Bean-and-chorizo stew

Bean-and-chorizo stew

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  • 8
  • Easy
  • wheat and gluten free
  • 10 minutes
  • 1 hour
  • Boplaas Touriga Naçional

“It’s the ultimate bowl food, to be eaten as a stew, a side dish or a substantial soup if diluted a bit. I will keep a bit aside before adding the chilli, in the hope that Seb will eat it. The chorizo makes this vegetable-heavy dish acceptable to him. But the chilli is pushing it.” – Sam Woulidge


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 4 large onions, finely chopped
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 220 g smoked Spanish chorizo, thinly sliced (and, if you think it necessary, cut into half-moons)
  • 12 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 t rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 t smoked chilli flakes (optional but advised)
  • 4 x 400 g cans butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 x 400 g cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 t lemon zest

Cooking Instructions

1. Heat 4 T olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook for 10–15 minutes until nicely browned but not burnt.

2. Remove the onions from the pan, set aside in a dish and lightly sprinkle with sea salt.

3. Add 2 T olive oil to the same pan and fry the chorizo over a low heat for 3–4 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.

4. Add the remaining olive oil, garlic, rosemary and chilli flakes and cook over a medium heat until the garlic is golden. Be careful not to burn it.

5. Add the butter beans, tomatoes and water. Bring to a simmer over a medium heat until the sauce thickens, this should take about 25 minutes.

6. Add the onions and fried chorizo and cook over a low heat. Season to taste. If you prefer a soup to a stew, add more water. Add the lemon zest before serving.

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Photograph: Jan Ras
Production: Bianca Strydom
Food assistant: Hannah Moerdyk

Sam Woulidge Recipe by: Sam Woulidge
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Cape Town-based writer Sam Woulidge is a regular TASTE columnist, blogger and author of 'Confessions of a Hungry Woman'. Follow her on Twitter @samwoulidge

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