Lentil Soup

December 3, 2009

Lentil Soup

Yes, you do see bits of fried chorizo in the photo above. But leave it out if you want to keep it clean, it’s optional. This is a flavourful and hearty soup for these crisp winter days. It’s the type of stewish soup that seems to become more rich-tasting after a couple of days. I have found it to be an excellent soup to brown bag to work with. It doesn’t take very long to make as the lentils cook rather quickly. I like to use lentils du puy – they keep their shape and texture and don’t mush down.

Makes a lot – cut recipe in half if you don’t want a vatful

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 onions, diced

3 carrots, diced

3 ribs of celery, diced

6 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 cups French green lentils, called lentils du puy

8 cups vegetable or chicken stock, or water

1 teaspoon or more smoked paprika

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, or teaspoon dried thyme

black pepper

1 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped

optional: 3 types of Oyama chorizo, chopped and fried until crisp in a separate pan and drained

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add onions and let cook for a few minutes. Next, add the carrots and celery and cook until softened, about seven minutes. Add garlic and cook for a minute or two, then add the lentils, stock or water, smoked paprika, salt and thyme. Bring to a simmer and lower heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about half an hour. Taste-test a lentil, it should have a soft-not-too-firm texture. Finish with a few twists of black pepper and stir in the chopped flat leaf parsley. If you’re the type that will only eat lentil soup with crisped chorizo then, by all means, stir some in! Otherwise, this lentil soup is a hearty, healthy and protein-rich meal.

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9 Responses to “Lentil Soup”

  1. court e nay said

    looks great maybe i will add veggie sausage to mine to make it heartier. yum yum

  2. june said

    love lentil soup…never thought of making it more stew-like. thanks dawne!

  3. Julie said

    This would make a great lunch!

  4. katie said

    I would like a bowl of chorizo with a lentil garnish….DARN! Having trouble staying on that clean eating wagon!

  5. Enchanting. I like the simplicity of it, even though I’m a curly parsley fan.

  6. Holly said

    Dawne,
    I made this last night and I’m probably just being dumb but it took forever for the lentils to cook. What did I do wrong? I’ve never cooked with dried lentils before. Was I supposed to cook them first before putting them in the soup?

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