Smoked Chorizo and White Bean Soup

With the spring temperatures taking a mini-vacation and steady rain showers passing through the metro, (that’s what they call it on the local news) I found myself digging out my warmest yoga pants, my newest novel and a cozy spot on the couch with my sweet pup.

Well, she was only sweet after I freaked on her for barking at EVERY SINGLE THING THAT EVER OCCURS IN LIFE.

Really, I’m fine. Thank goodness for soup.

And weekends.

And wine.

Smoked Chorizo and White Bean Soup:

What it took for 4 servings:

* 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced

* 3 garlic cloves, minced

* 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil

* 1 (14.5 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

* 2 (14.5 oz) cans fire-roasted tomatoes

* 1(10 oz) tube spanish chorizo

* 2 cups chicken broth

* pinch of saffron

* 1 Tbs. smoked paprika

* 2 cups baby spinach

* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

* cilantro for garnish

In a large sauce pan, heat a smidge of oil over medium-high. Add the chorizo and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, about 6 minutes.

Add the onion and saute until softened, 4 minutes. Add the garlic and bloom for 30 seconds. Add a dash of vermouth, paprika and season with salt and pepper. Toss around to incorporate the flavor. Add the tomatoes, the beans and the broth. Throw in that pinch of saffron. Hmmm mmm. Let simmer about 15 minutes. Toss in the spinach and simmer 6 more minutes. Taste and see what you’re missing. Season accordingly.

Serve with fresh cilantro and some crushed tortilla chips. Oh dear goodness, I know.

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3 Responses to Smoked Chorizo and White Bean Soup

  1. Sunflower September 1, 2013 at 11:07 am #
    Hi. Just a quick clarification. When I went to my local butcher's shop yesterday and told them the chorizo I wanted, the butcher told me the Spanish chorizo didn't come in a tube. He said the Spanish style chorizo is a firm sausage and usually cut into chunks. He said I wanted the Mexican style chorizo because it is soft and will break down and coat the other ingredients in the soup. Can you clarify this for me, please? Is there a brand of chorizo I should look for? I don't want to ruin the soup and it looks fabulous so am looking forward to trying it out. Thank you!
  2. January 19, 2020 at 3:01 pm #
    Nice! thank you so much! Thank you for sharing.
  3. Henry Stickman January 19, 2020 at 3:12 pm #
    I am very much pleased with the contents you have mentioned.

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