German Lentil Soup (Basic Recipe)

German Lentil Soup (Basic Recipe)

Course: SoupsCuisine: GermanDifficulty: Easy

Lentil soup is a common dish in Germany, with only slight variations between regions. Here is a basic version of the dish.


  • 500g Green Lentils

  • 500ml Water

  • 1 Onion

  • 3 Leeks

  • 3 Carrots

  • 1 Celery Root (Substitute with Potato)

  • 1L Beef Broth

  • 250g fatty bacon for frying

  • Several Frankfurter Sausages

  • 1Tbs wine vinegar

  • Salt, Pepper, and Sugar


  • Prepare the lentils for cooking. Originally this meant soaking them overnight, but most varieties today do not need to be soaked.
  • Dice the onion and chop the vegetables into small cubes
  • Bring the lentils to a boil in the water and broth, and add the vegetables
  • Simmer for about 30 minutes until the vegetables and lentils are soft. Add more water if necessary
  • On the side, cut the bacon into small pieces and fry until almost crispy, then add back to the lentil soup when ready
  • When the lentils have reached the desired level of softness, add the vinegar to stop the cooking and season with salt, pepper, and sugar
  • With each serving, add a Frankfurter on top, or cut the sausages up and add them directly into the soup

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