Asturian Bean and Sausage Stew (Fabada Asturiana)

Asturian Fabada

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 2 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
745 Calories
36g Fat
51g Carbs
55g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 745
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 47%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 138mg 46%
Sodium 697mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 15g 54%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 55g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 8mg 42%
Potassium 1995mg 42%
*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 is a typical and very traditional dish from Asturias in the north of Spain. People generally make it for a hearty lunch as it is actually considered too heavy for dinner. It is traditionally made with large white beans, chorizo sausageblood sausage (morcilla), ham, pork, and paprika. Despite the simple ingredient list, this dish can take quite some time to prepare because you have to soak the beans in advance and simmer everything together for a long time.

If you don't have the time or all the ingredients, try a simplified version of this delicious meal. This quick and easy Asturian bean stew recipe streamlines the process as it does not require overnight soaking, takes half the cooking time, and only uses a few ingredients.


Steps to Make It

  1. Pour beans into a large pot or bowl and cover with cold water.

  2. Turn the burner on high until the water comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute and then turn off the burner.

  3. Cover and let beans sit in the water for 1 hour.

  4. While the beans are sitting, chop the onion into approximately 1/4-inch pieces. Cut the pork into large chunks, about 2-inch squares.

  5. Cover the bottom of a large pot with olive oil and heat over medium. When hot, add the chopped onions, garlic, and pork. Sauté until the onions are transparent (but not browned). Remove from heat.

  6. Drain water from the beans. Place the beans in the large pot with the sautéed onions and pork. Add water to cover. Add the bay leaf, sliced chorizo, and Spanish paprika.

  7. Place back on the stove and turn on high. When the water comes to a boil, reduce to medium. Water should be at a low boil. Simmer until the meat is tender. This takes approximately 1 1/2 hours.

  8. Taste the stew and adjust salt if necessary. Serve in soup bowls with crusty bread.

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