Cream of Lentil Soup with Chorizo Croutes

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr
  • Cook: 50 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

1 cup du Puy lentils (French green lentils)

1 carrot, chopped

1 onion, sliced

1 bay leaf

1 fresh thyme sprig

4 cups chicken stock or water

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Lemon juice, for squirting if you like

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 small chorizo sausage, thinly sliced

Directions

  1. 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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