Lentil Soup with a twist

Lentil soup, Linsen suppe

Throughout Germany, Lentil Soup has achieved the status of soul food. In this soup recipe, vegetables and smoked ribs enhance the flavor.

It is in the tradition of the ten thousand year history of the lentil, a number one protein supplier that has always been the determination of the star among legumes from a nutritional point of view.

Lentils with Wiener wurst and Spaetzle

The Wiener Wurst with the lentils is owned to the Swabian, and like the ribs, is becoming increasingly unpopular. A young and clever generation is rediscovering the lentil as an alternative protein source for meatless happiness

Once a week I cook a broth with chicken pieces for our doggies, so it has a little different twist. I used a Dutch Oven before, but graduated to the Instant Pot, see both recipes below. There is enough broth for all of us for a wholesome Lentil soup. Perfect comfort food for a cold and rainy day

Lentil Soup with a twist

Lentil Soup with a twist
Category: Soup
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Optional: Can be cooked with smoked pork chops. Also Wieners/ hot dogs can be added later.


  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 gloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (or bacon crease)
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 medium peeled potatoes cut in half
  • Smoked pork chop or thick bacon, or beef cubed (optional)
  • 5 cups chicken broth/vegetable broth (with chicken pieces, 5 cups water instead)
  • 1 to 1.5 cups dry lentils, depending on thickness
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp wine (optional)
  • Wiener Wursts (optional)
  • Parsley for garnish


  • Sear salted chicken pieces, remove. Fry the first five vegetables in the same pan in bacon crease or oil.
  • Add stewed tomatoes, lentils and 6 cups water. (or broth, chicken/beef cube).
  • Bring it to boil, then simmer covered for 70 minutes (15 min in Instant Pot)
  • At the end of the cooking time I season the soup with salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, wine vinegar, and some wine.


If using the Instant Pot: When cooking for us and the dogs I sear chicken thighs and vegetables, add water and a can of tomatoes. Add dry Lentils. Cook on high pressure with the chicken pieces (boned in) 15 minutes. Natural release 10 minutes. Season at the end with with salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, wine vinegar and some wine. Garnish with Parsley

Nutrition information

6 to 8 people
Serving Size: 1 bowl

Some Dutch ovens to choose from:

Lentil soup for my dogs

Sheltie Max left, rescue Cooper in the middle, and big sister Josie love my home cooking

My suggestion if you have dogs Separate half of the unseasoned soup and de-bone the chicken. It will be later mixed in with their regular dog food.

I have been living half of my life in Germany, then US, and traveling since then. My passion is cooking, painting and glass mosaic art. I try to re-create recipes I grew up with, or I tasted while traveling in Europe. Disclosure: As an Amazon Affiliate I earn a small commission if you click through and make qualifying purchases with no additional cost to you.

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