Thursday, March 5, 2009

Chorizo, Shrimp & Lentil Stew

This one was a bit of a freezer cleaner for us. We had a couple leftover chorizo links & a few shrimp in the freezer so I decided to use them together in a stew.
Chorizo, Shrimp & Lentil Stew
Rice is probably more typical with sausage & shrimp but I had a hankering to use the lentils I had sitting in the pantry. This made for a really hearty & satisfying stew with a warm smoky flavor. We both thought the broth was amazing. The shrimp was ok in it but really not necessary & I think next time I make this I'll just leave it out.

Chorizo, Shrimp & Lentil Stew

1 T olive oil
2 carrots, peeled & sliced
1 small onion, peeled & diced
1 clove garlic, peeled & minced
2 chorizo links, sliced (This is Spanish style chroizo not Mexican)
1 bay leaf
1/4 t smoked paprika
1/8 t chipotle powder
1 14-oz can diced fired roasted tomatoes
1 1/2 c low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 c lentils
10 cooked shrimp

Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion, garlic & chorizo. Cook until the onions are translucent. Stir in the bay leaf, paprika and chipotle & cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth & lentil. Bring to a boil. Cover & reduce heat to simmer. Let simmer for about 20 minutes, until the lentils are tender. If the stew is a little dry add a little more broth. Test for seasoning & add salt if needed. Stir in shrimp & cook until just heated.

3 servings


Peter M said...

What a wonderful combo...a little rustic, little posh, little ethnic...delish!

Anne Coleman said...

Chorizo for me is like bacon for everyone else! Yum!

Finla said...

Wow that bowl of food looks really comforting.
Wish i had them now, drool.

Jen said...

I'm always looking for a new things to do with lentils-- this soup looks great.

Thistlemoon said...

What a cool idea to clean out your freezer this way (that was a pun, huh?)!

Kristin said...

looks incredible- definitely something I would make!

grace said...

you're just a whiz in the kitchen and that's all there is to it. you impress me every time with your food sense. :)

Megan said...

Is there anything better than sausage in stew? No, I think not.

This looks delish.

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