What surprised me was how many calories there is in chorizo. I chose Sarta Iberico, which was a little more expensive than other chorizo sausages. It's good to try something different. I was very surprised to find it was only 278 calories per 100g, compared to other chorizos as high as 450 calories per 100g. That's a BIG difference! Do check before buying as there is quite a wide range of chorizos out there. You may want a fattier sausage depending on what you are cooking.
The Sarta chorizo was obviously lower in fat content, but I was going to use it in a soup. The flavour was delicate and infused the dish with a nice hint of spice. I suspect the leftovers will taste even better tomorrow as the flavours continue to develop. We might have to fight over who eats the last portion!
All in all for a dish that took around 15 minutes prep and 20 minutes cooking, it was a pretty impressive plateful and very filling. The ingredients I used created three good sized bowls of soup at around 250 calories per portion.
With very few ingredients you'll probably find you have most. Here's how we made ours:
CHORIZO, POTATO & CABBAGE SOUP
Makes 3 good portions
100g chorizo, cubed
400g Maris Piper or similar (slightly waxy potato) cut into small chunks
Spring greens or your favourite cabbage
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
1.5 ltrs vegetable stock
Optional - chilli flakes
Heat a frying pan and add the cubed chorizo.
Gently fry until the oil begins to release. Add the chopped onion to the pan and fry for 5 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and stir for 2 minutes.
Add the chunks of potato and let them soak up the flavours in the pan for 5 minutes.
Transfer everything to a large saucepan.
Cover with the boiling stock, add salt and pepper.
Add bay leaves.
If you want extra heat add a sprinkle (or two) of chilli flakes.
Simmer for around 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft. Remove about a quarter of the potatoes and mash roughly with a fork then return them to the pan.
Cook the spring greens for 5 minutes (or until they are softened) in a separate pan, chop and add to the soup.
Mix the smoked paprika with the olive oil and swirl into the soup when its ready.
Serve with a chunk of crusty bread.
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