Chorizo and Butterbean Soup

Posted By Kerri


On the way home from dinner last night, we realised that we didn’t have anything planned to eat this evening. I suggested we soak some butterbeans and find something to do with them today.

It was doomed to failure from the start really, I like to plan meals in advance and don’t really work very well under pressure. I spent some time looking for a recipe that appealed today and, not really finding anything that hit the spot, settled on this Delia Smith recipe.

We didn’t have any bacon so I substituted that for chorizo. On looking through the recipe properly, it seemed a little disjointed with lots of elements being cooked separetely. I started by frying off the chorizo before removing it from the pan and then frying the rest of the ingredients while the beans cooked. Delia’s 20-30 minutes cooking time for the beans was optimistic to say the least, they took over an hour before I could combine all the other ingredients and add the milk and parsley.

I’d love to say it was worth the wait but it really wasn’t. The end result was thin and watery and, even though I’d tried to combine the ingredients in one pan, the dish just didn’t come together.

There’s loads left which I was planning to pack off with Stephen tomorrow for lunch, perhaps he won’t read this before he leaves for work in the morning.

Jan 27th, 2009

5 Comments to 'Chorizo and Butterbean Soup'

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  1. Lizzie said,

    I think it’s rescue-able – nothing a tin of tomatoes or a squirt of tomato puree can’t fix!

    Lizzie’s last blog post..Double-Herbed Meatballs

  2. Nate said,

    Throw it all in a big pot and cook it down some more. Should taste better the next day.

    Nate’s last blog post..Thai-Inspired Caesar Salad Recipe

  3. Kerri said,

    Both good ideas, thanks!

  4. Helen said,

    Oh it’s such a bummer when a recipe doesn’t work out the way you want it to. If only you had some sun dried tom paste or something like that. An injection of richness! Hopefully it ‘matured’ a little overnight so Stephen wasn’t that gutted when he found he had it for lunch 😉

    Helen’s last blog post..Crispy Chinese Roast Pork Belly.

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