Spanish lentil soup

It’s been soup weather lately.

After-work walks with pup on dark winter nights make me crave hot dinners, like this Spanish Lentil Soup that comes together in a half-hour. My mom pulled the recipe from Cooking Light ages ago, and it’s one of my go-to recipes. I’m not actually sure how “Spanish” it is–oh hey Emma, what are your thoughts? (She’s the Spain expert in our family.) But, this soup is healthy, filling and fast. And of course, warm.

Spanish lentil soup

Spanish Lentil Soup
Adapted from Cooking Light (This is a halved recipe since I’m just feeding myself; it produces leftovers for a few meals.)

  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • half of a red bell pepper, chopped
  • half of a green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 T. sherry or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • a pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomato (I used a half can of diced tomato)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 1/2 tsp. Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1-2 T. sherry
  • a big spoonful of sofrito, optional

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, and saute for 2 minutes.

Add bell peppers, vinegar, cumin, and crushed red pepper; saute for 3 minutes.

Add tomato and salt; cook for two minutes.

Add water, lentils, paprika and sofrito; bring to a boil.

Partially cover, reduce heat, simmer 25 minutes or until lentils are tender.

Stir in sherry, taste for seasonings and serve.

3 thoughts on “Spanish lentil soup

    1. Thanks! The red lentils are great too since they cook faster, and some people think they have a less distinct flavor. (I think the nutritional info on this recipe said there was something like 150 calories for a huge bowl, can’t beat that!)

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