Spanish Lentil Soup – Delicious

Spanish lentil soup

Spanish lentil soup – the perfect winter soup

Spanish Lentil Soup – The Perfect Winter Night Meal

I found the Spanish Lentil Soup recipe at the Spanish Table Website years ago and have tweaked it over time. Spanish lentil soup is a hearty meal and is perfect for a cold winter night. What makes it Spanish? It is the Spanish Chorizo, Spanish smoked paprika, and the Spanish Sherry vinegar.  The original recipe calls for Spanish pardina lentils, but I can rarely find them. I have settled on fancy green lentils as my favorite tasting lentil. More on lentils

Recipe for Spanish Lentil Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of your favorite lentils  – I use fancy green lentils
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large leek, white and light green part only – small dice
  • 2 large carrots – small dice
  • 4 oz. Spanish chorizo – I use Bilbao – small dice
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Chopped parsley
  • Spanish sherry vinegar

Instructions

  • Rinse the dried lentils in a colander
  • Cut the onion in quarters
  • Roughly chop one of the ribs of celery
  • Combine the rinsed lentils, bay leaf, onion and celery with the chicken broth in a soup pot
  • Bring the pot to a boil and then simmer for 30-45 minutes or until the lentils are soft
  • Remove and discard the bay leaf, onion and celery
  • In a separate 10-inch saute pan, add the olive oil
  • Saute the chorizo for two minutes
  • Add the leeks and carrots and saute for 8 minutes
  • Add the cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and  saute for two minutes
  • Add the ingredients in the saute pan to the pot of lentils.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes. If soup is too thick, add more chicken broth
  • Ladle the soup into warm soup bowls. Add some drops of the Spanish sherry vinegar and some chopped parsley to the soup.

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