Pasulj (Serbian Bean Soup) Recipe

Step 1

You will need a large saucepan. Pick over the beans for bits of grit and chaff, and rinse them twice in cold water. Put the beans in a large saucepan and cover them with water to a depth of 1 to 2 inches. Bring the water to a boil and then turn down the heat. Leave to simmer gently for half an hour.

Step 2

Remove the pan from the heat and pour in enough cold water to cover the beans to a depth of 3 inches. The beans will settle on the bottom. Leave them for a minute or two; then pour off the water and replace with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil and then turn down the heat to simmer.

Step 3

Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, parsley, tomato paste, carrot, and peppercorns to the beans. Cook gently over very low heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the beans are soft. After 45 minutes of the cooking, add the kielbasa.

Step 4

Fifteen minutes before you are ready to serve, add the salt and prepare a liaison for the soup. Heat the oil until it is smoking lightly; then quickly stir in the paprika, followed by the flour. Mix to a thin paste. Add this to the soup, stirring well. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the soup is thick and rich.

Step 5

Serve with plenty of bread and good red wine.

Serves 5 to 6. Time: 2 to 2 1/2 hours

From: THE OLD WORLD KITCHEN - THE RICH TRADITION OF EUROPEAN PEASANT COOKING by Elisabeth Luard, ISBN 0-553-05219-5

Posted by: Karin Brewer, Cooking Echo, 7/92

Things You'll Need

  • 1lb Dried white beans (navy or
  • -cannellini)
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 2tb Chopped parsley
  • 2tb Tomato paste
  • 1lg Carrot, scraped and sliced
  • 5 To 6 whole peppercorns
  • 1lb Kielbasa, thickly sliced
  • 1/2tb Salt
  • 2tb Olive oil
  • 1ts Paprika
  • 2tb Flour

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