Warm up during the cold months with this hearty chick-pea and ham dish. This recipe was found in an old recipe box and was typed word-for-word.
Put chickpeas and water in a large pot; soak beans 8 hours to overnight. Or, bring the beans and water to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Once boiling, turn off the heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour.
Add ham hocks, oregano, and bay lead to the water and chickpeas; bring to a boil, place a lid on the pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer until the chickpeas are tender, about 2 hours. Remove and discard bay leaf.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute sausage chunks in hot skillet until some of the fat renders, 2 to 3 minutes; add onion, bell pepper, and garlic and saute until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add sausage mixture to the mixture in the pot along with Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover the pot, and cook until the sausage chunks are no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes.
Per Serving: 702 calories; protein 35.6g; carbohydrates 50.1g; fat 40.3g; cholesterol 96.1mg; sodium 807.4mg.