Bean, ham and cabbage soup – Romanian style


This soup is one of those you make over and over and can’t have enough no matter how much or how many times you eat. This version is from the original recipe of a great chef from San Francisco area, Chef Gianni but I use the ingredients below with a bit more vegetables and make the soup an actual borsch.

  • 1/2 small cabbage
  • 6 baby carrots
  • Delikat – Borsch Magic, 5-15 g
  • 2-3 jalapeño peppers
  • Brown Shimeji Mushroom, 150 grams
  • 1 medium onions
  • 2 large celery stalks
  • 1/2 celery root 150 g
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large parsnip
  • 1 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 x 375 g canned cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 4 Shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 can x 15 oz white kidney beans
  • 4-500 g smoked ham
  • 2 x 900 ml chicken brought or water
  • lovage, parsley and some dill
Cabbage soup-1

Cabbage soup-1

Cabbage soup-2

Cabbage soup-2

Cabbage soup-3

Cabbage soup-3

Cabbage soup-4

Cabbage soup-4

White beans with smoked ribs


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

Ingredients:

  • 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