Hearty, rich, and comforting, this small batch chorizo lentil soup is the perfect antidote to a cold winter day. And, it’s pretty easy to make. The whole thing is done in a little over an hour. No soaking required. Just the thing when you’re hungry, it’s cold, and you want food relatively quickly.
I’ve made a few changes from the original recipe . First, it called for green lentils, but I only had red the first time I made this. Secondly, I skipped the celery (because I hate it), and also cut down the servings. I would have used the red pepper, but I had none, so I skipped that too. Do feel free to add it back for a bit of sweet crunch. And I made more of a soup than a stew. Oh yeah, I also swapped the russet potato for a Yukon gold. Don’t like Russets, too floury!
If you only have red lentils, I have also included timing and instructions to add them later (since they cook faster). So use whichever one you have (or prefer).
Small Batch Chorizo Lentil Soup Substitutions and Variations
- Add half a diced red pepper to the soup
- Garnish with crema or sour cream
- Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice
- If you don’t have lentils, use pinto or canned white beans instead (cook the canned ones about 30 minutes; dried ones will require soaking, either overnight or with my quick soak method, and about an hour to cook)
More Lentil Soup Recipes
Feeling cold? Heat up your home and warm your stomach with this hearty winter soup flavored with carrots, lentils, and smoky ham.
Lamb and lentils pair beautifully together. This soup is low-simmered on the stove (go do something else while it cooks and your kitchen becomes fragrant with tomatoes, lamb, and thyme).
Indian spices, such as cumin, garam masala, and ginger give this soup a bit of heat and lots of flavor. Then there’s a hint of red pepper flakes for a bit of a kick.
This is a Jewish recipe (yes, really) from Morocco. No lox or bagels in sight. Instead it’s got ginger, saffron, and turmeric for a sweet, savory flavor. It’s generally made with lamb and beans, but I went with chicken and lentils (just to be contrary).