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La Jota Triestina (Bean And Sauerkraut Soup)

Cuisine: Italian
Courses: Soup
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

2 cups 320g / 11ozDried cranberry beans - soaked overnight
4   Water
2   Potatoes - peeled and cubed (medium)
1/4 cup 59mlOlive oil
1/4 lb 113g / 4ozBacon - diced
1 lb 454g / 16ozSauerkraut - drained and rinsed
  For the pestata
2 tablespoons 30mlOlive oil
1/2 tablespoon 7.5mlOnion - minced (small)
6   Fresh sage leaves - minced
2 tablespoons 30mlChopped fresh parsley
2   Garlic - minced
1/4 lb 113g / 4ozSalt pork - finely chopped

Recipe Instructions

1. Soak the beans overnight in a generous amount of water; drain and rinse the beans in cold water before adding them to a pot with the potatoes and water. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook for one hour, or until the beans are soft; stir occasionally. The potatoes will be overcooked, and that's OK.

2. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan, then add the bacon and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat, until lightly golden. Add the sauerkraut and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups of the water used to cook the beans and stew the sauerkraut over low heat, covered for about 30 minutes; sitr often.

3. PESTATA: Heat the 2 Tablespoons olive oil and add the remaining ingredients, and cook, stirring a few times, until the mixture is lightly golden, 3-4 minutes.

4. Add the sauerkraut and the pestata to the beans and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper. More water can be added if the soup is too thick.

Trattoria Cooking by Biba Caggiano ISBN 0-02-520252-9


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