Chorizo, pork belly & chickpea casserole

Chorizo, pork belly & chickpea casserole

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(70 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 30 mins

Easy

Serves 4
A Spanish-influenced stew with slow-cooked belly pork, a cheap cut with great flavour and soft texture

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal680
  • fat45.2g
  • saturates15.7g
  • carbs22.6g
  • sugars9.4g
  • fibre4.4g
  • protein43.5g
  • salt1.3g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 700g skinless, boneless pork belly, cut into large bite-sized chunks
  • 100g cooking chorizo, sliced into thin rounds
    Chorizo

    Chorizo

    chore-reeth-oh

    A coarsely textured spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 1 large onion, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 tsp fennel seed
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • small pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 2 garlic clove
  • 4 bay leaf, fresh are best
  • sprig of thyme

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • large pinch golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 50ml sherry vinegar or good quality red wine vinegar
  • 400g tin chopped tomato
  • 400g tin chickpea, drained and rinsed
  • fresh chopped parsley
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

Method

  1. 1 Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Heat the oil in a casserole dish with a lid and spend a good 10 mins browning the pork on all sides. If your casserole dish isn’t wide enough to fit the pork in a single layer then brown it in batches. Scoop the pork out and set aside then add the chorizo and sizzle for a minute. Add the vegetables, fennel seeds, chilli flakes, garlic and herbs and cook for about 5 mins until the vegetables are soft and just starting to colour. Sprinkle over the sugar and stir in the tomato purée then splash in the vinegar and bubble for a moment. Tip in the tomatoes and a can of water. Stir the pork and juices into the sauce, season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer.

  2. Cover the dish with a lid and place in the oven for 1 hr 45 mins, checking occasionally and if the sauce becomes too thick add a splash more water. Remove the pan from the oven and stir in the chickpeas and return to the oven for 15 mins. Remove again and leave to cool slightly so it’s not scorching hot then stir through the parsley. Taste for seasoning and serve with crusty bread or boiled potatoes.

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mrlpeck
26th Feb, 2014
5.05
Delicious
mrlpeck
26th Feb, 2014
5.05
Delicious and v easy to cook. My husband really enjoyed it and may have eaten some of the chickpeas which is v unusual!
Badgers wood
9th Feb, 2014
5.05
Made this yesterday for a family dinner. It was absolutely delicious!! I kept the pork belly whole, pan fried it skin side down first to brown it. I also added two dried chillies and cooked it for about 2 hours, checking every so often. I added a small amount of water during the cooking process. When cooked, I took off the skin/excess fat and cut it into four portions.
Sara Brown
17th Jan, 2014
Interesting that this is also in Jan 14's magazine. Come on BBC Good Food new recipes please
suzlovescake
11th Nov, 2013
Very tasty! I used diced pork leg instead of pork belly, and reduced the vinegar to 1 tbsp. Turned out very nicely and have leftovers to freeze for another day. Highly recommend and will definitely make this again.
tanyac032002
11th Nov, 2013
Delicious! Cooked this as part of a big family meal and it was devoured. I used pork shoulder and served it with sprouting broccoli and creamy cheese and potato bake - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/72608/creamy-cheese-and-potato-bake
casafood74
3rd Oct, 2013
Gorgeous! Used a mix of sherry and red wine vinegar and made sure to bubble it so the alcohol was cooked off (as people had mentioned it being vinegary) and it was really lovely. We had it with mash and greens but I'd like to be more adventurous next time and try it with something else- any suggestions???
sparkest
21st Aug, 2013
5.05
Made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing. I used pork fillet instead of belly pork as I thought it would be healthier, but otherwise pretty much stuck to the recipe. We will definitely have this again!
vintagepockets
24th Jul, 2013
This was delicious! I replaced the belly pork with extra lean pork in order to make it a bit healthier but it was still gorgeous! Worth a try.
tinkypops
29th Apr, 2013
5.05
Excellent ......delicious ......I used cannellini beans instead of chickpeas. Will cook this again for sure

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