This is truly a Romanian recipe. More romanian than this you can’t find i think.  One i always eat with pleasure but at the same time one that I never manage to cook as well as my mum or grandmother. I guess is the amount of pork that always confuses me.

Today however I am sharing with you my mum recipe. And believe it’s and worth making.


  • smoked pork ham – if you can buy it still on the bone it’s great;
  • 500 g white beans, washed well to get rid of all impurities;
  • 1 carrot;
  • 1 parsley root;
  • 1 bay leaf;
  • 2 onions finely chopped;
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste;
  • 50 ml of vegetable oil;
  • salt to taste;
  • thyme – optional;
  • Put the white beans to soak in water for 10 to 15 hours. Overnight is good.
  • Drain and wash the beans with some more water.
  • Put the beans in a large pan and cover with water.
  • Give it a boil.
  • Drain and throw the water. By doing so you ensure that the beans are a lot easier to digest.
  • Wash them again with warm water.
  • Put the beans back in the pan and add the ham in too.
  • Cover it with 3-4 litters of boiling water(from the kettle is good).
  • Add the carrots, parsley and bay leaf.
  • Simmer the beans over low heat until it is cooked well. It can take up to 2 hours in a normal pan,
  • Add the tomato paste, salt and thyme to taste.
  • Leave it to boil.
  • While it is boiling fry the finely chopped onion in oil.Make sure that it doesn’t burn. It needs to become softer but not golden.
  •  Put it over the beans and simmer for 1 more minute.
  • Turn off the hob and leave it to sit for 10 more minutes or so with the lid on.
  • Ready to serve with freshly cut onion or/and with pickled peppers and cucumber. You might also need some fresh baked bread.
Pofta Buna!


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