Linsen & Spätzle

German Lentil Stew with Spaetzle

Learn how to make a German dish named “Linsen und Spätzle”. This lentil recipe is one of the most popular dishes in the south of Germany, especially in Baden-Württemberg where the famous Mercedes Benz and Porsche cars originate.

German Lentil Stew

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: German, Swabian
Servings: 8 Portions
Author: Angela Schofield


  • 10 oz. pork belly
  • 4 oz. bacon
  • 8 franks
  • 28 oz. green lentils
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 stalk of leek
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 large potato i.e. Russet
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 20 oz. homemade spaetzle


  • Peel and cube onion.
  • Clean and slice leek into fine slices. Rinse the slices and drain.
  • Peel and cube carrots.
  • Cut bacon finely.
  • Cut pork belly into 1-inch pieces.
  • Add butter to a pot on medium high.
  • Add onions, pork belly and bacon and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Rinse lentils, sort out bad ones and add to the pot. No soaking is necessary.
  • Add broth and spices, bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 min.
  • In the meantime, shred the potato.
  • Add the shredded potato and the vegetables to the pot.
  • Let simmer for about 20 - 30 more min.
  • Add the vinegar and the franks.
  • Allow to sit for 10 min. on minimum heat.
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