During my student days one of my all time favourite meals was beans and sausages on toast, although I must admit it they were the Heinz tinned baked beams and sausages, God I loved those sausages, absolutely no goodness to them, but I just loved them all the same. To be honest, healthiness never even crossed my mind. But now time has moved on and fortunately I have discovered wonderful dishes in my time here in Spain. But you have no idea how pleased I was when I discovered a natural and flavoursome Spanish version of my all time student favourite! So I thought I would share it with you today, as it is this time of year that something warm and hearty should be on the dinner table for all to enjoy. It really is quite a simple recipe so you must give it a go!
Spanish white beans and sausages: Ingredients for 4 people:
400 gr. white beans
8 fresh sausages
200 gr. pumpkin
1 spring onion (Spanish style, or a small onion)
2 cloves of garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
The first thing you need to do is peel the garlic, leek and chives and let them simmer in a pressure cooker (without the lid on) with a little extra virgin olive oil. Chop up the pumpkin and add it in too. Season with salt and cook it all together for about 7- 8 minutes. Remove the vegetables and place them in a blender, pour in a little water and blend it to a puree.
Pour the puree back into the pressure cooker, add the beans (which should have been in water over night if they were dried white beans), cover with water and add a pinch of salt.
Close the pressure cooker and cook for 10-12 minutes. If you don’t have a pressure cooker you can still cook them but they will take a little longer (45 minutes) to cook, but keep an eye on the water so they don’t dry out too much.
Another option is if you are in a rush is to buy the beans that are already cooked in a glass jar. If you do this, you only need to add a very little water and cook them on a slow heat for about 8-10 minutes.
Now for the sausages… Brown the sausages on a griddle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Cut them in half and add them to the pot. Stir in on low heat for a couple of minutes and sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley over the top and mix in well.
Now serve with a nice piece of crusty bread and a glass of red wine!