Pork, Chorizo and Cannellini Bean Stew


This is a recipe that’s made it onto the meal planner and is adapted from allrecipes.co.uk.  It’s hearty, easy to make, extremely cheap and the kids love it. If we haven’t had any green veg that day I do some green beans with it, otherwise it’s just crusty bread to dunk or served with some rice.

The children love helping out in the kitchen, but this requires some quite difficult cutting so you may want to just get the older ones involved.


Pork, Chorizo and Cannellini Bean Stew

Ingredients (serves 5) 

  • 850g pork shoulder steaks/pork shoulder
  • 400g tin cannellini beans
  • 250g of cooking chorizo
  • 2  x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 large red onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 teaspoons paprika


  1. Slice the pork into strips and fry off in a casserole dish (which has a lid) until brown all over. Remove from the pan and drain off the fat
  2. Cut the chorizo into small chunks (or cheat and buy the ready cubed) and add to the pan, brown off for two minutes then add the chopped onions, four teaspoons of paprika and the chopped garlic. Fry for a further two minutes until the onion has softened
  3. Add the pork back to the pan along with ½ a pint of water and the tinned tomatoes. Season to taste
  4. Simmer for one hour on a low heat with the lid on. Then remove the lid, add the cannellini beans and simmer for a further 30 minutes

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I’ve just been sent some products from Dettol to try out so this was a perfect opportunity to road test one of them.

I particularly worry about hand washing after handling raw meat, especially chicken and pork. We’d been sent their hand wash. Sad I know, but I really loved this as it was a specific kitchen one and is a No-Touch Hand Wash System. This solves an issue I’ve always had when cooking: you touch something full of bacteria, you then use the soap and transfer all the gunk onto it, which you then pick up next time you use it. This is fab as it senses your hands and dispenses the soap. My fellow kitchen cleanliness obsessive compulsive – my dad – was also very taken with it.


Testing out the hand wash

Obviously the kids love it as it’s a gizmo and fun. It does what you’d expect from Dettol in that it kills 99.9% of bacteria and removes viruses. However, as an added bonus it’s odour neutralising and effective against pungent smells such as garlic and onion, which is very handy as about 90% of what I cook contains these two ingredients. The unexpected result – as I don’t associate germ killing with being gentle – was that my eldest said it didn’t make her eczema sore. This is usually a real problem and she won’t go near most soaps. This contains moisturising ingredients. A real winner.


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I’m Fran: wife, mother-of-three and freelance publicist. My love for communicating and writing mirrors my passion for trying to be the best mum I can be. I love good food & wine, Italian culture and football and have a keen interest in personal finance. I also blog over on Epsom & Ewell Families and Habyts, and write sporadically for a number of other sites.

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