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Soul-satisfying lentil soup from Germany's wine country

  • Ulrike's frankfurter and lentil soup.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Ulrike's frankfurter and lentil soup.

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By Linda Gassenheimer
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
  • Ulrike's frankfurter and lentil soup.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Ulrike's frankfurter and lentil soup.

Sitting on a hilltop overlooking the vineyards of the Kurger-Rumpf winery nestled in the rolling hills of the Pflaz area of Germany, I was thrilled by the scenery and the sumptuous spread laid out before me.
In this idyllic setting, I had a hearty and delicious frankfurter and lentil soup after a sunny morning of picking grapes for the harvest.
Ulrike Baum, one of my lunch companions, told me that this is a typical soup of the region.
"It gives us fuel after work in the vineyards," Ulrike said.
It's a one-pot meal that will brighten an evening dinner.
The soup has onions, carrots and celery. Ulricke's hint here is to grate or chop these vegetables so that they will cook faster.
Frankfurters were served with the soup to make this a complete and satisfying meal. Look for lean frankfurters with about 20 calories of fat in a 50 g serving as listed on the nutritional label.
This meal contains 584 calories per serving with 37 percent of calories from fat.
Ulrike's frankfurter and lentil soup
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup coarsely chopped or grated onion
1 cup coarsely chopped or grated carrots
1 cup coarsely chopped or grated celery
4 cups water
1/2 cup dried lentils
1/2 pound lean frankfurters, cut into 1-inch slices (about 11/2 cups)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 cup chopped parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 slices German-style dark bread

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and saute 5 minutes. Add the water and bring to a rolling boil. Slowly add the lentils so that the water continues to boil. Cover and boil 15 minutes. Add the frankfurters and vinegar and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add the parsley and pepper to taste. Frankfurters contain salt. Taste the soup before adding more salt. Serve with the bread. Makes 2 servings.
Per serving: 584 calories (37 percent from fat), 24.3 g fat (8.6 g saturated, 19.7 g monounsaturated), 50 mg cholesterol, 31.2 g protein, 62.0 g carbohydrates, 21.5 g fiber, 1180 mg sodium.
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