Spanish chorizo lentil stew – recipe by Gusto’s Spanish dad

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Yes, it is a shame that it can’t always be summer.  But one of the best things about autumn finally rolling around is having the excuse to cook up a great big batch of Spanish lentils (or lentejas) – steaming hot and flavoured with chorizo.  This is a traditional Spanish recipe said to originate in the Avila province.  Here is Gusto Guides‘ special winter lentil recipe, Spanish-style and courtesy of out in-house Spanish dad.  You’re welcome.

Ingredients:

  • 400g lentils (ideally green or brown)
  • 1 onion
  • 400g canned chopped tomato
  • Chorizo – spicy works better, but your call on this one
  • Pork rib – as much or as little as you want, or omit for a lighter dish
  • Half a head of garlic
  • Parsley and sweet paprika – a little of each to taste
  • 5 large spoons olive oil
  • Sea salt

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How-to:

  • Soak the lentils in plain water for at least 12 hours before you start cooking
  • Fry the pork rib off until it is well cooked
  • Add the chopped onion and cook on a slow heat
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, parsley and sweet paprika
  • Cook on a low heat for about 12 minutes
  • Take the ribs out of the mixture and pass the remaining sauce through the food mill.  Don’t worry if you don’t have one – you can omit this step, just will end up with a slightly thicker texture
  • Put the mixture into the pressure cooker (if you have one – if not, either use a saucepan at low heat or stick it in the oven at 180-200 degrees C), adding in the lentils and chopped chorizo
  • Put the whole cloves of garlic and ribs into the pot along with the rest of the mixture
  • Season to taste with the sea salt
  • Add either water or vegetable stock to a depth of about 5cm over the top of the original mixture
  • The top third of the pressure cooker should always be empty before you put the lid on
  • Close the pressure cooker in Position 1 and boil for 15 minutes.  If you are doing this in a normal saucepan, you will need to allow about 2 hours for this stage
  • Serve and enjoy

Bonus! More Spanish recipes:

Marmitako – a hearty Basque fish stew

The best Spanish omlette in 10 easy steps

Spanish dad’s super vegetable soup

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