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Linzen Soup

March 25, 2010

~ JP ~

When I was young, our family lived in Brussels. As one of five kids, we always did things in groups. One time however, mom and dad brought me along on a trip to Germany. It was just me (it must have been my birthday) and dad had business there. Somewhere along the way, we stopped at a wayside tavern for lunch. I couldn’t read the German menu and dad’s translations did not sound appetizing. I was at a loss until I saw a diner at another table served a deep bowl of something with sausage sticking out of the top. German sausage is wonderful stuff. I didn’t know (or care) what else was in the bowl – I wanted it. And as good as the sausage was, the soup was surprisingly good – and hearty.


Here’s our approximation of the recipe. We used one of Gene’s garlic double-smoked links – great stuff.


Linzen Soup (Lentil Soup)

In large soup pot saute`:

1/2 Pound Diced Raw Bacon

1 Pound Sliced Smoky Sausage – the stronger the better!

1 Large Diced Onion

4 Medium sized Diced Carrots

4 Diced Celery Stalks

3-4 Cloves Minced Garlic

Once fat has been rendered and onions are translucent add:

2 Cups Dry Lentils

8 Cups Beef, Chicken or Vegetable Broth

14-28 ounces Diced Canned Tomatoes

Let simmer on medium-low until lentils are al dente (40-60min) then add:

4-6 Medium Diced Potatoes

2 tsp Thyme

Let simmer until potatoes are soft.   With a potato masher, mash up the ingredients so that 3/4 of the potatoes are mashed.

Then add:

1 Tbsp Aged Red Balsamic Vinegar

Salt & Pepper to taste

Serve or refrigerate over-night and re-heat for optimal melding of flavors.  Optional to top each bowl with a dollop of Sour Cream

5 Comments leave one →
  1. foododelmundo permalink
    March 25, 2010 7:39 am

    and so began your life long love of ………hot dogs
    Great story – and one I’d never heard before.
    ~Mary

  2. Pat permalink
    March 25, 2010 9:25 am

    Great post, JP. Your recipe looks wonderful! And, your soup looks good too.
    What I remember of that soup in Germany was the great big sausage sticking way up out of the bowl. Their soup looked so blah I was surprised at how good it tasted! Yours looks delicious!

  3. March 25, 2010 8:57 pm

    excellent story and traditional soup love the pict and the flavors in this one~

  4. March 26, 2010 7:59 am

    Make a double batch and freeze half of it – good protein and hearty flavor, so its filling enough on soup & salad night. Lentils are so inexpensive; wish I’d known about them in college.

  5. March 26, 2010 12:51 pm

    This soup looks so nice. Lentil soup is one my favorite things to eat, and German sausage is ridiculously good. Glad you get to make something delicious that reminds you of a sweet childhood memory…

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