Friday, March 23, 2012

Lentil Soup

Makes: 6 servings

Cost per serving (Heidelberg): ~€0,73

Calories per serving: ~216

  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 package soup greens (or: 1-2 carrots, 1-2 leeks, 1 stalk celery or chunk celeriac, parsley), all finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour (or other thickener)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 4 Bockwurst, Frankfurter, or other smooth sausages, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • salt
  • pepper
In a large pot, bring water to a boil.  Add lentils, bacon, and all soup greens except parsley.  Simmer, partially covered, for 30-40 minutes.

Meanwhile (with ~15 minutes remaining on the timer), saute chopped onion in oil in a skillet until soft.  Sprinkle the flour over the onion, lower heat, and stir constantly until the flour turns light brown - without burning it.  Stir in ½ cup hot lentil soup and beat with a wire whisk until well-blended.  Beat in vinegar.

Add the contents of the skillet to the lentil pot and stir.  Cover and simmer 30 minutes or until lentils are soft.  Add sausages, ketchup, parsley, salt, and pepper (to taste).

Serve hot!

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