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Colombian-Style Lentil Soup Recipe

Colombian-Style Lentil Soup Recipe

Credit: Christie Connelly

For so few ingredients, this soup packs a flavour punch! Try to buy the chorizo from a butcher, as a good-quality sausage will have lots of smokiness and spices, which will give the soup even more depth.

Serves: 4



  • 2 fresh chorizo sausages (not cured), thickly sliced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • 1½ cups dried green lentils
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 potato, diced
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves, to garnish
  1. Cook chorizo slices in large stock-pot for 3-4 mins on high heat until golden on both sides. You don't need to add oil, as it will leach out while cooking.
  2. Remove chorizo to plate with slotted spoon, leaving oil in pot. Turn heat down to medium. Add onion, garlic, spring onion, carrot and tomato and cook for 10 mins until tomato softens and breaks down to form thick sauce.
  3. Add cumin and lentils and season with salt and pepper. Add 6 cups water then cover and simmer for 45 mins to 1 hour, until lentils are tender. Top up with a little water occasionally if it becomes dry.
  4. Add potato and chorizo slices and cook for 15 mins more, uncovered, until potato is tender.
  5. Serve in bowls topped with coriander.


Christie Connelly

Christie publishes the popular Australian food blog Fig & Cherry featuring healthy, family-friendly meals and sweet treats with mouth-watering photography to match. Christie draws recipe inspiration from her Hungarian and Lebanese heritages, her travel adventures and, of course, the amazing fertile soil of the Northern Rivers with its abundance of local organic fruits, vegetables, delicious native produce and healthy free-range-reared animals. Her passion is educating parents, grandparents and carers how to shop for, prepare and cook healthy, nutritious food and to encourage children to enjoy it as well.