A Typical Spanish winter recipe

1 December 2017 0 Comments Category: Active Lifestyle, Barbara de Swaan


Who doesn’t love Spanish cuisine?

When you think of Spain and it’s great food, the first things that normally come to mind, are tapas and rice dishes like paella and lots of seafood, but though it doesn’t get that cold in most places in Spain, the temperature does drop quite a bit and depending on where you live, it might even get really cold.

It’s true that most foreigners live next to the coast and the more South the more foreigners, but the’re also a lot who  live in Madrid where the winters are icy cold and windy with temperatures between -5ºC and +10ºC or more inland in Catalonia where the’re are mountains and snow. So, some days the Spanish feel like preparing a typical winter dish that gives the body energy to get through the day.

This is one of my favourite Spanish dished, because it’s healthy, a little spicy and I love the combination of all the different tastes that come together.

Lentil Stew (Lentejas)

I will give one variation, but there are many options, use your imagination and add whatever you feel like.

These are the main ingredients you’ll need for 4 persons:

  • about half a sausage of chorizo (I perfer to use the small version)
  • 4 small normal sausages (butifarra)
  • 1 union
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 pots of lentils (pre-cooked for the mums with work and children)
  • 1 big carrot or 2 smaller ones
  • 1 big potatoe or 2 smaller ones
  • 1 big red or green bell pepper
  • Some tomato sauce (not absoloutely necessary)
  • spices: a little bit of red pepper and some salt
  • 1 table spoon of olive oil


Cut the potatoe in very small dices and cook them for about 5 minutes. In the meanwhile you cut the sausages into small slices. Cut the union, the garlic, the carrot and the belle pepper into small pieces and start frying them on a low fire with one table spoon of olive oil.

After 3 minutes, add the sausages and fry them with a higher temperature.

Drain the potato dices and add them to the sausages and vegetable. Add salt and some red pepper. Add the lentils (firdt drain them and wash them when they come from a pot) and let all of this simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

If you like the stew to be more liquid, you can add half a can of tomato sauce and/or some water.

Make sure that all the ingredients are wel soft before eating them.


I serve the stew with some recently baked bread and a nice glass of red wine.

Enjoy and let me know how you liked it!

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