Tuesday, 4 January 2011

One-pot Pancetta and Chorizo Stew

One-pots are fantastic in the winter when its dark and you've been at work all day - chuck all the ingredients in one pan and leave it to cook.  I came up with this recipe one night when i got home from work and couldn't be bothered to go shopping so it was made up with whatever was in the fridge and the cupboard at the time.  Its a cross between a soup and a stew - you eat it out of a bowl with a spoon (nothing better if you ask me) and the pasta makes it nice and filling. 

This recipe makes 3 bowls of stew but you can always add a bit more stock/meat to make it go a bit further. To make this delicious warming one-pot you will need the following:

  • 1/2 pack of chorizo, cut into small pieces
  • 1 pack of pancetta cubes
  • 1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • Tomato Ketchup
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1tsp sundried tomato paste
  • 1 onion chopped
  • Mini farfalle pasta
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
And here's how to make it:
  1. In a large pan, gently fry the pancetta, chorizo, onion and garlic until the onions are softened and the chorizo has released its oils.  Top tip: when cooking your onions, add some salt to stop them from burning and going brown. 
2. Once cooked add the tomatoes, sundried tomato paste, a squirt of ketchup, a splash of Worcestershire sauce, turmeric, chili and a bit of salt and pepper for seasoning.  Give it all a stir and simmer on a low heat for a further 5 minutes to let the flavour develop.

3. Dissolve the beef stock in 500ml of boiling water and add to the pan.  At this stage add your pasta to the mixture (apologies for the rubbish picture my iPhone does not like hot pans with steam!)

4. Leave the mixture to cook on a low heat for about 15-20 minutes until it thickens and your pasta is cooked - it may take a little longer if you don't use quick cook pasta.  Whilst you're waiting have yourself a nice glass of wine (in nice new wine glasses). 
Its then ready to serve immediately or if you want to make it in advance and eat it later then it tastes just as good.  Mmm great winter food!


  1. Blimey, this sounds delicious! I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes. Glad the wine glasses are getting some use - not that there was really any danger they wouldn't, to be fair :-)

  2. It is! If you aren't cooking it in a non stick pan then make sure you keep an eye on it for a couple of mins after you put the pasta in otherwise it'll stick to the bottom. All pans should be non stick if you ask me! X


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