Nothing beats a good hearty Lentil stew with sausages and bacon in autumn/winter or any given rainy day to be precise.
If you do not like bacon or sausages, no worries, just leave it out. But please ensure to add the lovage as this will give this stew its unique taste. I am lucky as my mom has a lovage plant on her balcony which grows like a weed, it’s absolutely crazy. But I always get some to take home and freeze, so I always have some.
The region Swabia where I am from in Germany is famous for their lentil stew with spätzle and there are a lot of variations on it! Another favorite of mine is “sour lentils with spätzle”, which are made with vinegar.
My kids also love the lentil stew, so this is a family dinner winner for us, which I wanted to share with you. If you do not want the bacon or sausages inside as you prefer to eat vegetarian, just leave it out and it will still be delicious. But please make sure you do get some lovage as it gives it this yummy feeling in your belly.
Hearty Lentil Stew with Sausages and Bacon- what shall I serve with it?
I hope you and your family will love it as much as we do!
Lentil stew with bacon
simple but belly warming stew!simple
- 15 minutes
- 30 minutes
- 45 minutes
|250 g lentils|
|80 g celeriac|
|100 g leek|
|20 g tomato paste|
|1,5 tsp salt|
|120 g bacon|
|900 ml vegetable stock|
|10 ml cooking oil|
|25 ml red wine|
|4 frankfurter sausages|
|2 bay leaf|
|3 juniper berries|
|salt and pepper|
Steps of preparation
- Start with cutting all vegetables in bite sizes.
- Bring a big pot to high heat and add the oil.
- Add the onions, celeriac, leek, and carrots and let it get some colour.
- Add the lentils and the tomato paste.
- Let it caramelize and then add the wine and stir occasionally for 1 minute
- Pour in the vegetable broth and add the bacon and spices, except the salt.
- Let it simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes.
- When the lentils are cooked, add the salt and season to taste.
- Add the Frankfurter sausages (Wienerle) and let it rest for 5 more minutes.
- Season to taste and Bon appetit!