This recipe is featured in the CNN story “Feeling cooking burnout? Let yourself off the hook with these ‘good enough’ strategies.” Leanne Brown is the author of “Good Enough: A Cookbook.”
It has taken maturity to embrace the glorious simplicity of this kind of dinner. My inner critic is prone to telling me that it’s not creative enough or new enough or whatever overachieving mark you might expect from a perfectionist fantasy.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 shallots, tritato
- 1 bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus extra as needed
- 5 ounces fresh chorizo or other sausage, casing removed
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 cans (15 ½ ounces each) white beans or chickpeas
- Handfuls of hearty greens, such as spinach, cavolo, chard or collards
- Cooked farro, pasta, or rice or hearty bread, for serving
- Use any sausage, ground meat or meat alternative in place of the chorizo in Step 2. Try sweet Italian sausage, finished with Parmesan or Romano, for a different experience, or lamb sausage with harissa, coriander and fennel seed for a North African take on the dish.
- Add chile powder and/or chopped chiles along with the chorizo in Step 2.