This should be so thick that you can nearly stand a spoon in it.
1-1½ Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
1 leek, trimmed, halved, washed thoroughly and sliced
2 sticks celery, well washed and sliced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 Tbsp thyme leaves
3-4 (280g/about 9 oz) fresh (soft) chorizo sausages, sliced
750ml (about 1½ pints) unsalted vegetable or chicken stock
500ml (about 1 pint) water
400g (14 oz) can crushed tomatoes
150g (5-6 oz) green beans, topped and tailed and cut into thirds
Finely grated zest 1 lemon
1 cup puy lentils
1 tsp salt
Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling, optional
1 Put oil in a saucepan and set pan over a low to medium heat. Drop in butter, then leek, celery, carrots and garlic and thyme. Cover pan with a lid, lower heat and cook gently for 15 minutes, until very tender; if vegetables look as if they are starting to catch, splash in a little water.
2 Heat a slick of olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan over medium heat and add the chorizo. Brown quickly on both sides, turning with tongs, then tilt pan, let fat drain off and transfer to a plate; don’t cook the sausages right through as they continue cooking in the soup.
3 Add stock, water, tomatoes, green beans and lemon zest to vegetables. Rinse lentils in a sieve until water runs clear and add to soup with drained chorizo. Bring to the boil, then lower heat and cook gently, partially covered with a lid, for 45-50 minutes or until everything is very tender. Add salt, then check seasoning. Mash gently 3-4 times with a potato masher to thicken the soup. If soup requires a little more liquid, add hot stock or water. If liked, serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
This should be so thick that you can nearly stand a spoon in it., however, it can be thinned with a little hot stock or water at the end of cooking if you need to stretch it to serve more people. If liked, drizzle individual bowls with a little extra virgin olive oil before serving. It’s important to use top quality meaty chorizo sausages, not bags of sawdust and fat.