Chorizo Lentil Soup

We’ve had a couple of lentil soups lately and decided we could do better. Here’s the recipe.

Lentil Spices4 oz Chorizo, casing removed

1# bag of dried Lentils

Mirepoix = one cup of chopped onion + 1/4 cup of thin sliced Ready to Eatcelery + 1/4 cup of thin sliced carrot.

1/4 cup bacon chunks (lardons are fine, but really trim away the fat, really)

1 tbsp of roasted garlic, minced

White Pepper + Curry Powder + Ginger Powder + Coriander + Cumin in equal parts, total amount to taste (I used a tsp each to start).

1/2 -1 tsp crushed red pepper

1 four inch sweet pepper (yellow or red diced small)

Beef stock 1 to 3 cups + Water 3 to 1 cup + 1 tbsp of low sodium soy sauce per cup of water used

1. Brown chorizo in smaller than teaspoon size chunks. Do not cook completely. Remove sausage from pan and half soften the mirepoix with garlic and sweet pepper using the fat from the chorizo.

2. Wash the lentils and hand inspect for foreign material.

3. Place mirepoix+ in 4 qt slow cooker and wipe saute pan clean.

4. Return saute pan to the burner (no hotter than 400 deg F) and put dry seasonings in pan and toast until they begin to adhere to one another (from releasing oils). Immediately scrape these into the mirepoix+

5. Add the crushed red pepper, bacon bits and the lentils to the slow cooker.

6. Add the mixture of water and beef stock and soy that adds roughly to four cups. If this does not fully cover the other ingredients, add more water.

7. Cook on high for 2 hours. Then cook on low until lentils are at desired tenderness. Add water to cover as necessary.

8. An hour before serving check spices and adjust according to taste.
Serve with Naan or Pita or Injera firm enough to wipe the bowl.

Coming next a Lamb Curry based on a Jamaican shrimp pepper pot recipe (sans shrimp).

4 responses to “Chorizo Lentil Soup

  1. Yum. We have been doing curried lentils lately aboard but I will have to try adding a few of your spices. We heat the leftovers up in the morning and toss a fried egg on each bowl. It’s a great way to start the day.

    • Great! We had lentil fritter left overs with scrambled eggs with chopped leeks for breakfast this am. Looks like pounding rain here before long.

  2. I love making lentil soup… I’m looking forward to giving your recipe a try !!

    • Paul, great!
      One caution, we have recently discovered that low sodium soy sauce varies more in saltiness among brands than the traditional type. So I would also do the soy sauce “to taste.”

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