a good rye bread.

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