Cream of Lentil Soup with Chorizo Croutes

TOTAL TIME: 3 hr 5 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: 2 hr
Cook: 50 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

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Directions

Soak the lentils in cold water for 2 hours. Drain the lentils, and put them in a pot with the carrot, onion, bay leaf, thyme sprig, and stock. Cover the pot and simmer until very tender, about 45 minutes.

Discard the herbs, and let the lentils cool somewhat, then puree in a blender along with the vegetables, working in 2 batches to avoid an explosive mess.
Cook's Note: Remember that if you put something too hot into a blender you may crack it.

For a very smooth soup, strain it, although it's not necessary. Add salt and pepper, to taste, along with a squeeze of lemon if you like. Gently reheat the soup.

Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan, and saute the chorizo slices until they curl, about 30 seconds. Turn and fry another 15 seconds. Serve the soup with the chorizo rounds on top and with some of the now bright-orange cooking oil spooned around.

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  • on January 31, 2014

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    Is it possible to get the nutritional information listed along with ingredients and recipe? Thanks.

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  • on January 07, 2013

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    Delicious, fast, easy. Didn't have to soak the lentils. Also omitted chorizo as I didn't have any on hand. Definitely will double up ingredients next time- this amount provided only 4-5 bowls as a meal.

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  • on June 23, 2012

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    I was skeptical of lentil soup to begin with, but I've now made this several times. The soup itself is straight forward flavor and the squeeze of lemon is a must to brighten it up and cut through the fat of the chorizo and drizzle of oil. It's impressed everyone with it's flavor despite being so simple and inexpensive to make, it's definitely a recipe to make time and time again. I like to serve it with Mark Bittman's No knead bread. An inexpensive, but impressive weeknight meal.

    The biggest feat however was my husband loving this soup despite not liking the lentil soups he's had in the past.

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