Sopa de Lentejas (Andalucian Lentil Soup)


This is a great soup to have during cold winter months, although it's wonderful anytime of year! It's loaded with fresh veggies and has a hearty flavor anyone will enjoy! Add additional root veggies like carrots if you like.

close up view of Sopa de Lentejas (Andalucian Lentil Soup) with sausage, potatoes and lentils in a pot
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ¼ cups dry brown lentils, soaked overnight and drained

  • 2 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 links Spanish chorizo sausage, casing removed, chopped

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 cups water, or as needed

  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook the bacon just until it starts to brown a bit, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the olive oil, onion, and bell pepper; cook and stir until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, sausage, and bay leaf; cook about 4 minutes. Add lentils and water (water should be about an inch deeper than the level of the lentils). Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, until lentils are just cooked, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Put the potatoes into the soup and continue simmering until potatoes are cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.

Cook's Note

Use Spanish sausage, not Mexican, in this recipe. Spanish chorizo is a firm, fully cooked sausage; Mexican chorizo is uncooked. You can substitute Portuguese linguica or other types of smoked sausage for the chorizo.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

288 Calories
10g Fat
37g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 288
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 256mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 10g 37%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 36mg 179%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 846mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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