Pork, chickpea and chorizo stew

Gift wrapped stew

Gift-wrapped stew - the essential present for new parents!

When you have a baby and are stuck in a timewarp of sleepless nights, feeding and changing nappies, cooking meals really are the last thing on your mind.

So the nicest present I think you can give a new mum is a home-cooked nutritious meal that they can just reheat and scoff.

My friend Sharron gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last month, the delicious Greta, so I cooked up a tasty stew to put in her fridge.

The recipe is taken from a book i’m reviewing – Aggie’s Family Cookbook by Aggie MacKenzie of How Clean Is Your House fame. Check back on the blog soon for a full write-up of this practical tome.

It’s a great recipe as it doesn’t need hours to cook – the whole thing can be prepped and ready in under an hour. It does however benefit from an overnight stay in the fridge – the robust paprika flavour really intensifies, but not so spicy it’d put off little people.

Robust flavours in this substantial stew recipe

Robust flavours in this substantial stew recipe

It’s a protein-lovers’ dream with chunks of pork, little chorizo sausages and chickpeas – great energy food.

I’d be tempted to double up the recipe and portion it off into the freezer as a fast jacket potato topping on a cold Saturday lunchtime.

Pork, chickpea and chorizo stew

Pork, chickpea and chorizo stew

Pork, chickpea and chorizo stew (Aggie MacKenzie, Aggie’s Family Cookbook)

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20-25 mins
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion thinly sliced
1 red/yellow pepper, sliced
1 garlic clove, sliced
400g pork tenderloin cut into bite-size pieces (chicken also works well)
8 mini chorizo sausages
1 tsp smoked sweet paprika
400g chopped tomtoes
150ml hot chicken/veg stock
400g canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed

METHOD

1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion and pepper. Cook over a medium heat for 5 mins, until the onion starts to turn golden and the pepper softens. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

2. Add the pork and chorizo and brown quickly. Stir in the paprika, then add the tomatoes and stock. Season well, cover and bring to the boil.  Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, or until the pork is cooked.

3. Tip the chickpeas into the pan and cook for a further 2-3 mins to heat through. Spoon into bowls and serve with crusty bread.

I’m going to try and make a vegetarian version of this using more veggies and some quorn pieces.

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About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog www.feedingboys.co.uk is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea! She lives in West London with her two young boys and yes, her firefighter husband.
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12 Responses to Pork, chickpea and chorizo stew

  1. Helen says:

    This looks great, and what a lovely idea.
    I have that cookbook, I must go through it again & find this recipe – I must admit I did mostly look at the cakes & puddings!

  2. Ah – I love this recipe!! I use a chunk of diced choritzo instead of the sausages though. I also made it for my friend when she had her little son, but I didn’t put a pretty ribbon on it like you – what a nice idea! x

  3. Jan Bailey says:

    Looks a great winter warmer recipe – and it’s a lovely gift for new parents when they’re at that “hamster on a wheel” stage! I’m all for a bit of practical help!

  4. Carolina J. says:

    How very nice of you to do it for your friend. I wish I had such a friend. 🙂

  5. ali.b. says:

    Going to give this a go, Stupid question alert though…. is smoked sweet paprika different to the jar of paprika I have in the cupboard???

  6. must admit think that is a wonderful idea, and yes something I would have appreciated back in the day, but have never thought about doing.

  7. Ali.b. says:

    Thank you for clarifying 🙂 x

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