German lentil soup

    8 hours 10 min

    A quick lentil soup with ham, fragrantly spiced with caraway and nutmeg. Tastes great the next day and freezes well too.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 400g (14 oz) dried brown lentils, rinsed and drained
    • 750ml (1 1/4 pints) chicken stock
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 3 medium carrots, chopped
    • 2 stalks celery, chopped
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 150g (5 oz) cooked ham, cubed
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon caraway seed
    • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
    • handful chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:8hr  ›  Ready in:8hr10min 

    1. Place lentils in a 5 to 6 litre slow cooker. Add chicken stock, bay leaf, carrots, celery, onion and ham. Season with Worcestershire sauce, garlic, nutmeg, caraway seed, celery salt, parsley and pepper.
    2. Cover, and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving.


    You can also make this soup in no time using a pressure cooker. Just cook for 10 to 12 minutes once you've built pressure, and use the Quick Release Method (or follow your manufacturer's instructions for lentils).

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    Altered ingredient amounts. Due to personal preferences to somewhat stronger food, I've tweaked the recipe. I've tripled a ham, doubled the onions, quadrupled the garlic, added 3rd stalk of a celery, and extra 1dl of the water to compensate. I've saved fat peaces from a ham, and fried them to render fat out. That gives that fantastic smoked richness to the whole dish. Then I've fried shortly ingredients, adding them one by one with a minute between - onion, garlic, carawey seeds, nutmeg, carrots then celery - to extract their full sweetness and integrate flavors. I've used plain water - plenty of the fat, celery and salt already in the dish, there is no need to add any more flavors. Result was over the top! It was all gone in less then 15 minutes, and kids finally agreed on liking the same dish  -  25 Apr 2011


    Used different ingredients. I thought it was a little bland so I used sausage instead of ham and added a tin of chopped tomatoes and a tablespoon of cider vinegar. Now that's a great lentil soup!  -  24 Jul 2008


    Used different ingredients. Added a tin of chopped tomatoes, a little oregano 4 cloves of garlic and some sliced frankfurters. Lovely dish.  -  05 Jul 2011