For my 10th birthday my parents took me on a three hour drive to Der Rheinlander restaurant, in Portland, OR, for my birthday. Very big hit. This savory soup was between the fondue and the main dish. It certainly woke up the appetite, I remember wanting more of everything.
In a large pot over medium high heat, combine the oil, bacon, carrots, onions and celery. Saute for 5 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Stir in the flour until it's dissolved and mixture is pasty.
Slowly add the water, stirring constantly. Then add the bay leaves, salt, lentils, beef base, thyme, nutmeg, white pepper and potatoes. Stir all together well, bring just to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours.
Calories: 220 | Total Fat: 11.1g | Cholesterol: 9mg