Red lentil & chorizo soup

Red lentil & chorizo soup

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(45 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 6
Sweet smoked paprika and cumin flavour this rustic blend topped with spicy Spanish sausage

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal260
  • fat13g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre7g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 200g cooking chorizo, peeled and diced



    A coarsely textured spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 1 large onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 carrots, chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • pinch of cumin seeds
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika, plus extra for sprinkling
  • pinch of golden caster sugar
  • small splash red wine vinegar
  • 250g red lentil
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomato
  • 850ml chicken stock
  • plain yogurt, to serve



    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the chorizo and cook until crisp and it has released its oils. Remove with a slotted spoon into a bowl, leaving the fat in the pan. Fry the onion, carrots and cumin seeds for 10 mins until soft and glistening, then add the garlic and fry for 1 min more. Scatter over the paprika and sugar, cook for 1 min, then splash in the vinegar. Simmer for a moment, then stir in the lentils, and pour over the tomatoes and chicken stock.

  2. Give it a good stir, then simmer for 30 mins or until the lentils are tender. Blitz with a hand blender until smooth-ish but still chunky. Can be made several days ahead or frozen for 6 months at this point. Serve in bowls, drizzled with yogurt and olive oil, scattered with the chorizo and a sprinkling of paprika.

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Emily Russell's picture
Emily Russell
15th Mar, 2018
Absolutely delicious! Didn't change a thing about the recipe and it was a cinch to follow. Smoky, sweet, and spicy. Served with half a grilled cheese sandwich. Highly recommended :)
7th Mar, 2017
Just made this for the first time today. Really delicious and I think every element makes a difference including the use of the vinegar, absolutely yummy. I did add more water though to make it a slightly thinner consistency as was pretty thick!
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11th Jan, 2017
Made this almost to the letter in half quantity. (Made 3 big portions) Switched cumin seeds for powder, caster sugar for honey and yoghurt for sour cream as this is what I had in my cupboards. I did add more water at the blending stage and was glad I did it in two batches as the first was too smooth so I gave the second batch only a quick blast then combined the two. Had clean bowls all round :)
27th Nov, 2016
I enjoyed this recipe. I took on board a few of the other comments and added quite a bit more water before and after blending and I also left out the sugar. These changes meant I got another couple of portions from the recipe too.
27th Nov, 2016
l made this exactly to the recipe and it was wonderful! Thank you. It wasn't too thick or bland or whatever some of the other reviews have said. Dump all the chorizo in at the end - chorizo doesn't go 'soft' once cooked. I will be making this again soon with no changes.
24th Nov, 2016
Fantastic recipe I used 950mls water and next time would use 100gm chorizo. It was delicious :-)
30th Sep, 2016
I had high hopes for this due to all of the positive reviews, but I've made it and I'm not keen. I'm so disappointed - it's turned out to be a big batch and I hate food wasteage! It's just too sweet for my liking. It really didn't need the sugar :'-((((
3rd Aug, 2016
Just finished making this and it is absolutely delicious, it smells amazing too - thank you!
3rd Feb, 2016
Love this soup, thick and warming and very tasty, hit with the husband too!
2nd Nov, 2015
This was delicious! Perfect for a cold, foggy November day. I couldn't stop eating it.


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