1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika (pimenton dulce) - or hot paprika if you like it spicy
2 bay leaves
2 x 400ml tins butter beans, drained and rinsed
2 x 400ml tins plum tomatoes
Sea salt and black pepper
2 large handfuls spinach, roughly chopped
Fresh crusty Bread
In a large saucepan, heat the oil over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry, stirring continuously, for 3-5 minutes until translucent but not browned. Add the garlic, paprika and bay leaves and fry for a further minute. Add the beans and tomatoes (plus chorizo, if using). Stir and break up the tomatoes a bit, then season with salt and pepper. Stir well and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, checking regularly so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. As it finishes, stir the spinach through to wilt.
Serve hot or cold, as tapas or a side dish, sprinkled with the fresh parsley.