German Lentil Soup
A friend's mother brought this recipe to Santa Barbara, where Lydie Marshall and her family lived after emigrating from Germany. Lydie's friend, Inge Wilkinson, substituted olive oil and red bell peppers for the lard and for some of the potatoes. Warming Soup Recipes
The soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
For a memorably rich soup, substitute lard for the olive oil as in the traditional German recipe. Prairie Pride Farm sells leaf lard, the best kind of lard, which comes from around the pig's kidneys. Store the lard in the refrigerator or the freezer.
A rustic, earthy red with good fruit will harmonize with the earthiness of the lentils. Try wines from Corbières or Côtes-du-Rhône.