Spanish Lentil Soup With Chorizo

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

When I first arrived in Córdoba, Spain to study for a year, the cook in my dorm served this, my first lunch in my new home. I had never had lentils before, but this dish quickly became my absolute favorite. My additions to the recipe are the garlic, onion and potato; I tried carrot once but I overcooked it and was traumatized by the mushiness, so I haven't done that since. The best part about this recipe is it costs less than $10 to make and feeds many.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 cups dry green lentils
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium potato, cut into chunks slightly bigger than bite size
  • 2 -3 small chorizo sausages (Mexican or Spanish) or 2 -3 small linguica sausage (Portuguese)
  • salt & pepper


  1. Soak the lentils in cold water for an hour prior to cooking.
  2. Heat olive oil on low heat, add onion and garlic. Sautée until onion begins to look translucent and garlic browns a little.
  3. Add water and lentils, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add potato.
  4. Add chorizo, in one inch slices.
  5. Cook until lentils get soft and expand and chorizo filling strains against natural casing, about 40-45 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with crusty bread.


Most Helpful

Yes, this soup will not be very soupy, but that's how it's eaten in Spain. I've looked all over for a good lentejas recipe, also one of my favorite Spanish recipes, one that is not watery or soupy, so I'm thrilled I found this. Thanks!

livimeikle April 18, 2012

This recipe is very simple. Make sure you add a bit more water than the recipe calls for or else you won't have a soupy consistency. I added a bit more garlic and pepper to mine to give it a bit more flavor. Otherwise a very low key meal to make during the week.

samrunge October 04, 2010

Very tasty! I made this with some smoked chorizo and it came out great. I do agree with some of the other reviews to add more water for a more soupy consistency but I suspect that if you bring it to a quick boil and then set it to simmer quickly, you may not need as much. I also added one more clove a garlic as well simply because I love garlic. Adding this to my list of favorites.

Kristina M. November 19, 2015

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