Cozy Hearty Lentil Soup with Chorizo for Chilly Evenings











Warm up with this gluten-free and dairy-free Lentil Soup with Chorizo, packed with 30g of protein and rich flavors, ready in just 30 minutes. Perfect for a cozy autumn dinner!


Step 1: Sauté Shallot and Garlic

Heat the sunflower oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Add the finely chopped shallot and minced garlic, frying them for a minute or so. This initial step is crucial to release their flavors, creating a savory base for our soup. Stirring gently, you will notice their aroma filling the kitchen, setting the stage for the delicious meal to come.
Pro Tip: Keep the heat moderate to prevent garlic from burning, as it can add a bitter taste.

Step 2: Add Chorizo

Introduce the sliced chorizo to the pan, stirring it through. This is the moment when the magic starts to happen - the chorizo releases its oil, turning the mix a beautiful red and infusing the soup with its distinct, spicy flavor. If using raw chorizo, give it a bit more time in the pan to ensure it begins to cook and unleash its full potential.
Pro Tip: Letting the chorizo slightly crisp up will add a delightful texture contrast in the soup.

Step 3: Incorporate Remaining Ingredients

Now, it's time to add the rest of the ingredients - the dried thyme, tomato puree, paprika, and lentils. Once combined, pour in the chicken stock, which will transform your mixture into a rich, flavorful broth. Stirring everything together, make sure the lentils are well submerged so they can cook evenly. This amalgamation of ingredients is not only a feast for the eyes but also starts to marry the flavors into what will be a heartwarming bowl of soup.
Pro Tip: Rinse lentils before adding to help remove any debris and improve digestion.

Step 4: Simmer and Season

Once everything is in the pot, it's time to let the soup do its thing. Cover the pot, reducing the heat to a gentle simmer. Give the lentils around 20 minutes to soften and absorb the flavors of the broth. This slow cooking is key to developing deep, layered tastes in the soup. As the lentils cook, they'll thicken the soup, making it hearty and satisfying. Toward the end, taste your creation and season with salt and black pepper as needed. The result? A delicious, soul-warming lentil soup with chorizo that's sure to please.
Pro Tip: Adjust seasoning at the end to ensure the flavors are perfectly balanced.