German lentil soup is a very hearty soup to be enjoyed during the winter or summer months.
My ham and lentil soup is great for when a filling, hearty lunch is required. The high protein content in lentils makes them an excellent subsitute for meat.
It is always a good idea to make sure lentils are washed thoroughly as sometimes they have small stones in them.
If you are using dried lentils, then soak these over night without salt to soften. They will need to be added to the pan with soup broth and cooked for 15 mins or as packet instructions.
If liked the thickness of the soup can be adjusted by adding more broth.
My recipe is with Spaetzle, but you can serve it with German style frankfurter sausages (Würst). These can either be cubed, sliced or served whole in the soup.
Enjoy my lentil soup recipe with ham - packed full of vitamins for the whole family to enjoy.
1/2 tsp sugar
3 dessert spoons flour
1 tin lentils (400g) or dried
water or broth
50g smoked ham
1 dessert spoon oil
Heat the butter in a large pan. Add the sugar and flour and heat through until light brown and smooth. Pour in the water from the tin of lentils and heat through for at least 15 mins. If necessary add more water or broth. If using dried lentils, they will need to be cooked at this stage.
Then add the lentils and the Spaetzle and heat through for 1 minute. Finally fry the cubed ham in oil until brown and then sprinkle over the soup.
Add salt and vinegar to taste.
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