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German Slow Cooker Lentil Soup Recipe – Oma's Linsensuppe

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by: Gerhild Fulson  /  Cookbook Author, Blogger, German Oma!

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Here's a lentil soup recipe, aka Linsensuppe, you can put together quickly in the morning and come home to a delicious dinner. (This Oma just loves slow cooker soups!)  

You can make it a vegan soup or add some meat such as smoked sausage. Either way -- delicious! I like adding tomatoes, a great variation on the traditional lentil soup. If you want really traditional, omit the tomatoes. 

Slow cooker German lentil soup -- so good, so healthy, and so easy! This Oma just loves slow cooker soups!

Make this with or without meat. Smoked sausage is wonderful. A slab of smoked bacon with rind is fabulous. Check out the "a bit of this and a bit of that" at the end of the recipe for so many different ways to create your own slow cooker lentil soup recipe.

A bit of this and a bit of that ...

  • If you don't have vegetable stock, use water and vegetable bouillon cubes using the quantities on the bouillon package to make up 8 cups of stock.
  • Want some other flavors? The following are nice in this: cumin, coriander, turmeric, thyme, or oregano. Finish off with a bit of lemon juice or vinegar (that's German). Add 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro just before serving.
  • Add a bunch of chopped fresh spinach about 1/2 hour before soup is done for an extra punch of vitamins.
  • Traditionally, tomatoes and cauliflower are not part of this soup. Potatoes are.
  • Not vegetarian or vegan? Use chicken stock for a really rich flavor. Also Feta sprinkled on each serving is a treat. Add some smoked sausage or wieners for some hearty flavor!

My Way ...

  • I usually make this with some kind of meat broth ... adding smoked sausages.
  • However, if you're into some meatless meals, this one is an easy one to start with.
  • It's so healthy ... with protein from the lentils ... that you really won't miss the meat.
  • This is great with any number of veggies added.
  • Change the spices. Make it your own! Change the way you serve it ... with vinegar or honey!
  • I love using my Cuisinart multi-cooker slow cooker for this. However, you can cook it on the stove top as well. Plan for about 1 to 2 hours cooking time on a gentle simmer. 

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How to serve Lentil Soup ...

I grew up with adding a spoonful of vinegar to my bowl of soup. So good!

However, my Vati's Mutti would add a spoonful of honey to her bowl. Somehow I never could try it her way. I just loved my 'vinegary' taste too much :)

Are there any other things you add to your lentil soup? Let me know!


Oma says:

Looking for other bean soup recipes?

How about a red lentil soup? I've got a one that's so quick to make.

Red lentils will cook in about 1/2 hour and taste much more delicate than the green or brown. 


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German Slow Cooker Lentil Soup Recipe – Oma's Linsensuppe

Here's a lentil soup recipe, aka Linsensuppe, you can put together quickly in the morning and come home to a delicious dinner. (This Oma just loves slow cooker soups!)  

You can make it a vegan soup or add some meat such as smoked sausage. Either way -- delicious!

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

4 - 10 hours

Total Time

4 - 10 hours

Servings:

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups green or brown lentils
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower and/or cubed potatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 28-ounce can diced tomatoes (with juice) (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

  1. Wash lentils and pick over and remove any little stones, etc., if necessary.
  2. Place everything in slow cooker. 
  3. Cook on high for about 4 hours or on low for 8 to 10 hours or until lentils are soft.
  4. Check seasonings, adding more salt or pepper as needed.

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Slow Cooker Lentil Soup Recipe made Just like Oma



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Slow Cooker Lentil Soup Recipe made Just like Oma


Here's a lentil soup recipe you can put together quickly in the morning and come home to a delicious dinner. Make it vegan or add some meat. Either way -- delicious!


Ingredients: lentils, carrots, celery, potatoes, garlic, vegetable stock, diced tomatoes, seasonings, onion,

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