Sopa de Lentejas (Colombian-Style Lentil soup)

by Erica Dinho on March 28, 2009

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Sopa de Lentejas Colombiana

Sopa de Lentejas or Colombian Style Lentil Soup is a standard in a lot of Colombian kitchens, the Colombian chorizo sausage gives the soup extra flavor. This is a very substantial soup that would make a meal-in-a-bowl served with white rice.

Receta de Sopa de Lentejas




  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chorizo, sliced
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 ¼ cup dried lentils
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup grated carrots
  • ½ cup potato, cuted into bite-sized pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • Colombian lentil-soup

  • CILANTRO CREAM (optional)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • In a small bowl, mixed the heavy cream with chopped cilantro and lime juice and season with salt and pepper.

Lentil Soup Recipe


  1. Cook the chorizo in the oil in a large pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chorizo to a plate lined with paper towel.
  2. Add the carrots, onion, garlic, tomato and scallions to the pot, season with salt and pepper. Cook stirring occasionally about 12 minutes. Stir in the cumin and cook 1 more minute.
  3. Add the lentils and water, bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium low, cover and cook until the lentils become tender but not mushy about 45 minutes.
  4. Add chorizo and potatoes, cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes are fully cooked and fork tender, thin with water if necessary. Ladle into soup bowls and top with cream if using and serve immediately.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 5 Star Foodie March 29, 2009 at 8:26 AM

I love chorizo sausage and would really love this soup – it sounds excellent!


2 bakergirlcreations March 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Love chorizo and have been looking for a new lentil soup to try! Sounds good.


3 Kimberly September 26, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Thank you! This soup was PERFECT! My husband really enjoyed it.


4 Erica September 27, 2009 at 7:25 AM

Hi Kimberly,
Thank you very much for your feedback :)


5 Bruce February 28, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Delicious! I made this for my Colombian wife while she was at work on a cold winter day. When she arrived home and tasted this soup, she was in heaven. Thank you Kimberly.


6 Lori March 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

I made this soup for my family and we loved it. I followed all the steps and it was perfect.


7 PJ May 17, 2010 at 6:03 PM

This soup is filling my house with a lovely scent! I make a soup to share with the working parents who come to my knitting group every Monday, so I am always on the lookout for a new twist on an old favorite. This is delicious with or without the cilantro cream. Thank you for putting Colombian recipes within reach and helping us make them taste authentic.

You take me back to my college roommate’s mother’s house in Bogota. Arepas for breakfast, soups for lunch, onces and other treats fill my memories. Now I can make them for my family and take them with me down memory lane. Muchas Gracias!


8 Denise Williams June 13, 2010 at 7:55 AM

Thanks so much Erica for this recipe. My daughter-in-law is Colombian and she makes this for us all the time and we love the dish. I’ll be able to surprise her with it for a change. She also uses a ham hock and cooks it with soaked lentils for an hour and a half before adding the other ingredients.
It’s always absolutely delicious.


9 Luis September 28, 2011 at 11:48 PM

Add couple spoon of white plane flour before coocking. It gives it more texture. You will love it


10 Jorge December 6, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Hi, Is this the typical “lentejas Colombianas” or just lentil soup? Looking to make the typical “Colombian lentejas”. Thx!


11 Traci May 14, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing! I served mine with sliced avocado. The recipe is one of the best I’ve had!


12 Lynette June 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Do you have to soak the lentils ahead? If so for how long and any tips?


13 Erica Dinho June 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM

You don’t have to soak the lentils. Wash and rinse very good!


14 Lynette June 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Thx! So excited to make then for the first time. My abuelita use to make this all the time :) this meal will bring back some amazing memories.


15 Larissa August 20, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I cooked this for dinner tonigh was super


16 Anna December 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Is it cured chorizo or fresh chorizo


17 Cristina January 16, 2014 at 1:51 AM

I made this last night and it was THE best. My son (who is 7) is very picky and devoured this dish. Thank you!!!


18 Angela January 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I made this for my Colombian husband, he took a bite, and told me it was just like what his mother makes. Perfect!


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