By Angelika Hanna
This is one of the “winter” recipes, I grew up with in Germany. I cooked it recently again, and it tasted like childhood to me.
One-pots are an in-between a soup and a stew, and they are typical German winter lunch or dinner recipes. A one-pot has less liquid than a soup but more liquid than a stew. It contains a variety of vegetables and herbs. It can be cooked with and without meats. Sometimes legumes are added. The base vegetable-herb mix ingredient in a one-pot is the “Suppengruen.” It consists of diced carrots, celery root, onions or leeks; and at least two of the herbs: parsley, thyme, and/or marjoram. Meat or sausage is sometimes added as an optional ingredient. I like the zesty flavor of some fried slices of smoked pork sausage on top of my lentil one-pot. I had half of a red Bell pepper sitting in my fridge and added it to my lentil one-pot this time. It wasn’t bad at all.
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: Approx. 1 hour 20 min
Total Time: 1 hour 50 min + time to soak lentils
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food
- 1 1/4 cup brown lentils (I use raw lentils and soak them over night in water before I cook my one-pot)
- 10 ounce diced cured pork belly (Raeucherbauch) – in Canada, I use pancetta.
- 1 large potato, finely diced
- 1 large onion finely diced or a medium-sized leek, cut into small slices
- 1 medium-sized carrot, finely diced; the same amount of a celery root, finely diced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme
- 1 tsp fresh or dried marjoram
- A few pinches of salt and ground black pepper
Optional: A few slices of fried, smoked pork sausage on top of the one-pot.
- Rinse raw lentils well through a sieve to clean your legume.
- Soak lentils in water so that lentils are well covered with water. Let sit over night.
- On the next day, transfer lentils with water into a medium pot. Bring to boil.
- In a frying pan, fry pancetta or Raeucherbauch until it releases fat and begins to brown, then transfer it into the lentil pot.
- Add spices: parsley, thyme, marjoram, salt and black pepper.
- Let simmer on low heat for about 45 min.
- Add onions/leeks, carrots and celery root.
- Let simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
- At last, add potatoes and let simmer on low heat for another 20 minutes. (I added my half Bell pepper in this one-pot at the same time.)
Approx. 10 min before the one-pot is cooked ready to be served, slice up a smoked pork sausage, and fry the slices in a frying pan until crisp.
On each serving, top the lentil one-pot portion with a few fried sausage slices.