White beans with smoked ribs

This is another great Romanian dish from my grand-grand parents collection – White beans with smoked ribs.


  • 500 gr of dry white beans
  • 1-2 big yellow onions
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 1-2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 rack of smoked ribs or any kind of pork smoked meat or some good smoked sausages
  • parsley, dill and thyme
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste

For easy cooking, after washing the beans, keep them in water for the night and the next day boil them in a pot. While boiling, chop the onion and brown it in a pan with some corn oil, add tomato paste, bay leaf and red pepper and the carrot cut in small cubs and cook everything for 5-10 minutes. When the beans are almost done, add the onion mixtures and boil until cooked through (2-3 hours or less depending of the beans you use). 10-15 min before is ready, add the ribs cut in small portions. After everything is ready, take the pot of the heat and add the thyme, parsley and chopped garlic.

White beans with smoked ribs

White beans with smoked ribs



Romanian vegetarian borsch with home made smoked ribs

As a Romanian, it’s about time to post another Romanian recipe – vegetable sour soup (borsch) with smoked ribs).


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 mushrooms cut in thick slices
  • 1 parsley root cut in cubs
  • 6 small carrots cut in cubs
  • 1 red bell pepper cut in cubs
  • 1/2 rack smoked ribs
  • 3 stalks of celery cut in thick slices
  • 3 green onions cut in slices
  • 1 onion cut small cubs
  • 1 big tomato cut in small cubs
  • 1 x 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 medium yams cut in big cubs
  • 4 medium potatoes cut in big cubs
  • 1.5 quarts of vegetable/chicken stock
  • 1L of water or more to get the desired consistency
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 hot peppers (I used jalapeño)
  • lemon juice to taste (I used the original borsch – you can buy it at any Romanian delicatessen)
  • few springs of lovage, parsley and dill cut thin
  • sour cream for serving


In a big pot, heat the oil and sweat the onion, green onions, celery, carrots, parsley root, mushrooms and bell pepper adding one ingredient at the time and stir for about 8-10 minutes. Add the brought and water in the pot together with the smoked ribs and boil until the meat is falling of the bone. In the end add the potatoes and 5 minutes after the yams and let them boil until tender. Turn off the heat and add the greens (parsley, dill and lovage).