Nov 4, 2012

Lentil and Chorizo Stew #SundaySupper

Lentil and Chorizo Stew

I might be the only person eating a stew when it´s 32ºC / 90ºF outside. This happens when you participate in Sunday Supper and the theme is stick-to-your-bones food. Thanks for modern comforts like the air conditioning. Today our host is Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen and the list of recipes is absolutely soul warming.
Was it worth it? Totally. This lentil and chorizo stew is my favorite way to beat the cold. It came together through the last few years, tweaking this and that until I found the right combination of spice, vegetables, type of chorizo, bacon, amount of tomato and lentils. It was originally given to me by a new friend, after eating it at her house. Greedy me would´ve taken the leftovers home, but since it was my first time at her house, I politely asked for the recipe. 
This is a very traditional dish here, and as such, there are endless variations, everyone has their favorite and every house has the perfect recipe. Today you´ll have to settle for mine. 

Lentil and Chorizo Stew

It all started years ago. First because I simply love lentils, and second because I have an on again, off again iron defficiency (anemia, though I´m not trying to give you a medical explanation of it) which compells me to eat meat and things like lentils, spinach, blood sausage. It´s the way to keep the levels normal and avoid that slump bordering depression that happens when your blood doesn´t have enough iron. If you ever experienced this you´re nodding and if you haven´t you´re lucky and go on with your life.
Make this stew simply because it´s amazing and soul filling.

Lentil and Chorizo Stew

A good lentil stew has to have what we here call red sausage, which is spanish sausage in many countries. It has peppers and pork, and a very particular flavor. Of course any kind of sausage you like a lot will work I guess, but I don´t know since I don´t even bother making this recipe if I don´t find red sausage. 
That said, the rest is very simple, things like carrots, onion, canned tomatoes, smoked paprika, and a few more things.
Back when I was growing up, lentils were prepared in the course of two days, needing to soak them in water for at least half a day before boiling them. You can still do that today, but I use the ones that are done in an hour and taste great. They cook together with the rest of the ingredients which include broth, so the flavor is deepened and they keep their bite.

Lentil and Chorizo Stew

As for any stew they are always better the next day, or even the next. I like to take it further by cooking it until it´s just done, until the lentils are almost al dente. I then leave the whole thing to cool until the next day, when I cook it again for half an hour or more, depending on how I want the lentils. That overnight rest deepens the flavor like only time can. The become friends and exchange subtleties until the flavor becomes almost one. This is especially important with the chorizo and the bacon. They will loose some of their fat slowly and it will become part of the juices. Simply wonderful.

Lentil and Chorizo Stew

So that you get a last picture, I sat down to eat and was managing fine until halfway through, then it was a matter or turning on the a/c a bit higher and my hair up in a messy ponytail if I wanted to finish my bowl. See how much I love my Sunday Supper group? Can´t say I´m not a team player now. Whatever comes up down the road, let´s just say I have one to collect, just saying. Am I being dramatic or is it the heat?

Lentil and Chorizo Stew


Makes 6 to 8 servings


3 Tbs canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ small red pepper, seeded and finely chopped
½ cup chopped celery stalks
1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
About 4 cups veal broth
2 cups lentils
1 ½ cups canned tomatoes, chopped with juice
4 oz. bacon, coarsely chopped
4 oz. red or spanish chorizo, coarsely chopped
1 Tbs smoked paprika
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Chopped parsley, for garnish


In a large pot with lid, heat oil and sweat onion, pepper and celery. Don´t brown. Add salt and pepper, carrots and 2 cups broth, and cook, partially covered for 10 minutes over low heat.
Add 1 more cup broth, lentils and tomatoes and cook, covered, for 30 minutes.
While this is cooking, in a small skillet cook chorizo and bacon for 2 or 3 minutes, until they are a bit brown and have released some fat. Add them to the pot together with the paprika and another cup of broth. Keep on cooking everything for the thirty minutes specified before.
Check to see if the lentils are cooked. Add more broth if necessary, check seasonings and cook more time if the lentils need it.
Laddle into bowls, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.

Lentil and Chorizo Stew

We have over 50 contributors this week, bringing you their best warm you up dishes.  We have everything from stews, soups, main entrees and even some hot drinks and desserts. 
Just look at the list below that is coming to the #SundaySupper table this week!

Main Entrees: 
§                     Carrot, Parsnip and Lentil Casserole  - Happy Baking Days
§                     Chicken with Herbed Dumplings – Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
§                     Chicken pot pie – Gotta Get Baked
§                     Cholula Chicken Enchiladas – Kwistin’s Favorites
§                     Eggplant Parmesan – The Hand That Rocks The Ladle
§                     Roasted Roots and Fruits with Sausage – Shockingly Delicious

§                     Beer-Braised Beef – Sustainable Dad
§                     Bigos {Authentic Polish Hunter’s Stew} – From Fast Food to Fresh Food
§                     Brunswick Stew and Rice – Big Bear’s Wife
§                     Calico Beans – Home Cooking Memories
§                     Carbonnade Flamande – The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
§                     Chicken Cacciatore {Hunter Style Stew} with Easy Creamy Polenta –Webicurean
§                     Chicken & Mushroom Stew On Egg Noodles –  Galactosemia in PDX
§                     Cowboy Beef Stew - Comfy Cuisine 
§                     Ham and String Beans –  Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
§                     Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili - Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
§                     Seafood Gumbo and Soul Warming #SundaySupper Wine Pairings - ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
§                     Soul Warming Hearty Beef Stew - In The Kitchen With KP

§                     30 Minute Black Bean Soup – Supper for a Steal
§                     Black Bean Soup – Basic and Delicious 
§                     Black Bean Soup with Hot Roast Pepper Cream - The Lovely Pantry
§                     Canadian Beer Cheese Soup – Juanita’s Cocina
§                     Chicken Soup with Dumplings – The Messy Baker
§                     Chicken Tortilla Soup – Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
§                     Easy Italian Wedding Soup – Family Foodie
§                     Easy Wonton Soup – Soni’s Food
§                     French Onion Soup – Momma’s Meals
§                     Homestyle Chicken and Dumplings – I Run For Wine
§                     Lasagna Soup – Cravings of a Lunatic
§                     Lemon Chicken Noodle Soup – Mangiamo
§                     Lentil and Bacon Soup – Small Wallet, Big Appetite
§                     Lentil Soup with Spinach – Mama’s Blissful Bites
§                     Peppery Mulligatawny Soup with Cherry Tomatoes & Cilantro – Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
§                     Pozolillo Verde {Green Chicken & Corn Pozole} – La Cocina de Leslie
§                     Red Lentil Soup with Crispy Aromatic Coriander – Chattering Kitchen
§                     Roasted Jalapeno Soup – Chocolate Moosey
§                     Rule of Thirds Soup - What Smells So Good?
§                     Seafood Chowder – Noshing with the Nolands
§                     Spanish Garlic Soup – Pippi’s In The Kitchen Again
§                     Spicy Gumbo Z’herbes – Pescetarian Journal
§                     Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup {Jjamppong} – Kimchi Mom
§                     Spicy Udon Noodle Soup – My Trials In The Kitchen
§                     Turkey Noodle Soup – Magnolia Days
§                     Tuscan Bean Soup  - The Wimpy Vegetarian
§                     Warm You Up Spicy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup - Daily Dish Recipes

§                     Hot Fudge Pudding Cake – That Skinny Chick Can Bake
§                     White Hot Chocolate with Orange – GirliChef

Join on us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper.  In the evening we will meet at 7pm EST for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat. 
All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.
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  1. This looks fantastic. Living in Australia you learn to ignore the weather sometimes and go with your cravings no matter what the temp! So I think eating stew at 32 degrees celsius is perfectly normal!
    And I have the same iron issues, they come and go and when the hit it's terrible. I'll keep this recipe in mind!

  2. Chorizo adds such a nice flavor to any dish and I imagine it really gives this lentil stew a kick! Looks yummy!

  3. This Lentil and Chorizo Stew not only perfect to warm you but it's also full with healthy nutrition. Thanks for sharing this traditional recipe with us,Paula. Have a great Sunday!

  4. Chorizo and lentils? Yes please! Thanks for joining us this week.

  5. Oh wow. I love lentils and I love chorizo and I just happen to have them on hand so guess what is on the menu this week. :)

  6. This looks fantastic Paula! It's been forever since I've had lentils, and I love chorizo. I assumed you used cured chorizo rather than fresh? Also, would beef broth be an acceptable sub?

    1. Oh yes, veal or beef or even chicken or veggie, really it´s up to what you like in broth Martin!

  7. Making more lentil dishes is on my agenda this winter. This sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing Paula.

  8. I had anemia for a long time when I was a teenager. I can understand the desire to eat meat and more things to get the iron.
    From the moment you posted the title of this dish in the group I have been waiting for the recipe. I have already saved it and cannot wait to make it. Chorizo = awesome. Lentils = awesome. Together with the paprika and everything else is just divine!!!

  9. You know how I feel about anything with Chorizo in it... to me, it is better than bacon! Love this recipe and can't wait to try it.

  10. "Am I being dramatic or is it the heat? ...ha ha ha! This sounds like some amazing soul-warming food. I make a similar one, but use "fresh" Mexican chorizo as the meat. I have never been able to find the cured Spanish version!? I do love the way a soup or stew develops and becomes even better the next day. :D

  11. that is definitely commitment!! This sounds wonderful and something both me and my husband would love, which is a huge win. :) Can't wait to dig in!

  12. This looks so good! We love chorizo!! I have never cooked with lentils but you can bet I will be soon!!! Thanks so much :)

  13. I love lentils and making it with the chorizo would be amazing. Gorgeous photos too!

  14. Chorizo AND lentils?! What a fantastic combination. Lentils are a favorite in our house, as is chorizo - to mix them together sounds amazing. This will be also on our list this fall/winter...and it sounds like a dish I could also eat at 32 C ;) ~ Beate

  15. This one is on my list to try!I've never even had Chorizo! Can't wait to try it!

  16. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! And I cannot wait to try this stew! It looks amazing!

  17. What a great way to make a stew! Looks delicious.

  18. Love that you "forced" your way through the heat! Way to take one for the team, Paula! lol
    Awesome pictures!

  19. Great photos and loving any recipe with chorizo.

  20. Lentils add such a depth of flavour, I bet this stew definitely tasted as good as it looks :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  21. This looks so wonderfully good for you! I'm loving the ingredients!!! I'm saving this recipe :-) Thank you for sharing with us!

  22. You are a good sport, Paula! Your stew sounds amazing...I don't think I could wait a day to eat it, though!!!

  23. I could happily finish off a big bowl of this soup right now :) Love Chorizio and the flavors going on in this soup!!

  24. This soup is perfect for cold winter days!

  25. Paula, you're so awesome - I can imagine sweating while eating this, cranking up the AC to get that fall/wintry feeling! I love lentils too so this is right up my alley. My mouth is watering staring at your beautiful photos.

  26. Love lentils and am always looking for new ways to cook them. This looks great

  27. I love Lentils. I love Chorizo. I love this recipe!

  28. I need to learn to use lentils more. This look so thick and comforting!

  29. Mmmm....lentils and chorizo! Great recipe!

  30. Gorgeous soup! And I love the chorizo in there - that's perfect for a cold winter night :-)

  31. oh wow! This soup looks too good. I wish I can get my hands on some good chorizo. All I found were packaged ones and they don't look that great. How I would love to get some fresh chorizo. Yummy!

  32. Paula, this stew looks amazing! Did I hear bacon? Yum! Your photos are gorgeous. I hope it cools down for you soon.

  33. This is a beautiful stew--and lovely photos as well.

  34. I love lentils! Thanks for another lentil recipe!

  35. Totally delicious, my kind of food!

  36. Love lentils, so I'm always happy to come across new recipes!

  37. What a lovely dish! That's something I would like to have tomorrow for dinner ...


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