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Polish Bean Stew (with Cabanossi Sausage)

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Polish bean stew with cabanossi sausage or Fasolka po Bretonsku, a hearty and delicious meal for cold winter days.

I love beans! And sausages. And potatoes. This cabanossi sausage stew reunites them all in one pot. Quick to make, hearty and thoroughly delicious Polish stew.

Easy White Bean and Cabanossi Sausage Stew – Polish Recipe

Strangely enough, I know quite a few people who don’t enjoy eating beans. I grew up eating lots of beans in Romania and I have quite a few recipes on the blog to prove it. 🙂

Have a look at these recipes that my grandmother used to cook all the time: the White Bean Soup, the Romanian White Bean Dip – Fasole batuta or Grandma’s Bean and Vegetable Stew.

This is a Polish recipe, something we had for dinner in the hotel where we were staying during our holiday in Poland last year. Like I have mentioned above, I totally have a thing for beans, so unlike my kids, who could not see the point of having a bean stew in a hotel, I was particularly happy about it.

The recipe is very similar to a Romanian white bean stew recipe and maybe that was a reason for me to enjoy it even more, it reminded me of my childhood.

So, when we were back home, it didn’t take long until I looked for a typical Polish bean stew recipe and cooked it myself. Actually, this was the first Polish recipe I have ever cooked, not a cake like this amazing Polish Bezowy Torte, but beans. Obvious to see where my priorities lie…

Easy White Bean and Cabanossi Sausage Stew – Polish Recipe

What do you need?

White beans:

  • Dried or canned. If you have the time to cook the beans yourself it’s great, I do it myself when I manage to remember to soak them in time.
  • But as I am not always that organized, I do make this bean stew (or other bean recipes) with canned beans as well, and they are always delicious.
  • Using canned beans saves the soaking and the long cooking time, meaning that you will have this dish ready to be served in less than an hour.

Cabanossi sausage:

  • Also called kabanos or kabana, they are quite popular in Europe.
  • They are Polish pork sausages, usually quite thin (but not always).
  • The thinner sort are usually slightly drier, while the thicker are softer.
  • I used the thicker ones to make the stew.

Smoked ham or bacon:

  • You can use either ham or bacon, the only thing that’s important for the flavor is that they are smoked.

Other ingredients: potatoes, carrots, onion, pureed tomatoes and tomato paste, spices.

Tips for making a good stew

  • If using dried beans, remember to soak them overnight.
  • Cook them properly. Most package instructions will tell you to cook the beans between 30 and 60 minutes. That rarely works, as the cooking time greatly depends on the size and especially the age of the beans.
  • Start soon enough with the cooking process and check the beans regularly. They should be buttery soft, but not become mushy.
  • If cooking the beans yourself, use the cooking water to make the stew. In this case, add 1 or 2 beef or chicken stock cubes to the dish, the beans` water is not as flavorful as meat stock.
  • Most stews are best when reheated. If possible, cook the dish the day before you want to serve it. Keep it refrigerated and reheat before serving.

More warming stews?

Easy Potato Stew with Sausages and Vegetables

Gypsy Stew Recipe – Sah Hai Mas

Moldavian Pork Stew with Cheese, Eggs and Polenta – Tochitura

Stewed Sauerkraut with Meat Dumplings

Easy White Bean and Cabanossi Sausage Stew – Polish Recipe
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Polish Bean Stew (with Cabanossi Sausage)

Polish bean stew with cabanossi sausage or Fasolka po Bretonsku, a hearty and delicious meal for cold winter days.
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Course: Stews
Cuisine: Polish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 505kcal
Author: Adina


  • 450 g/ 16 oz canned beans Note if using dried beans
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 125 g/ 4.4 oz smoked ham or smoked bacon
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz cabanossi sausage
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz pureed tomatoes
  • 250 ml/ 8.5 fl.oz/ 1 cup beef or chicken stock
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika powder optional
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • fine salt and pepper


  • Chop the onion finely. Chop the carrots into cubes or slices. Cut the ham or bacon into cubes as well. Slice the sausages.
  • Heat the sunflower oil in a heavy-bottomed pan. Cook the finely chopped onion until translucent. Add the carrots, ham or bacon and continue cooking for about 5 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  • Add tomato paste, stir well to coat the vegetables and sausages, then add the pureed tomatoes and the stock (or beans’ cooking liquid + a stock cube), bay leaves, marjoram, both paprikas, allspice, sugar, and some salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer the stew, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the cooked beans and simmer gently for another 10 minutes.
  • Adjust the taste with salt and pepper and serve the stew with bread and pickled vegetables.


If cooking your own beans you will need one extra onion, another 2 bay leaves, some black peppercorns, and 3-4 allspice berries. If using already cooked beans, this dish will be ready in no time.
To cook the beans, place 200 g/ 7 oz dried beans into a large bowl. Cover with cold water and soak overnight. Drain, place into a pot, cover with plenty of water, add 1 halved onion, 2 bay leaves, some black peppercorns, and some allspice berries and cook the beans until soft, at least 1 hour or more, depending on the size and age of the beans. You can replace the broth or stock used to make the stew with some of the beans’ cooking liquid and in this case, add a stock cube as well.


Serving: 1/4 of the dish | Calories: 505kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1455mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g
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Saturday 3rd of March 2018

I am German, and until I started cooking beans (from cans) when I reached my teens and started on my culinary journey around the world buying all kinds of international cookbooks, I can't remember ever eating beans other than the green ones. I now own 3 regional German cookbooks, all about the South of Germany (south of Hesse), and not a single one contains a bean recipe. So I guess beans are just not part of our culinary tradition. I'll gladly give this one a go as the ingredients are easy to get and it looks and sounds mouthwatering, though it is up against hugeeee competition: despite my now decades-long history of cooking beans, I have never eaten a more satisfying bean dish than your Romanian white bean and vegetable soup. I can't currently imagine that this will change, but I'll more than happily add this one to my repertory of frequently cooked dishes. :-)


Saturday 3rd of March 2018

Wow, Karin, so nice to hear that you like my bean soup so much, we love it too. And I think you will like this Polish dish too, it is really hearty and satisfying. And it is true, the Germans are not much into beans or pulses generally, my mother-in-law never cooks anything with pulses, the only beans I have ever had in her house are green beans with Schmand. Just the other day, I met a neighbor in the supermarket complaining she has to find black beans and yellow lentils, which are not easy to find around here. She needed that for a Landfrauen-Meeting where they talked about the health benefits of eating pulses. Her conclusion was that "Who on Earth eats pulses anyway, I would rather stick to what I know!" Only Kopfschütteln!!!


Thursday 25th of January 2018

Look at that thick sauce with all those delicious ingredients. This is one of those soups you can just look at and know that it has a HUGE depth of flavors. Love it! Also, thanks for introducing me to cabanossi sausage. I've never had it before, so I'll be keeping an eye out for it.


Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

You will never believe it, but I started to soak these beans this morning in order to cook fasolka po bretonsku tonight!!! It's one of my favourite Polish dishes! Maybe also because these big beans are also my favourite among all the beans.


Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

Great, I love it too. Is your recipe similar to mine? I wanted to make this delicious Polish twarog spread today, I had it every day for breakfast in Poland, but could not find the darn cheese. :) I have to look somewhere else.

Karen (Back Road Journal)

Sunday 21st of January 2018

My husband and I eat a lot of bean dishes and this does sound like a very good meal.


Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

It is delicious, Karen, so hearty and comforting.


Sunday 21st of January 2018

Looks delicious! I love beans of all kinds so this is right up my alley. I also love a rustic hearty dish like this that gets better with age. I wish I had a nice big pot of it!


Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

Thank you, Monica. I am craving it again. :)