Friday, June 4, 2010

Spicy lentil and chorizo soup and inexplicable cravings

Spicy lentil and chorizo soup / Sopa apimentada de lentilha com lingüiça

I’ve told you lots of times already about how blogging has changed my life in several different ways and that I no longer suffer from “The Hairy Ape” syndrome... But after all these years of blogging one thing is completely new to me: after 16 years without red meat – because I never liked it and was forced to eat it as a kid – lately I’ve been drooling over some red meat recipes... How crazy is that? I blame it on Nigella and her black and blue beef wraps... :)

I’m so out of my mind that I HAD to make this soup as soon as I saw it – I wonder if there is a solution to my case... :)

Spicy lentil and chorizo soup
from Donna Hay magazine

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 x 150g chorizo sausages, sliced
½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
1 cup (210g) lentils
2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes*
1 liter chicken stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
crusty bread, to serve

Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the oil, onion, garlic, chorizo and chilli flakes and cook for 8–10 minutes or until the onion is tender and the chorizo is golden. Add the lentils, tomato, stock, salt and pepper, bring to the boil and cook for 15 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Serve with crusty bread.

* I had some leftover tomato sauce and used it instead (I did not add any salt to the soup)

Serves 4.


Mother Rimmy said...

Spicy and delicious. This looks like a heart-warming meal. I love lentils in any stew or soup!

Paula said...

mmm I love spicy soups :)

martina said...

Exactly same experience... forced to eat red meat whan I was a child, I avoided it as soon as I could. And few years later I found myself craving for a good succulent steak! Now I enjoy it once in a while: I thought could be iron necessity. But I'm not sure. Who knows!
This soup seems very comforting, right for warm you up in a cold rainy day: do you have it Brasil? :D

~ Chef Louise said...

I have friends who gave up red meat only to find out when they had a craving that it made them incredibly ill... Chorizo makes everything taste better, kinda like bacon...

Lisa said...

Looks delicious and hearty! Love all the spices!

dining room set said...

This is perfect for the cold weather that we are experiencing right now!

Erica Lea said...

Looks delicious! Crusty bread & soup are a wonderful pair. Do your cravings really NEED a cure? :)

Your photo is wonderful, as always.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Mother Rimmy, thank you for stopping by! I love lentils, too!

Paula, me too! :)

Martina, we do have very cold and rainy days here in São Paulo - in fact, it was 8°C this morning... Cooold! :)
Maybe my body is asking for meat after all these years... Let's see what happens next. :)
Thank you for visiting!

Louise, I agree - bacon is good in just about anything. :)
Tks for stopping by!

Lisa, thank you! Very comforting!

Erica Lea, thank you, sweetie! You are just too kind.
Let's see what will be my next cravings... :)

Delishhh said...

I am a soup nut and this looks delicious. Thank you for sharing i am going to save this recipe. Also great blog. You have new follower!

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