Lentil Soup with Chorizo; we’re insulated!

Finally, at long last…..

We have insulation.

Wanna see?

Isn’t it pretty?

Insulation2

He had to build a frame around the skylight first….. Always something…..

Insulation
We can tell the difference already, with only a third of the roof done.

He’s not going to get it all done before winter, but he’ll be able to block off the bit that isn’t so it will be warm enough to work….

And finish our bedroom.

And do the other bathroom.

And do one of the guest rooms (We have family coming in May…. No pressure there!)

By then it will be February and he can open it up to finish the rest.

Can you hear that whip cracking?

It was a strange day today, weather-wise.

Every time I looked out the window the skies were black and the rain was coming in sheets.

Except for this five minutes when I hurriedly took the girls for a walk.

Apples
Our crabapple tree: no leaves, lots of apples.

On to the soup!

This has to be one of the better soups I’ve made in awhile.

Of course, I always tell me that….

But it was good; just spicy enough for me, a bit of Tabasco for mon mari.

I attribute it all to the chorizo.

Lentil Soup with Chorizo
Lentil Soup with Chorizo

5oz (150gr) chorizo, sliced
1 1/2 cups lentils du Puy
1 cup red lentils
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups of beef stock
2 cups (15oz, 450gr) whole tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tbs olive oil
2 cups tomato juice, optional, to thin

Sauté onion, garlic, celery and carrot in olive oil until tender and starting to color.  Add paprika, cumin and sauté 1 minute longer.  Add remaining ingredients, except chorizo and  tomato juice, cover and simmer until lentils are tender.  Add chorizo, and as much tomato juice (if any) to thin, cover and simmer 10 minutes longer.  Serve.

This was a very thick soup, which is how mon mari likes it.  For me, I add the tomato juice.

11 thoughts on “Lentil Soup with Chorizo; we’re insulated!”

  1. Soup sounds so delish and warm… could use some right now as we have gale winds blowing as I write..hope the power does not go out! I sooo understand your excitement on the reno’s…each step gets closer to completion…yeahhh!

  2. That soup sounds and looks wonderful. I must make it. “My” farmer (who we get our meat and poultry from) is now offering chorizo and I’ve been wanting to try it. And I just love lentil soup in general.
    Congrats on the insulation. It’s getting colder . . .

  3. Peter, add more chorizo! Mon mari did ;-))
    Zoomie, warmth is good, both kinds…
    Christine, me too, especially as winter seems very early here.
    Ina, I understand about the wind – we live on a hill and it really blows sometimes!
    Lisa, I love lentil soup in all forms – mon mari likes this one ;-))
    Joey, the chorizo was a great addition!

  4. Kirsten, I do too – any dried bean, actually.
    Mama Kelly, the chorizo really added a delightful kick! Can’t believe it took me so long to try it!

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