A traditional Spanish bean and ham dish, from the Asturias region.
- 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
- 1 Cover beans with ample hot water and allow to stand overnight.
- 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 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 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.
- 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
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