Fabada Austurianas

"an authentic recipe of the spanish dish, fabada. i enjoy the dish for it's rich, meaty flavor which comes from the broth that contains saffron and juices from the meats. fabada beans are a special white bean that is grown ONLY in Austurias, Spain so it's very hard to obtain which makes it a little expensive."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
Ready In:
3hrs 15mins




  • *Soak beans overnight. Make sure they are fully covered in water.*.
  • Cut ham into 1" cubes.
  • Add ham, except 2 pieces of ham, and 6 chorizo into pot of water.
  • Bring to boil and then reduce heat.
  • Drain beans.
  • Pour olive oil and onions in pot with beans and stir over medium high heat.
  • Add 2 chorizos and 2 pieces of ham.
  • Add water just to cover the beans. Let it boil then reduce heat to medium low- low.
  • Stir in saffron.
  • Cover pot, but not tightly.
  • Cook for 2 - 2 1/2 hours or until beans are soft.
  • Check often to ensure water is still covering beans. When the water level is too low, add the water from the pot of meats.
  • Stir pot of beans with a wooden spoon occasionally.
  • Check taste and salt and butter as desired.
  • Drain pot of meats and then serve fabada with the meats.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. I've never had this dish before but I have to say that it's absolutely delicious. I can't wait to make it again. It's so flavorful and perfect for a chilly evening. It's worth the steps needed to make it the night before. Loved it!
  2. Mmm... ethnic comfort food! I didn't have access to traditional beans so I used "great northern" beans and it was still delicious. The combo of chorizo, ham, and beans was very satisfying, and anything saffron in it is good! I served this with a spinach, walnut and manchego salad. I did not need the extra butter because our chorizo had enough fat in it.



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