Lentils with chorizo

Pulses. I love lentils. And I love chorizo. So let’s make Lentils with Chorizo today. We should be eating beans and pulses at least once a week. Or even more. And there are very good ways of cooking them. To the kitchen!


1 cup brown lentils
2 bay leaves
Some extra virgin olive oil
½ chopped onion
½ chopped green pepper
1 chopped carrot
½ cup chopped squash
1 chopped chorizo
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
Salt to taste
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon rosemary
½ teaspoon basil
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon sweet Spanish pimentón (or paprika)
1 chopped tomato

Depending on the kind of lentils you use you will have to soak them overnight. Check the package of the lentils you use.
If you have soaked them, discard the water. Then put the lentils in a pan with enough water. Add some salt and some drops of olive oil. Cook the lentils. It is better if the heat is low. When they are almost done, we will remove the liquid from the lentils but we will reserve it.
While we are cooking the lentils, we can cook the vegetables. Put some extra virgin olive oil in a pan and heat it. Once it is hot, add the onion, the pepper, the carrot, the squash and the chorizo. Cook for some minutes and then add the garlic and the herbs and spices. Salt to taste and add some pepper. When the vegetables are almost ready, not too well done, though, we will add them to the pan with the lentils. Then it is up to you. You can add as much of the liquid we have reserved, depending on the way you like your lentils.
We only have to add the tomato. Keep on cooking for some minutes. The heat low, remember. And your lentils will be ready. Serve them hot. Enjoy!