If there was one meal that I grew up on it was beans on toast. Not to say my mother was lazy at all, but it was an easy meal to whip up out of nothing. I love a tin of beans but after deciding to have a go at making some from scratch I can safely say that I will probably never go back. They were fabulous. Well deserving of their “top tea” status. For any vegetarians who want a slice of the action, just simply leave out the chorizo.
1 cup northern beans (dried)
700g tomato pasatta
1 onion (diced)
1/2 chorizo sausage (diced)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Soak the beans in cold water for at least 8 hours.
Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the beans and simmer vigourously for 25-35 minutes. They should be tender. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a separate large pan over a moderate heat. Fry the onions with a the salt for 3-4 minutes until transparent. Add the chorizo and fry for a further 3-4 minutes. Add the paprika, thyme, sage and pepper and stir a couple of times. Add the tomato pasatta and 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring this to the boil and simmer gently for 15 minutes until thickened slightly. Stir in the sugar then add the cooked beans and simmer for a further 10-15 minutes until thickened.
Toast two thick slices of freshly cut bread and spoon over some beans. Delicious!