Asturian Pork & Butterbean Stew Recipe | Abel & Cole
Asturian Pork & Butterbean Stew
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Asturias in northern Spain is famous for its pork and bean stews. This quick and easy version is flavoured with cumin, cayenne and fennel seeds.
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423 kcal
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Ingredients you'll need
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 pork escalopes
  • A pinch of cayenne
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 400g tin of butter beans
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 100g cavolo nero
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  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 400ml warm water
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Peel and finely chop the onion. Peel and crush or grate the garlic. Slice the pork escalopes into strips around 1cm wide.

  • 2.

    Warm a large pan over a medium heat for 1 min. Add 1 tsp oil and the pork strips. Fry for 3-5 mins, stirring once or twice, till the meat is browned all over. Lift out of the pan and set aside on a plate.

  • 3.

    Add the onion to the pan with 2 tbsp cold water and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook and stir the onion for 5 mins to just soften it. Stir in the garlic.

  • 4.

    Add a pinch of cayenne (it’s spicy, so use as much or as little as you like) and 2 tsp each fennel seeds and ground cumin to the pan. Give it a good stir. Tip the pork strips and any juices from the plate into the pan.

  • 5.

    Drain the butter beans and add them. Tip in the chopped tomatoes. Fill the can with warm water (approximately 400ml) and add to the pan. Cover, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat a little and simmer for 15 mins till the pork is tender.

  • 6.

    While the stew simmers, trim the dry ends off the cavolo nero. Finely shred it.

  • 7.

    Stir the cavolo nero into the stew. Leave the lid off and simmer for 3-5 mins till it’s just cooked and a little soft.

  • 8.

    Taste the stew and add a pinch more salt and pepper if you think it needs it. Ladle into warm bowls and serve straight away.

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