Chickpeas with Chorizo

Recently we picked up some chorizo, a sausage who’s origins are from the Iberian Peninsula, at  a local market.  I wanted to do something quick and easy with it, but also desired something slightly healthy to offset the pork, fat, preservatives, and sodium content of this delicious meat!  So I altered a recipe I found on the Internet to suit my needs.  The result landed this meal on our Thumbs Up list, proving to be a big hit with all members of the family!  Serve with crusty bread.

Chickpeas & Chorizo

Chickpeas with Chorizo
Serves 4
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 large onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 chorizo sausages
crushed dried chillies
a glass of white wine
6 tomatoes, diced
2 cans chick peas  (or soak a bag overnight, then cook), drained
small bunch of spinach
Warm the olive oil in a heavy pan. Add onions to the oil, stirring to coat them, then letting them cook at a moderate heat. Add the garlic into the onions. Leave to cook, partially covered by a lid, until the onions are soft and pale gold.
Cut each sausage into slices. Mix these in with the softened onions then add a teaspoon or so of crushed, dried chillies. Pour in a glass of  white wine and bring it to a boil. Chop the tomatoes roughly, add them and bring them to the boil, then add the chickpeas, drained and rinsed, then pour in a can of water, then season with salt and black pepper. Bring to the boil then turn down to a simmer and leave to cook, slowly, half covered with a lid for 45 minutes.
Give it a stir from time to time, and check the liquid levels. What you want to end up with is a rich, brick-red sauce with a spiciness from the chillies and chorizo.
Just before serving. Chop the spinach then stir into the stew till cooked. Serve in shallow bowls.
Recipe inspired by Nigel Slater.

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About Michele

Michele, wife of 18 years to Robert (affectionately known as The Excellent Husband), and mother of three wonderful children, desires to encourage women to recognize their worth that is far above rubies. She serves her Savior, homeschools, gardens, spends time outdoors, cooks and bakes from scratch, knits, sews, and enjoys anything related to family. And now she carries around a little book in her pocket where she scratches notes on what to blog about.

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