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Best Spanish Lentil Soup with Potatoes

Some Spanish recipes have the power to warm your body and soul with just one bite, which is much needed during cold days.

The Spanish soup recipes are the best alternative to achieve that, and the Spanish lentil soup with potatoes will warm you up while filling you with nutrients, protein, and healthy fats.

Here you will find all of the information that you need to learn how to cook lentils with potatoes all blended in the most wonderful soup that you will ever try, with some other tips for serving and storing.

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Background of the Dish

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Lentils were originally cultivated in the Near East, but as trade between that region and the coastal areas of Spain increased, different culinary combinations were born.

With a magnificent and nowadays historical port, Andalusia received most of the exchanges and that’s how the lentil soup Spanish style was born.

This Spanish lentil soup with potatoes has some beloved ingredients of the region, such as garlic, onion, olive oil, and tomatoes, as well as the Andalusian classic mix of spices.

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Things You’ll Need for Spanish Lentil Soup with Potatoes

To make the classic lentil soup recipe you need lentils (green or brown) potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, onion, garlic, and vegetable broth.

The only equipment necessary for the Spanish lentil soup with potatoes is a large pot and that’s it.

different lentil types for the Spanish lentil soup with potatoes.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups (1.4l) vegetable broth
  • 2 cups (400gr) dry green or brown lentils
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

How to Make Spanish Lentil Soup with Potatoes – Step by Step Guide

lentils being soaked in water for the Spanish lentil soup with potatoes
  1. For the first step in this potato and lentil soup recipe, you have to soak the lentils for at least one hour or until they are softer. Rinse and drain the water. You can skip this step by using canned and cooked lentils.
  1. Then, wash and chop the tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion into small pieces. Peel and chop the potatoes and carrots into small cubes, also peel and mince the garlic.
  1. After that, grab a large pot and heat olive oil over medium heat. Also, add chopped onions and garlic and cook until onions are translucent.
  1. For the next step in this potato lentil soup recipe, add diced carrots, potatoes, and red bell pepper to the pot. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  1. Now stir in smoked paprika, ground cumin, dried thyme, and bay leaf. Cook the lentil potato soup for two more minutes to allow the spices to release their flavors.
  1. Then, add the diced tomatoes (with their juice) to the pot. Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil. Season the Spanish lentil soup with salt and black pepper to taste.
  1. After that, add the rinsed lentils to the pot. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let the lentil and potato soup simmer for about 30 minutes or until the lentils and vegetables are tender. 
  1. For the final step in this easy lentil soup recipe, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Pour the Spanish lentil soup with potatoes into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.

Substitution of Ingredients

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This lentil potato recipe only calls for a few basic ingredients, yet it leaves you room for some changes that you can make.

To have something more similar to a Spanish lentil stew just reduce the amount of broth that you add, about two cups less than what was listed.

To make it a creamy Spanish lentil soup with potatoes just add 1/2 cup of heavy cream or a few tablespoons of cream cheese while cooking the soup and mix well until it thickens.

If you don’t follow a vegan diet then you can turn it into a lentil soup with ham and potatoes or add some chopped chorizo to elevate the flavors and add different textures to this dish.

Or if you want a soup that has more meat, you can give a go to our Spanish lentil soup with chorizo or the Spanish ham and bean soup recipe.

Tips on Serving Spanish Lentil Soup with Potatoes

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The Spanish lentil soup with potatoes can be served all year round, but you will probably enjoy it more during the cold fall and winter days.

Besides that, the potato lentil soup is a perfect main dish that will fill you up without the need for any side or appetizer, as it has carbs, protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

To make it a hearty soup, you can add cooked Spanish chorizo or ham to this lentil soup recipe with potatoes, although it won’t be a vegetarian dish anymore.

Other soups from Spain that make for some amazing main dishes are the Spanish ham and bean soup and the Spanish chicken soup with rice.

How to Store Spanish Lentil Soup with Potatoes

How to Store Spanish Lentil Soup with Potatoes. Ingredients and plastic containers in a fridge.

This Spanish lentil soup with potatoes is extremely popular among meal-prep lovers because you can make it and store it for up to 60 days without it going bad.

To do that, you have to let the Spanish lentil soup with potatoes come to room temperature and then place it in a covered container (with a lid or plastic wrap).

Then, you can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for two months, but make sure to add a label or tag with the date so you don’t exceed that time.

Other Spanish soup recipes that you can make and store for later are the Spanish bacon bean soup and the Spanish chicken soup recipe.

Recipe Card: Spanish Lentil Soup with Potatoes

Yield: 6

Spanish Lentil Soup with Potatoes

spanish pork and potato soup with chorizo and potatoes served in a white bowl

Some Spanish recipes have the power to warm your body and soul with just one bite, which is much needed during cold days.

The Spanish soup recipes are the best alternative to achieve that, and the Spanish lentil soup with potatoes will warm you up while filling you with nutrients, protein, and healthy fats.

Here you will find all of the information that you need to learn how to cook lentils with potatoes all blended in the most wonderful soup that you will ever try, with some other tips for serving and storing.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 6 cups (1.4l) vegetable broth
  • 2 cups (400gr) dry green or brown lentils
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Soak the lentils for at least one hour or until they are softer. Rinse and drain the water. You can skip this step by using canned and cooked lentils.
  2. Wash and chop the tomatoes, bell pepper, and onion into small pieces. Peel and chop the potatoes and carrots into small cubes, also peel and mince the garlic.
  3. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent.
  4. Add diced carrots, potatoes, and red bell pepper to the pot. Cook the Spanish lentil soup for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. To continue with this Spanish lentil soup recipe, stir in smoked paprika, ground cumin, dried thyme, and bay leaf. Cook for an additional 2 minutes to allow the spices to release their flavors.
  6. Add the diced tomatoes (with their juice) to the pot. Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil. Season the soup with salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Add the rinsed lentils to the pot. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 30 minutes or until the lentils and vegetables are tender. 
  8. To finish this lentil soup with potatoes recipe, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Pour the Spanish lentil soup with potatoes into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.

Notes

To prepare this lentil soup with potatoes faster just use canned lentils, as they usually come soaked and cooked (you finish the cooking of the lentils while heating them with the rest of the soup).

You can make this potato and lentil soup spicier by adding chili flakes, using jalapeño peppers, and a few tablespoons of hot sauce.

Feel free to play with the amount of vegetables that you use on this Spanish lentil soup with potatoes.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 241Total Fat 6.7gSaturated Fat 1.2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 945mgCarbohydrates 33.4gFiber 9.1gSugar 7.2gProtein 13.3g

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