What do you do when you haven’t gone to the markets to stock up on your poultry or meat? You scrounge around your freezer to see what else is there, because let’s face it, takeaway in winter is just not that appealing when all you’re after is something warm, cosy and hearty yet healthy. This was what happened two weeks ago and it led me to thankfully finding some chorizos in my fridge. Phew! We were saved! There was meat! Next thing on the agenda was to actually find a recipe that would be substantial for the family. Cue Jamie Oliver and his Scrumptious Spanish Chorizo and Chickpeas Soup, only I decided to base the idea around his soup and turned mine more into a stew, with a few other added ingredients. Jamie had spinach and ham in his soup, and had more tomatoes, while I decided to add some capsicum and potatoes and used less tomatoes. He also stewed his soup a lot longer but I thought the chorizo coupled with the smoked paprika that I added gave the stew an extra kick.
Here’s my version of the Spanish Chorizo and Chickpeas Stew.
As usual, this was a hit with the family and they even had seconds! Or they could just be really hungry. Seriously though? This stew is so full of flavour thanks to the chorizo, red capsicum and smoked paprika I added into the stew. The egg does give the stew a more hearty feel, but really, there’s no need to grate the eggs, just chop them up.