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Spanish Pardina Lentil and Chorizo Stew

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 to 6

Despite its humble looks, this stew is full of bold flavors and is super satisfying. Serve it with crusty bread and a bottle of red wine, and you’re all set for a relaxing night.


  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup sliced carrots (1/4 inch thick)
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1-1/2 tsp. finely chopped garlic
  • 1-1/2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 7 oz. cured chorizo, halved lengthwise, then sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1-1/2 cups pardina lentils, rinsed
  • 1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes with their juice
  • Fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro; more for garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 470
      Fat Calories (kcal): 140
      Fat (g): 16
      Saturated Fat (g): 5
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8
      Cholesterol (mg): 30
      Sodium (mg): 800
      Carbohydrates (g): 60
      Fiber (g): 13
      Sugar (g): 7
      Protein (g): 24


  • Heat the oil in a 5-quart Dutch oven or other heavy-duty pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Stir in the potato, chorizo, oregano, and paprika, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Add the lentils and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the lentils are just tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and their juice, and 1/2 tsp. salt, and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the cilantro, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.


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  • kmartin234 | 02/16/2017

    I thought this was an excellent lentil recipe. I used the lentils I had in the pantry which were a mix of red and green. Also substituted andouille for the chorizo. Used butternut squash rather than potatoes and crushed tomatoes. None of these substitutions would have affected the flavor significantly I don't think.

  • Megann | 01/28/2017

    This was fine. I love chorizo and the classic Spanish lentil stew, so I was excited about this. I enjoyed it but I just never felt like going back for leftovers. We might make it again.

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