Sunday, March 18, 2012

Fasolka po bretońsku / Breton beans

This dish is very simple to make and also cheap.
It's very popular in Polish homes, however the name "Breton beans" might be confusing to many people.
After some research, I couldn't find the right explanation of this name either.
To me it's "Fasolka po bretońsku" - period :))
It might remind you of a chili soup, however beans are the main ingredient, and there is sausage and a little bit of bacon in it.
You can soak beans in water overnight or make it more simple and use canned beans.
I prefer option number two :)
Also, my husband is no-beans-eater, so it's not a main meal in our house.
Good dish for a rainy day though.

2 cans (15 oz. each) red beans (white, red or both)
1/2 can (12 oz.) tomato paste
sausage (Polska kielbasa) :)
few slices of bacon (optional)
2-3 tsp paprika
marjoram (lots of it!) - I used probably 3-4 Tbsp
salt & pepper to taste

  1. In a medium saucepan combine beans and 2-3 cups of water.
  2. In a meantime, cut sausage and bacon into small pieces and fry them for a couple minutes.
  3. Add tomato paste, fried sausage, bacon and spices to boiling beans. Stir well and let cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Feel free to add more water and seasoning until you receive desired consistency.
  4. Add marjoram at the end of cooking.
  5. Serve with slice of bread.


  1. Made it yesterday by following your recipe. I added onions because I had them on hand. Very good.