Hot sausage & bean stew with bulgar wheat

It was a beautiful sunny spring day today so I took my daughter to the park and admired the blooms. When we got home I cooked this quick sausage and bean stew for tea. It seems like ages since I posted a recipe on here but let’s say I’ve just been waiting for one that was worth sharing. This is a bit of a twist on an old staple mid-week dinner. I bought chorizo-style sausages at Waitrose and cooked them in a spicy sauce of fresh orange juice, cumin, oregano, and smoked paprika. Served with bulgar wheat and plenty of fresh herbs, this dish is as sunny as today.

Note to self: omit the chilli if serving to your one-year-old unless you also wish her to consume half a pound of Greek yoghurt for dinner.

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Hot sausage and bean stew with bulgar wheat

Serves 2-3

6 spicy sausages
1 onion
1 chilli
1 fat clove garlic
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp nigella seeds (optional)
Juice of one large or two small oranges
Heaped tbsp tomato purée
2 tins beans – I used red kidney and borlotti beans
1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano (substitute thyme)
Salt and pepper
200ml water

Fry off the sausages in a little olive oil until browned then add the onion and soften.

Add the chilli, garlic and whole spices and fry for a minute or two more.

Add the fresh orange juice, tomato purée, paprika and oregano and stir well. Add the beans and the water and bring the stew up to simmering point.

Leave to cook on a low heat for about an hour.

Serve with herby bulgar wheat or cous cous and top with Greek yoghurt.

Herby bulgar wheat

200g bulgar wheat
20g butter
600ml chicken stock
Generous handful each of fresh mint and parsley, finely chopped

Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan and stir in the wheat to coat the individual grains.

Pour in the stock and bring to a boil. Stir well.

Leave to simmer for 15 minutes until the stock is absorbed. Avoid stirring if you can help it!

When the time is up, stir in the freshly chopped herbs and serve.

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About Chloe King

I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.

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