Lentil soup – a typical cold season soup that makes you feel warm all over and provides you with a good, substantial meal. So many versions are out there: German, Spanish, French, Indian ones and so many more, I am sure – so this is my take on lentil soup. It’s fairly easy to make and not very time consuming, so definitely something for the newbie cook, but it will also surprise the gourmets amongst us since it is so tasty.
Ingredients for 4 servings:
1/2 white onion – chopped
5 slices of bacon – cut into strips
500ml of vegetable stock
3-4 carrots (depending on size) – chopped
2-6 firm cooking potatoes (depending on size – don’t use too many – the ones I use are not very big, so I use max. 6) – cut into cube-like pieces
1 jar of lentils (580gr gross weight – drained weight should be around 420gr but we don’t bother about that one since we make use of the liquid as well) or the equivalent of dried lentils soaked in water over night
1/2 leak – split in quarters lengthwise and chopped up
200gr Wiener sausages – cut into round, 3mm thick slices
salt & freshly ground pepper
2 TBSPs white wine or white balsamic vinegar (according to taste)
2 TSPs raw sugar (according to taste)
some parsley – chopped
some chives – chopped
Melt a piece of butter in a cooking pot, so all its base is covered; lower to a medium heat. Add the chopped up onion and stir. Add the bacon strips and mix with the onion. Let cook until slighly roasted. Add the chopped carrots and mix everything. Let it simmer for about 2mins. Add the vegetable stock, a pinch of salt and the potatoes, and bring to a boil. Let it boil during 7mins, then add the lentils (with their liquid), the leak and the Wiener slices. Let it boil until carrots and potatoes are fully cooked. Season to taste with salt, pepper, vinegar and raw sugar (the vinegar/ sugar combination is the big taste secret in this recipe). Add parsley & chives. Enjoy 🙂 !
Let the soup sit at least during 2hs to allow its taste to develop. Most soups and stews taste better the next day.
For a vegetarian version leave out bacon and use vegetarian sausages accordingly. For a vegan version use a high quality sunflower or rice bran oil instead of butter.