Lentil and Chorizo Soup

I bagged this spicy soup out of OH’s Metro (with a small adaptation). It’s got enough substance to make a filling supper or lunch, especially if you serve it with some crusty bread or Focaccia.

soup in bowl with garnish of leaves and yoghurt

To make the lentil and chorizo soup, you will need

  • 1 tin of lentils (green, 400g)
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 large chopped onion (or use a generous handful of frozen pre-chopped onion)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Shake of pepper
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 150g pearl barley
  • 500ml good quality chicken or vegetable stock
  • can chopped tomatoes (200g)
  • 100g chorizo
  • Spices, recipe says paprika (1 tsp), cumin (half tsp), coriander seeds (half tsp). I used all of these, and also added a teaspoonful of garam masala, but then I like my food spicy!

To serve (if desired)

  • A few chorizo slices
  • Plain yoghurt
  • Coriander leaves (shredded)

To make the lentil and chorizo soup is easy.

  1. Heat olive oil (20ml or enough to cover the bottom of the pan) on a low heat. Saute the onion, carrot and garlic. I use a large deep stock pan.
  2. Add the spices and stir-fry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add the pearl barley, tomatoes, and stock.
  4. Season with the salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Chop the chorizo and add to the pan.
  6. Drain and add the lentils.
  7. Add the spices. Mix.
  8. Simmer for about 40 minutes, until the barley is soft.
  9. Remove and liquidise (not strictly necessary, but if not liquidising, make sure you chop the vegetables finely and cut the chorizo into very small pieces…it makes a great broth-type soup).
  10. Garnish with coriander and some of the left over chorizo. Add a drizzle of plain yoghurt if you want to take out some of the heat!

This recipe gives enough for four servings.

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About sarah

Old enough to know better, still young enough not to care. Property lawyer, sometime developer, writer and mother, coffee lover and cat-napper. I blog about life as a mum in North Wilts.
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14 Responses to Lentil and Chorizo Soup

  1. This looks delicious! I love lentils, chorizo and pearl barley so I am sure to love this! #tastytuesdays #recipeoftheweek

  2. I love the sound of lentils with chorizo, this looks like a really tasty soup. #recipeoftheweek

  3. Corina says:

    It sounds really delicious – I used to occassionally get recipes out of the Metro when I was commuting. I think there might be a slight mistake in step 7 though – you mean the spices?

    • sarah says:

      Thanks Corina. My mistake (again). I am a hopeless proof reader….on screen at least. I love your turtle cake, just tried to post but my comment seems to be lost in the ether.

  4. Mel says:

    Chorizo and lentils? This is my kind of recipe! I would never have thought of putting these ingredients together, and it sounds like a tasty, warming recipe. I will definitely be trying this soon. Pinning now. Mel #TastyTuesdays

  5. I love soups and I adore recipes that have chorizo in them win win :) , thanks for sharing #tastytuesdays

  6. Honest Mum says:

    One of my all time favourite soups and as husband is a pescatarian, I omit the chorizo and add chickpeas for more protein! Yum. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  7. Thank you for sharing, we love our soups and going to try this x

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