This Portuguese pork, bean & chorizo stew is the perfect wet weather comfort dish

Gutsy one-pot, no side dish needed - just crusty bread.
2H 30M

Sometimes a little forward planning and preparation can make all the difference, especially if you’re entertaining and have very little time on the night.

Make this one-pot ahead of time and in less than the blink of an eye, and you’ll have a sensational meal on the table without any fuss!

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Soak the beans overnight in plenty of cold water. When ready to cook, remove the pork and bacon rind and cut the meat into 2.5-4cm chunks. Cut the ham hock into chunks also. Working in batches, heat a little oil in a frying pan and brown the pork, ham hock and bacon or pancetta on all sides. Transfer to a large casserole. 


If cooking the stew in the oven, preheat to 160C/140C/gas 3. Pour off excess fat from the frying pan but leave enough to fry the garlic, onions, carrots and peppers with the sprig of thyme and bay leaf. Cook on a low heat, stirring now and then, for 5-6 mins.


Transfer the vegetables to the casserole and add the chopped tomatoes, chorizo, paprika and some pepper. Add just enough water almost to cover the meat. Bring to the boil, put the lid on (add a big bunch of parsley stalks if you have them) and transfer to the oven for 2-2 ½hrs; alternatively, reduce the heat to low and simmer gently on top of the stove.


Meanwhile, drain the beans, place in a saucepan and cover with fresh cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer until cooked – about 40 mins-1½ hrs depending on the type of beans. Add the cooked, drained beans to the stew 15-20 mins before the end of cooking. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed – it’s unlikely to need salt. This recipe can be prepared in advance up to this point. 


Serve in deep, wide soup bowls, sprinkled with lots of coarsely chopped coriander or parsley. You’ll need crusty bread to mop up the juices.

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