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Serbian Bean Soup     

HT   SP 150mins

Serbian Name: Pasulj

Serves 4     Hot Pork Vegetables Pulses Herbs Spices Stew Main Course Dairy Free Eggless Serbia Europe

450g/1 lb Dried white beans e.g. Cannellini,)
2 Onions, chopped
3 Garlic Cloves, crushed
3 Bay leaves
2 tbsp Freshly Chopped Parsley
2 tbsp Tomato Purée
2 Carrots, peeled and sliced
450g/1 lb Kielbasa Sausage, thickly sliced
Salt and Black Pepper
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 teasp Paprika
2 tbsp Plain Flour


1. Put the beans in a large saucepan, cover with about 5cm/2-inches of cold water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes.

2. Remove the pan from the heat, drain well in a colander and rinse under running cold water. Return the beans to the pan and add enough cold water to cover the beans by 7.5cm/ 3 inches.

3. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, parsley, tomato purée, carrot, and pepper to the beans – don’t add any salt. Bring to simmering point then cook gently over low heat for 1 hour.

4. Add the kielbasa and a little salt, mix well and continue to cook gently for a further 45 minutes.

5. At the end of the cooking time, heat the oil in a small saucepan until very hot, sprinkle in the paprika and flour, mix well then add to the soup, stirring constantly then allow to simmer for a further 5 minutes to thicken. Serve hot.




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Blend - To mix together ingredients, usually of different consistencies, to a smooth and even texture, utilising a utensil such as a wooden spoon or blender.

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