Miriam SpiceTraveller

Original Fabada is a very rich and heavy dish popular during winter months. Traditional recipe calls for various types of meat: pork shoulder, chorizo, black pudding and bacon and type of large white beans called fabes de la granja.I didn’t have black pudding so i prepared with pork belly and chorizo and instead of white beans i used red. The original recipe does not have potato, but i wanted a hearty soup as a main meal so i added some potatoes too. Not the authentic Fabada but we totally enjoyed this yummy winter soup!

Ingredients:

  • 400g pork belly ( or pork shoulder)
  • 10 slices chorizo
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 potato ( or if you prefer beans you can use 1 small cup of cooked beans)
  • 450ml chopped tomato
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 onion
  • olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tsp. hot smoked paprika
  • 1 Tsp. black pepper
  • pinch of saffron

Preparation:

If you prepare  it with beans instead of potato then use a can of your favourite beans and use the liquid too, don’t drain the beans.

  1.  If you prepare  it with beans instead of potato then use a can of your favourite beans and use the liquid too, don’t drain the beans.
  2.  Cut the meat and veg in small pieces.
  3.  In a large pot heat some oil and fry onions on medium heat for about 2 minutes, then add meat and fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  4.  Now add about 500ml water, beans or potato ( use 400ml of water if adding canned beans), carrots and cook for about 45 minutes.
  5.  In the last 10 minutes add chopped tomato, tomato puree, parsley, salt, sugar, black pepper, paprika and saffron.
  6.  When done leave it to sit for about 30 minutes then serve with frsh bread or you can sprinkle some Manchego cheese.