I’ve been so blessed to have a partner that enjoys cooking as well. Lutz, my husband, has mastered the art of lentil soup. For those of you that love soup and eat lentils, this is it. I do believe it is all the rain on this RV trip that leads to our soup cravings, but it doesn’t need to be raining to eat this delicious, warm, spicy soup. Yes, spicy! Lutz likes his red pepper flakes and garlic 🙂
Lutz prefers to use meat with a bone so we get the morrow. You can make this vegan and vegetarian by omitting the meat. He always keeps the skin on the potatoes as well. He says we need to eat more dirt to stay healthy! I’ve read that before, I guess he has too.
When we’re home in Germany, Lutz cooks this on the stovetop in a soup pot for 3-4 hours. For the first hour, cook over medium heat, and then turn it down to low heat for the remaining time. When we’re camping and want to tour, we plug in the crockpot, set it on high to get it cooking, and then turn it down to low and take off for the day. We can practically follow the smell back to our campsite. When we open the door… “bam”! What an aroma.
LUTZ’S LENTIL SOUP
- 1 lb dried lentils or a mix of beans & lentils
- 1 big red/white onion roughly chopped
- 2 medium washed potatoes keep the skin on & diced 1-inch pieces
- 1 large carrot diced
- 1 garlic BULB yes, the whole thing diced
- 2 tsp Himalayan salt or more to taste
- 2 tsp red pepper flakes level...more if you like!
- 1 lb pork knuckles with a bone (if using, add a tsp of smokey paprika instead)
- 1 plus liter chicken broth or water more as needed
- Step 1 Chop and dice all the veggies.
- Step 2 Place all the ingredients into your crockpot. Fill with broth or water leaving 2 inches below the top of the crockpot or soup pot.
- Step 3 Set your crockpot on high until it is really hot (20 minutes). Turn to low and go! You can leave this on low for up to 6 to 8 hours. Make sure before you walk out that the water level is still 2 inches from the top.