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Lentil and Chorizo Soup (Lentejas con Chorizo)

Lentil and Chorizo Soup (Lentejas con Chorizo)

A small restaurant on the road from Madrid to Jaén serves incredible lentil and chorizo soup. It might be my “favorite bite” of this trip. 


  • 1 3/4 cups lentils
  • One cured chorizo (about 9 ounces), sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
  • One large potato, peeled and diced 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • Water or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon Spanish smoked paprika (pimentón)
  • Extra virgin olive oil for sautéing, plus extra for drizzling
  • Salt to taste 


Step 1

Wash the lentils and remove any debris. Place the lentils, chorizo, whole garlic cloves, carrots, and potatoes in a large pot. Pour in enough water or vegetable stock to cover the ingredients by three ngers. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Let cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally. 

Step 2

Fry the onions in a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until slightly browned, then add the Spanish paprika. Add the onions to the lentils and salt to taste. Cook for 45 minutes. Remove the garlic cloves; squeeze the garlic from its skin, and mash. Return the garlic to the pot. Serve immediately with extra olive oil for drizzling. 

Serves 6Recipe adapted from