Asturian Bean and Sausage Casserole Recipe - Fabada Asturiana

Fabada Asturiana
Prep: 12 hrs
Cook: 3 hrs
Total: 15 hrs
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
482 Calories
32g Fat
32g Carbs
18g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 482
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 1118mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Protein 18g
Calcium 112mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

"Fabada Asturiana" or Asturian bean and sausage casserole is a typical and very traditional dish from Asturias, made with beans, sausage, ham, meat, and tomatoes. It is a perfect dish for winter, satisfying and warming.


  • 1 cup dry haricot (navy) beans
  • 1 slice raw ham
  • 4 oz salt pork or fat bacon, in one chunk
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 chorizo sausages
  • 1 small rump roast or several small pork ribs (optional)
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 tbsp Spanish sweet paprika
  • Salt to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour beans into a large pot or bowl and cover with cold water. Soak the beans, ham, and bacon overnight.

  3. The next day, drain water from beans. Place beans in a large pot of cold water with the garlic, onion and bay leaf. Place on stove and turn on high. When the water comes to a boil, add all the other ingredients.

  4. Cover the pot half-way and simmer for 2.5 to 3 hours, cooking until the beans are tender. After approximately 1.5 hours, add the saffron threads and paprika.​​

  5. Taste the fabada and add salt if necessary. Since sausage and bacon are salty, you may not need to add any salt.

  6. Cut the sausage, bacon, and roast into serving-size pieces. Serve in soup bowls with bread.

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