Chorizo Lentil Soup

“Hmmm….how do I photograph lentils to make them look appetizing?” Another item to file in the “shit I never thought I’d hear myself say” folder.  But, seriously. How?


I guess you are going to have to take my word for it.  In the winter I am often obsessed with an italian sausage and lentil soup created by that genius Beth at Budget Bytes.  It was cold. Any rainy. And a hearty bowl sounded just perfect! Plus, I’ve been trying to find that “just right” bread recipe……it was destiny.  (More on the bread next week…)


Billy bought some chorizo for our breakfast mini omelettes, and I started to think how good that would taste with lentils. (The chorizo, you guys, not the omelettes.) So, poof! Soup!  Make some. It’s fairly quick and easy. Himself can’t have carrots anymore, so the base is stock, onion and celery only.  Feel free to add two peeled carrots sliced for soup.  And, this does work with Soyrizo – you just have to add it at the end with the spinach.


This is made with Mexican style chorizo, by the way, not the Spanish kind. Although that would also be very tasty. And, for chrissakes, get the pork.  Unless you go the soyrizo route – but we’ve already talked about that.  As a reformed vegetarian, I can’t bitch now.

 This soup is awesome. And easily serves four very hungry people, add some good bread and salad and it’s show time.
½ # pork chorizo, cooked. Use the good kind that’s lean. It makes a difference. (or, use Soyrizo)
½ # lentils. I used green, but yellow or orange would be tasty if creamier.
½ white onion, in ½” dice
3 stalks of celery, sliced in soup chunk size
2 quarts chicken or pork stock
½ package frozen chopped spinach
S&P to taste
Wash and pick through the lentils. Rocks and bad bits are rare these days, but not impossible.
In a large stock pot, brown the meat. If you didn’t listen and got greasy chorizo, drain it. Toss in the veg and sauté with the meat for a couple minutes. Pour in the lentils and the stock. Simmer about an hour. (Or on low in the crock pot while you’re at work. If you use a crock pot, only use 1.5 qts stock). Ten minutes before serving, take the stick blender to half the pot. This breaks ups some of the lentils and thickens the soup. Then, add the spinach give it a stir and set the dinner table. (If you’re going the Soyrizo route, add it now.)
Serve with lime and hot sauce. Or a sprinkle of smoked paprika and sliced bitter olives. Or with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. You get the idea. You are going to LOVE this.

Servings 4
Calories 228
Fat 9 g
Sodium 830 mg
Carbs 21 g
Protein 16 g

Creamy Tomato Dill Soup

One year. 52 posts.  5,582 views.  Wow.  To celebrate actually sticking with something for year, and the cooling weather, let’s make some soup!


Tomato Dill Soup


 This recipe is easy, fast, delicious, and infinitely modifiable. 

Tomato Dill Soup

 Shall we?
2 Tbsp AP flour
2 Tbsp butter*
Freshly ground black pepper
1 14.5 oz diced tomatoes**
1 Tbsp. grated onion
14.5 oz chicken (vegetable) stock, hot. (In other words, measure it with the can)
½ c. almond milk
1 tsp. dried dill weed**
Puree the tomatoes, set aside.
Reserve some dice if you like your soup chunky.
In the saucepan over medium heat, make a white roux with the fat and flour.
Once it smells cooked and no longer like raw flour, SLOWLY whisk in the hot stock.
Whisk the crap out of it to avoid lumps.
Next, whisk in the tomatoes and whatever herbs/seasonings you feel like. I used 1 tsp. dried dill.
Let simmer for a couple minutes, and right before serving, stir in the creamy stuff of your choice and turn off the heat.
Ladle it up – it’s done.
Garnish with croutons and a dollop of sour cream (or the like).
Make some grilled cheese, and it’s dinner!
You will never buy tomato soup again.
* Or olive oil, or whatever fat you like.
** I like to use the plain low salt diced tomatoes when I do this with dill. You can used the kind with olive oil and garlic, and then toss in a frozen Dorot basil cube (or fresh, if you have it), instead.
You can make this creamy with whatever creamy stuff you like: whole milk, cashew cream, 1/2 & 1/2, soy creamer, heavy cream. Whatever floats your boat

Cheater Chicken Soup

Tender chicken, zucchini, spicy broth and fresh condiments. Yum.
Chicken, spicy broth and fresh condiments. Yum.

Although we all like to make fun, sometimes I get Sandra Dee. Well, at least her approach sometimes….especially her appreciation for cocktails. But I digress….

It’s been a helluva week, so I decided to try free delivery from my local grocery.  And, it was awesome. Except for one thing.  Somebody else picked out my meat, specifically chicken breasts.  I got this package of Chernoble Chicken. You know the kind, unnaturally large, boneless, skinless chicken half breasts that weigh almost a pound apiece and will only be edible if stewed? In retrospect, this is probably why they were such a good price. Sigh. But, when life gives you tough chicken, ya gotta make soup.

Problem is, it’s supposed to be 95* today. Fine, crockpot it is! Problem is, Bill can’t have starchy stuff like noodles or potatoes. Fine, zucchini it is! Chicken and zucchini ….. either mexican style or italian style…Fine, mexican style it is!  I’m totally going Sandra Dee on this mofo, tho – I ain’t slicin’ and dicin’ today, dammit.  Well, except for one zucchini. Fine.

I cannot tell you how much I wish I had an avocado right now. That would push this baby into the sublime zone. Maybe tomorrow with the leftovers…..

Cheater Chicken Soup
Serves 6

For the soup
2# shredded chicken (or three of those behemoths, poached and shredded)*, or leftover rotissamat chicken, or…..leftover turkey
1 quart of water
1 Tbsp. chicken base
2 Tbsp. menudo seasoning
1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
½ c. Southwest blend frozen veg mix (the one with onion, chili, corn and black beans)
1 fat zucchini, in ½” dice

For garnish
fresh cilantro leaves
lime wedges
shredded cabbage
avocado slices
mexican oregano
crumbled tortilla chips

1. Set your crockpot to low. Dump in all the soup ingredients.
2. After four or up to six hours, scoop it in to a bowl and serve with chopped cilantro, lime wedges, radish slices and some shredded cabbage.
3. Or, if you can do the carbs, some crumbled up tortilla chips.
4. And, some avocado slices.
You could totally just put in that chicken raw, and add the zucchini after the first two hours. And, you’ll need to scoop the chicken foam off the top. Gross? Yeah, kinda, that’s why I poached mine first.

You could also have this ready in a soup pot on the stove top and simmer for half an hour, just throw everybody in the pool from the get-go.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184
Total Fat 8g
Sodium 91mg
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 3g
Protein 13g

Vitamin C 132%

(edited October 2017 to remove a recipe plug-in and just have the recipe in the post)

Velouté d’asperges et courgettes au thym et citron (it sounds so fancy for leftovers…)

Some parts of being a former French teacher I will not let go – the biggest being a serious French Food Fangirl, and proud of it. Why? Allow me to illustrate – they can take the bits of stuff we would have thrown out and turn it in to something extraordinary.  This is creamy asparagus soup made with asparagus butts. You know, those end pieces you trim off and throw away? 

This is a super simple recipe and you can discern every ingredient with each bite – the sweetness of the squash and onion, a faint note of celery, the earthiness of the asparagus, touches of lemon and thyme and through it all the gorgeous richness of that butter. Oh, my.


This beautiful, rich, fresh-tasting soup came to be because I was going to post about a roasted asparagus salad but wound up with some serious woody asparagus stems.

And that made me think of my last French host mom, and how horrified she would be if I threw that much food away. So, I put those, and a couple chopped up courgettes, a celery rib and a slice of onion in the steamer.

After twenty minutes, I puréed it with some warm chicken stock, pushed it through a mesh sieve, put in a ton of butter and a dash of lemon zest and fresh thyme and called it exquisite. Which it was. 

Asparagus Courgette Soup

The next time you have some asparagus butts, make this. You will be SO happy!

Asparagus Squash Soup with Lemon & Thyme
Serves 2
Fast, healthy creamy soup equally delicious hot or at room temp.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
217 calories
12 g
46 g
18 g
6 g
11 g
367 g
28 g
8 g
1 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217
Calories from Fat 159
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
Saturated Fat 11g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 46mg
Sodium 28mg
Total Carbohydrates 12g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 8g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 cups of asparagus butts
  2. 2 courgettes (zucchini/dark green summmer squash)
  3. 1 small celery stalk
  4. 1 thickish slice of an onion (about 1/4")
  5. Chicken broth as needed
  6. 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  7. 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  8. 1/4 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  1. Steam the veg for 20 minutes.
  2. Purée in your food processor for a good bit with enough hot broth to get it going. You can add the rest of the ingredients here, or after you strain it - your choice.
  3. Strain the purée through a mesh sieve to get out the woody parts of the stem and celery strings.
  4. Serve with a lemon wedge, and if you're feeling truly daring another pat of butter.
  5. Now in your best Julia voice, say "bon appétit!"
  1. Serve with some garlicky croutons and Yum!
Adapted from La Dinette de Crevette
Bucket of Yum

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