There is nothing more comforting when winter comes around than a heaping bowl of fabada Asturiana, a delicious white bean and chorizo stew typical of northern Spain (Asturias). A typical Spanish fabada recipe includes huge white beans, called fabes, and what I like to call “the holy trinity”– morcilla (blood sausage), chorizo (paprika spiced sausage), and tocino (pork belly). These ingredients are often sold together in one vacuum sealed package, making preparation even easier.
For years I was scared of making fabada. I thought that this Spanish stew must take hours to prepare. But then I found my go-to quick Spanish fabada recipe, and now I make this for a quick and hearty winter meal whenever the craving strikes!
The key to making a quick fabada is having pre-cooked fabes. If you can’t find these large white beans where you live, you can substitute high-quality cannellini beans, which are smaller but still delicious. And of course, if you do have time, soak dried beans for an even better fabada Asturiana (I never remember to do this, thus my dilemma in the first place!).
Here is my favorite quick Spanish fabada recipe, resulting in a hearty and delicious fabada Asturiana in a fraction of the time!
- Approx. 400g (15oz) of large white beans (when drained and rinsed)
- 1 small link of sweet semi-cured Spanish chorizo (note: this is not completely raw chorizo. If that's all you can get, you'll have to
searit before using. Also, it's not literally sweet, but rather made with sweet versus spicy paprika).
- 1 small link of spicy semi-cured Spanish chorizo
- 1 small link of Spanish semi-cured blood sausage (morcilla)
- 100g (1/4 lb) of cured pork belly (pancetta or
- 1 large carrot
- 1 small potato
- 1 small onion
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 clove of garlic, smashed (but not minced)
- 600ml (2.5 cups) of water (or ham stock if you have it!)
- Salt to taste
- Peel and dice the onion, potato, and carrot.
- If using completely fresh meats (ideally you can find the semi-cured ones we use here in Spain), you'll have to
searthem on all sides.
- If using the semi-cured meats, poke the sausages with a fork so that the casing doesn't burst once cooking.
- Put the meats and vegetables into a large pot, along with the smashed garlic clove and bay leaf.
- Cover the ingredients with water (or stock) and bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat to a rapid simmer, and cook for about 15 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
- Drain and rinse the beans in a strainer and reserve (don't add yet).
- Take out the meats and put on a plate. Discard the garlic clove and bay leaf.
- Blend the vegetables and broth to create a thick soup. Season with salt if necessary.
- Cut up the meats into bite-sized chunks and add them back to the broth.
- Add the beans and cook everything together over a slow heat for about five minutes.
- Enjoy immediately, or serve later for even more flavor!
Easy, quick and delicious! This Spanish fabada recipe is a version of the famous fabada Asturiana that I love making at home. Let me know how it turns out!