Grandma's Lentil Soup

My grandmother lived to a ripe old age of 99. She was brought up in the Pennsylvania Dutch area. Being frugal, she taught me this unusual way to make this lentil soup. It reminds me of the classic children's story "The Stone Soup".


  • 1 half bag uncooked lentil beans
  • 4 peeled and washed potatoes, cubed
  • 1 large onion studded with whole cloves
  • 6 hot dogs sliced thin
  • 2 quarts salted water, salt to taste


Clean and sort the lentils (remove any foreign matter). Add them to the salted water. Add the whole onion and cubed potatoes. Bring it up to boiling, stirring while coming to a boil. Let them simmer for up to an hour.

Finally, add the sliced hot dogs and bring it up to boil again. Allow to simmer for another 45 minutes. It will thicken up, adding some sliced carrots for some color is also optional.

Serve with some hot rolls, and enjoy a warm, wonderful, inexpensive, winter meal.

This will keep, refrigerated up to a week. You may have to add extra water when it gets too thick.

Servings: up to 8
Prep Time: 1/2 hour
Cooking Time: 2 hours

By Sandra Bridgeman from Montvale, NJ


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June 16, 20150 found this helpful

"The Stone Soup". I loved that story.
Marg from England.

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