German Lentil Stew With Noodles and Frankfurters

German Lentil Stew With Noodles and Frankfurters

Lentils, Spaetzle and Saiten is a classic German recipe. It's an easy recipe and, in a pinch, you can buy the Spaetzle instead of making your own.
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  • Serves: 12 persons



  1. Step 1

    Wash the lentils under cold water in a sieve, then pick them over and remove any debris.
  2. Step 2

    Place the lentils in a pot and cover with water. Add the 2 bay leaves and simmer for about 45 minutes, until the lentils are soft, but not until they fall apart. Make sure the lentils are always covered with water.
  3. Step 3

    Brown the bacon pieces in a hot pan. Add the onion, carrot, and leek, and cook the bacon until onion is translucent. Add the flour and cook, stirring until it takes on a golden brown color. Pour the broth over the flour, stirring constantly to make a roux .
  4. Step 4

    Drain the lentils and add them to the bacon and vegetables. Add the vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Step 5

    Make sure that everything is well mixed and heat for a few minutes before serving.
  6. Step 6

    Serve a nice portion of lentils on the same plate with fresh Spaetzle and Frankfurters, hot dogs or Saiten which have been thoroughly heated in simmering water or even grilled.
  7. Step 7

    You may also cook the lentils with smoked meat, then serve the meat with the meal. Another variation is to use red wine instead of broth. If you do that, go easy on the vinegar.