Well back to school, back to life and back to normality for us here in Morocco. It was a very short break for us but we did manage to do a day trip or two and a quick trip down the coast to a gorgeous town called Essaouria, which I will tell you all about one of these fine days.
At the moment it is cold and rainy here and there is a definite need for some comfort food! Beans….Spanish style…spicy and hot with some red pepper and chorizo….
For a quicker version you could use tinned butterbeans for this, but I used white beans that I soaked overnight in water and then cooked for about two hours with some onion, bay leaf, thyme and olive oil. Click here if you would like more info on cooking dried beans.
250g White Beans, soaked overnight and cooked
2 tins Butter Beans
2 Tbs Olive Oil
2 carrots, diced
2 leeks, sliced
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 Tbs Thyme leaves
1 Tsp finely chopped red chilli (or more if you like it hot!)
1 large red pepper sliced
1 spicy chorizo sausage, sliced
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
2 tomatoes finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Add the carrots, leeks, celery, chilli, bay leaf and thyme and fry for a few minutes until softened. Add the garlic, red pepper and chorizo and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Add the prepared beans with about ½ cup of the liquid and the tomatoes and leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the tomatoes are soft.
Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with some fresh bread.