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

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
2 hrs 30 mins
additional:
8 hrs 20 mins
total:
11 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cover beans with ample hot water and allow to stand overnight.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

603 calories; protein 26.5g; carbohydrates 36.8g; fat 38.7g; cholesterol 91mg; sodium 1202.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2009
Amazing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/08/2013
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 they begin to mush and stick on the bottom of the pan (it's a nice consistency when it's finished but you have to stir every 10-15 minutes for the last 2-3 hours). Second this is LOADED with fat. And third it is quite costly. The taste was pretty good and it is an interesting dish but not worth the time. Read More
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9 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2009
Amazing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2009
Amazing doesn't begin to describe how good this is! And you can substitute other sausages - play around with your favorites! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2010
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2011
omg yummy Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/24/2015
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 you save a lot of time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2012
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! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/08/2013
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 they begin to mush and stick on the bottom of the pan (it's a nice consistency when it's finished but you have to stir every 10-15 minutes for the last 2-3 hours). Second this is LOADED with fat. And third it is quite costly. The taste was pretty good and it is an interesting dish but not worth the time. Read More
(1)
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