Maybe I should rename this month and call it the January Soup month. It seems I am cooking more soup than I am baking bread. I shall attempt to make more bread or buns, but for now, lets stick with this soup. It’s another one of my favourites, I guess that’s what I made it last weekend for the family. It’s also fairly simple.
This recipe comes from “Kochen – Ein Rezeptbuch für alle Leute, die mit Leidenschaft backen und brutzeln, kochen und mixen und … essen” by Buchverlag für die Frau. In English: “Cooking – A Recipe Book for all People, who bake and fry, cook and mix and … eat with a passion” by the Book Publisher for Woman”. You will find the recipe on page 221.
– 350g lentils (dry)
– 1 tbsp. margarine, butter, or some bacon
– 2 onions (average size), diced
– 2 stems of leek, sliced
– 2 carrots, sliced
– 1 bay leaf
– 2 cloves or clove powder
– 750g potatoes, diced
– 250g cooked ham (or European Wieners)
– 2 Bavarian smokies (not too much fat)
– 500 ml beef broth
– 1 tbsp. tomato paste
– vinegar and sugar
If you use dried lentils you need to soak them over night in sufficient amount of water. Since I had none I used two cans of lentils (about 1000ml).
Prepare all ingredients, chop the onions, carrots and potatoes. Slice the leek and smokies and dice the ham.
Heat the fat in a pot and lightly brown the onions. Then add the leek and carrots and let them sweat for 10 min. Then add the lentils including their liquid as well as bay leaf, clove, thyme and some salt. Mix in the beef broth and tomato paste. Let this cook for 15 min before adding the potatoes, ham and smokies. Cook the soup for another 15 min after which you check the softness of both lentils and potatoes.
The soup is typically served with a bit of vinegar and sugar, the amount depending on your own liking.
My Canadian family tried the soup without it first but my husband and sister in law where bold enough to try it with vinegar and sugar, and liked it. Frankly, my husband was much surprised how it changes and enhances the taste. *see, I knew it* It is an odd combination but really worth trying it.