Soups are a staple in the Colombian diet. Regardless of the outside temperature, our internal thermostat calls for a hearty bowl of sopa caliente. Heralded for its restorative powers, in my family, soup had magical ones as well. When I was a child in Colombia, my mamita and my mom would wisely advise: "If you’re not feeling well, eat soup. If you want to be tall and cute, eat soup. If you want to be smart, eat soup. If you want to have dessert, eat soup."
My love of soup is now deep and true. And when I miss my family, am exhausted, or feeling down, I head straight to the kitchen to make this lentil, beef, and quinoa soup. It’s a remake of my mom’s recipe, rich, comforting, and delicious. Make it your own by switching up the lentils and swapping the beef for pork, chicken or chorizo. Or make it meatless and serve it with a poached egg on top.