Cookbook:Lentil and Sausage Stew

Lentil and Sausage Stew
CategoryGerman recipes
Time1 hour

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This lentil and sausage stew is intended for eating with spätzle. It is a slightly modified recipe; the traditional one has no tomato and honey. But, as with many "national meals," there are different opinions. Try different variations until you get your own taste for it; the most important things for a traditional taste are the vinegar and the bay leaves.



Special equipment

  • Medium-sized pot
  • Small pot
  • Sieve




  1. Wash the lentils in sieve and cook them over low heat in the 1 litre of water for 40–50 minutes.
  2. About 20 minutes before the end of the cooking, add the carrot, onion, potatoes, garlic, sausages, bay leaf, and pork belly.
  3. After cooking, put the pot on the side and keep it warm.


  1. Melt the butter in the little pot, add the flour, and cook carefully until brown, stirring the whole time.
  2. Slowly and gradually add the ⅓ litre water, and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the tomato paste, vinegar, and honey. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Stir the sauce into the lentils, mix well, and keep warm.

Notes, tips and variations

  • Perhaps at first you will think, "how can vinegar go in this stew?"; you will be surprised how well it fits, so don't be shy with it. You can also serve additional vinegar along with the meal.
  • Before eating, pick out the bay leaves.
  • Like many stews, lentil stew should be re-heated and tastes better the next day.