The butternut squash is ready and that can only mean one thing; winter is coming and it is casserole time!
I do like a big fat stew or a hearty casserole. Whatever you want to call them they are homely, warming and have the most amazing rich flavours. Nothing that a big glass of wine couldn't enhance mind you!
This stew is one of those "stick-it-in-the-oven" dishes that are easy to prepare ahead while you do other things (like sit down and relax).
It's pretty easy and self-explanitory but the kick comes with the addition of Chorizo which gives it heat and a deep richness especially when combined with the tomatoes.
You can cook this on top of the stove but I find that oven braising results in subtle flavours that can only come through sloooow cooking rather than a rolling simmer.
I added in some spinach as, being lazy and short of time, I like to throw everything in at once so I don't have to prepare a side of veg. Which I ended up doing anyway!
Also, I ate this with couscous and it was great but noodles, rice or roast potatoes would fit the bill depending on what you have or feel like.