Slow-Cooker Lentil and Chorizo Soup
One powerhouse ingredient—chorizo—brings smoky, spicy, meaty flavor to this simple lentil soup.
Why This Recipe Works
We wanted an exceptionally satisfying lentil and chorizo soup that was dead simple and completely hands-off. An aromatic base of chopped onion and carrots, along with a can of diced tomatoes and a quart of chicken broth, gave us a soup base with savory depth. For complex spice flavor, choosing the right chorizo was paramount. Cured, ready-to-eat Spanish-style chorizo (the kind with a texture similar to that of hard salami) infused the soup with a complex blend of savory richness and smoked paprika flavor. From there, we tested our way to a mixture of warm spices that would perfectly complement the earthy lentils and chorizo, landing on fresh garlic and thyme along with cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, and bay leaf. A dollop of cool, slightly tart yogurt and a sprinkling of fresh parsley added a finishing contrast of bright color and flavor.