Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lentil Soup - Linsensuppe

One of the comfort foods of my childhood is Linsensuppe or Lentil Soup. My mother was an excellent cook (she cooked in a restaurant for many years) but she never wrote any recipes down. This is how I remember her lentil soup and it takes pretty close to the original.

Linsensuppe - Lentil Soup

1 cup lentils
8 cups water or stock
1 potato, diced
2 carrots, diced or sliced
2 ribs celery, diced or sliced
1 onion, minced
1 pound bratwurst
salt to taste

I don't feel that the lentils needs soaking since they are so small. I boil in the water for about 10 minutes. Then add the vegetables and continue simmering for about 20 minutes.

I take the bratwurst and remove the casing and make small meatballs and brown in a skillet. I believe it is also possible to simply boil the brats in the soup and then when done, remove the casing and slice into small bites and return to the soup. I like the taste and looks of the browned meatballs.

I then add the browned meatballs to the soup and continue simmering for another 10-15 minutes.

My mother would not approve of the shape of my meatballs because I am not a perfectionist when it comes to this task. But, they will taste the same. Unfortunately, I do not have the bratwurst I grew up with. In fact, I even like my childhood bratwurst better than what I can find in Germany. The Amana Meat Shop in Amana, Iowa, makes fantastic brats, but for today, I used Johnsonville which comes in a close second.


  1. This sounds perfect for a foggy winter day. I'll have to give Johnsonville brats a try.

  2. Susan, this sounds like a marvelous soup. I love the addition of the bratwurst meatballs. They must really give the soup a terrific flavor & texture.

    I'll have to scout around and see where I can find a good quality bratwurst. Many thanks...

  3. Hi Susan, Our weather has turned again today hasn't it? Yesterday was beautiful and now a Florida cold front. It is windy and cloudy here today so I am imagining that it is actually cold out and thinking that this soup would be just the ticket. love the meatball idea.

  4. This is one of my favorite soups, Susan. Lentils are so hearty and healthy. This is soup weather to be sure.

  5. I really enjoy lentil soup. The addition of bratwurst is really interesting and must add a unique flavor. Delicious!

  6. Great soup to make here in the heart of brat country! Most of the groceries have their "own" signature brats around here, we haven't found a favorite just like them all.

  7. We love Bratwurst too! Used to live in Germany with the Royal Air Force..and just recently went there, just had to have a Bratty, as us Brits would say...!

    Would you brown the little brat meatballs first or not?

  8. This sounds delicious! I love lentil soup. Adding bratwurst would be such a treat!