Recipe By Mary Beth
Published Apr 4th
Prep 15m Cook 2h 30m Additional 8h 20m Ready In 11h 5m
Servings 8 servings Calories 602.8

A traditional Spanish bean and ham dish, from the Asturias region.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried Asturian fabada beans or dried lima beans
  • ¼ pound salt pork
  • 10 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon crushed saffron threads
  • 8 ounces serrano ham, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces Spanish chorizo sausage, casing removed, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 8 ounces morcilla sausage or blood sausage, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 bay leaf

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Cover beans with ample hot water and allow to stand overnight.
  2. 2 Fill a Dutch oven 1/2 full with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add salt pork, and allow to boil for 5 minutes, then remove. Pour out water.
  3. 3 Drain water from beans and place them into Dutch oven. Pour in 10 cups of water, then bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 15 minutes, skimming and discarding the foam that forms on top. Stir in saffron, salt pork, and diced ham; simmer for 5 minutes. Add the chorizo and morcilla sausages, and cook for 5 minutes more. Skim any foam that forms on top.
  4. 4 Reduce heat to low, add bay leaf, cover, and simmer until the beans are tender, 2 to 3 hours, adding water if needed to keep beans moist. Allow beans to stand for 20 minutes off of the heat before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 602.8
  • Carbohydrate 36.8 g
  • Cholesterol 91 mg
  • Fat 38.7 g
  • Fiber 10.8 g
  • Protein 26.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 14.5 g
  • Sodium 1202.1 mg
  • Sugar 5.2 g


  1. If you don't want to sit there and stir this thing every 5 minutes (the beans do get soft and stick to the bottom)... just buy 2lbs of canned white beans. They are already soft all you have to do is add them 30 minutes before the whole thing is done.... tastes the same and - Read more ...
  2. The pros and cons.... The plus is that this is ALL protein no carbs. The meat-loving half of our family really liked this one. It is also a good filling meal that won't leave you hungry after a few hours. The cons: first this takes a lot of attention because as the beans get softer - Read more ...
  3. Nice weekend recipe- my fiance loves pork and he also loves every time I season dishes with saffron so I thought I'd give this a try- he devoured it! I just wish that I hadn't halved recipe!;p Thanks so much for sharing Mary Beth!
  4. omg yummy
  5. I had never made this or even heard of this until I stumbled upon this recipe. Had a hard time "experimenting" with saffron since it is so costly. Took a leap of faith and was blessed. Thank you for this submission.
  6. Amazing doesn't begin to describe how good this is! And you can substitute other sausages - play around with your favorites!
  7. Amazing.

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