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Fabada Asturiana (Pork and Bean Soup)

Cuisine: Cuban
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 1/2 hours
Servings: 6 people
A delicious and hearty stew!

This bean and pork stew is called 'fabada asturiana' because it is a signature dish in Spain's Asturias region. Fabada means that the stew uses white beans, called fabas. Cuba has its own adapted tropical version which replaces the Spanish original recipe with regular ham, instead of jamón serrano or Spanish cured ham.


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  1. Cover beans with 4 cups hot water and allow to stand in a large bowl overnight.
  2. The day after, bring a large casserole to medium heat and place the soaked beans, chorizo, blood sausage, bacon, ham onion and garlic. Cook for 10 minutes. Add 8 cups cold water, bring to a boil.
  3. After the first boil, lower heat and simmer for an hour and a half. Add salt, cayenne pepper and saffron.
  4. Remove from heat and let stand for one hour before enjoying.
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