Chorizo Sausage and Red Lentil Soup
We love red lentils for their health benefits and also for their tasty addition to soups and stews! Red lentils are the perfect addition to this soup with the zest of the chorizo sausage – together they make a tasty and filling soup the whole family will love.
Red lentils are healthy and a great source of protein without any fats. They are perfect to cook up a batch for a snack because kids love them.
Yummy Red Lentil Soup with Sausage for lunch or dinner
- 4 oz. chorizo sausage links
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.
- 1 large carrot, chopped small
- 1 large stalk celery, chopped small
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped small
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 2 cups red lentils, well rinsed
- 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, with liquid
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 Parmesan cheese rind optional
- 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
- 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Brown Chorizo sausage links in a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat, approximately 2-3 minutes per side. Once browned, remove sausage from skillet and cut into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
Add olive oil to skillet and add the chopped carrot, celery, and onion. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften and develop some color, approximately 4-5 minutes.
Return sausage to skillet, along with chicken stock, red lentils, diced tomatoes, oregano, garlic powder, thyme, bay leaves, and Parmesan rind, if using.
Stir to combine and increase heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to medium-low. Cover with a tilted lid and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until just until the lentils are tender.
Remove from heat and discard the bay leaves and remaining Parmesan rind. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Stir in fresh basil and serve immediately, topped with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!
Why Cook With Red Lentils?
Red lentils are low in calories and high iron. They also are an excellent source of protein without any fats making these a great low-carb choice.
Money-Saving Tip: Use a combination of broth and water instead of the 6 cups of broth listed below.
Adding a section of Parmesan rind to homemade soup is a great way to instill additional flavor to your recipes.
Where to Buy Red Lentils?
You can buy red lentils at your grocery store or you can easily purchase them online. We love these awesome organic red lentils below – You can check them out here – RED LENTILS.
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