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Lentils with Spätzle and Sausages – a Swabian tradition

Since you as an English speaking blog guest might not know this amazing Swabian dish let me tell you a little story:
2 Swabians are sitting together on a bench. The first one asks “What is big?” – The second answers “An Elephant”. So the first one asks again “What is bigger?” – “The city of Stuttgart” answers the second. And finally the first one asks “But what is the biggest?” – “Lentils with Spätzle and Sausages!” (As big can also mean great in German) – Clip in German here

And that is why without further ado I am presenting you the recipe for one of my favorite dishes.



Recipe – Lentils with Spätzle and Sausages

Amount: 4 portions; time: 30 minutes preparation, 45 minutes cooking time

Recipe adapted from the great book: Die Schwäbische Küche



  • 500 g lentils
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Spätzle for 4
  • 2 onions
  • 30 g butter, separated
  • 20 g flour
  • 250 ml beef broth
  • 2-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper
  • 8 sausages (frankfurter or wiener)


Recipe – Lentils with Spätzle and Sausages


Wash 500 g lentils under running cold water in a sieve and bring to a boil in a pot with 1,5 L water and 2 bay leaves. Cook for 45 minutes.

Have 4 portions of spätzle at hand or prepare them while the lentils are cooking – Recipe.

Peel and half 2 onions and cut into fine stripes. Then caramelize them in a small pot with 10 g butter, salt and pepper. Afterwards set them aside.

Once the lentils only need 10 more minutes melt 20 g butter in the small pot. Then add 20 g flour and prepare a dark roux while stirring constantly (that means: the butter and flour will form a paste. It will at first be very light, but slowly turn dark after about 10 minutes of stirring. It is done once it has reached the color of milk chocolate).

Then stir in 250 ml beef broth with a whisk.

Drain the lentils, disregard the 2 bay leaves and add the lentils to your sauce.

Season with 2-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

Warm the 8 sausages and serve everything (Spätzle, lentils, onions and sausages) together.

If you are preparing this meal for 2 still stick to the amount in the recipe (you will need to clean everything anyways), because the lentils taste amazing the next day (store everything separate in the fridge and prepare the sausages fresh the next day).