Polish bean stew „Fasolka po bretonsku“

Polish bean stew „Fasolka po bretonsku“

Sometimes, names of dishes make little sense. Fasolka po bretonsku, beans in Breton style, is one of them – but they taste so good that the recipe could actually be French.


  • 500 g meat sausage (pork)
  • 200 ml of chicken broth
  • 1 big onion
  • 800 g pork belly
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 250 g of white beans
  • 40 ml of vegetable oil
  • 5 tablespoons tomato paste


The naming of traditional dishes occasionally mystifies historians. The origins of Fasolka po bretonsku are a riddle. Breton-style beans are completely unknown in Brittany. But they are all the more popular in Poland. This hearty stew is just right when a cold wind whistles around the house.

The white beans for the stew originate from South America. They came to Europe around the year 1528 and spread throughout the continent. The British turn them into their famous baked beans, an integral part of any English breakfast. Fasolka po Bretonsku is the Polish version of the slightly prosaic Baked Beans. Sausages and pork belly turn beans in tomato sauce into a hearty delicacy.

Polish bean stew „Fasolka po bretonsku“ detailed photo recipe

80 minutes

1. Cook white beans for 3 hours until completely tender.

2. Finely chop onion and garlic.

3. Cut sausages into big pieces.

4. Fry garlic in a bit of oil.

5. Add onions and fry until everything has softened.

6. Place pork belly and sausages into the pot. Fry with the vegetable for 15 minutes.

7. Pour in broth. Season according to taste.

8. Add beans and tomato paste.

9. Simmer for 1 hour over low flame.

10. Allow to cool briefly.

11. Serve warm.

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