Monday, March 7, 2011

White Beans with Creamy Red Sauce, Chorizo, Onions and Peppers


I know. Chorizo. Again. What can I say...if the price is right, there are times I buy in bulk.

It's the same woman who was standing in that boutique fish market a few weeks back - handing far too much money over to a boy in an apron in exchange for a half pound chunk of glistening Chilean Sea Bass!

For every .5 lb. specialty fish I buy...comes five plus pounds of a moderate to low priced spiced pork product! Because in my's all about balance!


And...anyone who follows my blog will be disheartened to hear...I still have two links of chorizo left.

In this post, I did spare you however, the "photo op" of my serrated knife slicing through the sausage on a bias...because really...haven't we all seen enough?  So here's Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese instead. Equally Sexy.


This rustic White Beans with Creamy Red Sauce, Chorizo, Onions and Peppers was on the table in under 40 minutes.

Perfect for a weeknight meal or a Saturday afternoon with friends...just don't forget the wine and the bread!

White Beans with Creamy Red Sauce, Chorizo, Onions and Peppers

2 cans small white beans, drained and rinsed
1 large or 2 smaller green peppers, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
1 large or 2 smaller onions, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
4 large cloves of garlic, diced
4-6 chorizo sausage links, sliced on a bias into 1/2 inch pieces
4 cups tomato sauce (here I used San Marzano diced tomatoes)
1 tablespoon anchovy paste (optional)
1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream
Lots of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
A few handfuls of fresh arugula and/or baby spinach (I used arugula because I had it, think I would prefer baby spinach but either will do just fine!)
Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper to taste


In a hot cast iron skillet brown your chorizo until cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Turn off pan and leave them in there to sit. (Do not drain)

In another large pan, heat up olive oil and add onion and garlic and saute 3-4 minutes.

Add green pepper and continue cooking until vegetables begin to soften. 

Add tomato sauce, anchovy paste and heavy cream and mix together well until the sauce lightens.

Take the chorizo pieces that are sitting in their pan and place them one by one into the vegetable/sauce mixture pan. Cook another minute or two until all ingredients are folder together well.

In a separate pot, add about a tablespoon or two of the chorizo grease to the bottom. Add your white beans and cook over medium heat just a few minutes to warm and coat with that delicious chorizo flavor.

Add the vegetable/chorizo pan contents to the pot of white beans and stir together well.

Stir in and garnish with lots of cheese (and *greens too if you want) and serve.

*Greens can also be served on the side - whatever floats your boat! :)


Heather said...

Sounds and looks so good! I like the parmesan shot. Looks like you stock up on good cheese too!

Mostly Food and Crafts said...

I just bought chorizo today! This looks delish.


Courtney said...

Your posts seriously brighten my day!

Beautiful shot of the Parmigiano-Reggiano - such a delicious cheese! :)

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

looks wonderful!

Edible Art said...

Wow, this looks great.
this recipe looks relatively easy as well, i just might make this on a rainy day, but mine, with a pinch of paprika for spicy, MMmm !!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

The cheese money shot makes me happy. If that's wrong then I don't wanna be right :)

The dish looks good too. One of these days I'm gonna get brave & try some chorizo :)

The Food Hound said...

Girlfriend, this is awesome. I love the Booze Hound only slightly more than chorizo... just kidding... sort of :) I love the textures of this dish, ESPECIALLY the creamy sauce. YUM! PS- it's ok to splurge for sea bass. It's the cashmere of fish and sometimes you just need some cashmere.

Clint said...

Uh Huh. Yes. We got a plan with feelin' and love. That looks sooo good. You rock! Thank you.

Angela said...

Oh, yum! THat looks super fresh and delicious.

Nuts about food said...

There can NEVER be too many pictures of chorizo or recipes at that. I totally agree with your "balance philosophy": it is good to dish out money on something worthwhile, but you also don't need fancy ingredients to make a tasty dish.

Marc van der Wouw said...

Looks and sounds fabulous...great cheese...Thanks for sharing

Unknown said...

You can never have too much chorizo!! At least that's what I always say :) YUM!!!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

You and I share the same food philosophy! One day I'm forking over an unGodly amount at Whole Foods for grass fed fillets or lamb and another I'm buying (what is probably inhumanely raised) pork tenderloin on sale in bulk at HEB...

Like you said - balance, right? This dish looks lovely. And if you're going to buy a lot of something I can't think of anything better than chorizo.

Unknown said...

I love chorizo, so keep the recipes coming!


Karen said...

My husband is convinced he doesn't like chorizo, but I think a dish like this might sway him. Looks fantastic! Love the pairing with the beans and parm. Yum!

Medifast Coupon Code 2011 said...

Sure looks good, can't believe it only took you 40 minutes, that would be awesome for a weeknight meal in my house.

Michelle @ On and Off My Plate said...

That looks fantastic and I love the addition of arugula for a bit more pepper bite! I have some spicy Italian sausage and I bet it would work as well. Thanks for sharing.


PS..still lusting after the sliders!

Simply Life said...

oh this is definitely a dish my husband and I would love to share! Looks wonderful!

chow and chatter said...

oh yum and adore your pictures

Mary Bergfeld said...

That really sounds fantastic. In addition to being gorgeous it is bursting with goodness. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Magic of Spice said...

Your so funny :) Wonderful dish, and as always beautiful photos! Yes the cheese is quite sexy :)

Katerina said...

This is the dish I want right now with the snow and the low temperatures. It is hearty, loaded with energy and delicious!

Mostly Food and Crafts said...

I made this dish a while ago and finally got around to posting it today in my "Your Recipe-My Kitchen" post with a link back to you. Stop by and see.

thanks for the inspiration,


kershaw knives said...

Looks like a gastronomic blessing. Wouldn't have been possible without the aide of a good serrated knife.