Lentil Vegetable Soup with Smoked Pork Shanks

Linsensuppe mit Schweinefleisch
A healthy dish of lentils and vegetables with lean smoked pork from the shank and delicious spices and herbs. A wonderful dish that warms you up very comfortably during the cold months.
Course Soup
Region Berlin
Servings 8


  • 1 lb brown lentils
  • 2 smoked pork shanks cooked
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 small celeriac diced
  • 1 leek diced
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • fresh thyme and chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper


  • Pick over lentils and wash.
  • Sauté all vegetables for about 5 minutes. Add stock, smoked pork shanks and lentils. Bring to a full boil.
  • Reduce heat and cook at low heat for 1/2 hour.
  • Take out the pork shanks, remove the meat from the bone and cut into small pieces.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste. Present in soup bowls and garnish with fresh chopped parsley and thyme.
Recipe courtesy of Peter Schaffrath, Executive Chef Hay Adams Hotel, Washington DC