German Red Lentil Soup Recipe

A hearty red lentil soup recipe, aka rote Linsensuppe, is so easy to make. Once cooked, the red lentils take on a reddish-golden color and taste similar to yellow split pea soup. It's a staple in winter, but is good all year round. 

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes

Total Time

35 minutes


Makes 8 servings


  • 2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 8 cups water, hot or boiling
  • 2 cups rinsed red lentils
  • 3 bay leaves
  • pinch curry powder
  • Montreal Steak Spice (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 tablespoon Vegeta* Food Seasoning
  • smoked sausages or wieners (about 3 or 4)
  • salt, pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Sauté onions until translucent.
  2. Add carrots, celery and garlic. Continue sautéing for several minutes.
  3. Add hot water, lentils, bay leaves and pinch curry powder.
  4. Bring to boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 20 minutes or until lentils are soft and veggies are tender.
  5. Add sliced sausages or wieners. Simmer for a few minutes to heat the meat.
  6. Season with salt, pepper and Montreal Steak Spice.
  7. Remove bay leaves and serve.

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