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Breton Beans (Fasolka po Bretonsku) with Kielbasa and Tomatoes

Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Polish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 348kcal
Author: Edyta
Breton Beans (Fasolka po Bretonsku) with Kielbasa and Tomatoes is a super comforting dish for these cold winter days. Use black eyed peas to welcome New Year the traditional way.
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  • 1 cup Beans Dried
  • 1 Onion medium, sweet, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 1 cup Kielbasa Smoked Polish Sausage, cubed
  • 2 cups Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 3 teaspoon Marjoram
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 3 Allspice
  • 6 cups Water
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper optional
  • 1 tbsp butter ghee or cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon Parsley chopped


  • Add beans to a bowl and cover with lots of water and soak overnight.
  • Rinse the beans and add them to the pot with 6 cups of water. Bring to boil, cover and cook for about an hour to an hour and a half. The cooking time depends on beans. They should be soft but not overcooked;
  • In a frying pan heat up one tablespoon of butter or ghee or cooking oil and add cubed kielbasa (sausage) and cook until golden brown for about 5 minutes;
  • Once the sausage is cooked remove from the pan and set aside; 
  • Add onions to the same pan; if needed add extra fat; cook until golden and soft, for about 3-4 minutes; add garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Once the beans are cooked add sausage and onions/garlic mixture to the pot with the beans;
  • Add bay leaf, allspice, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, marjoram, half a teaspoon of salt and freshly ground pepper and cook for about 15 minutes;
  • Check for seasoning, add more salt and pepper if needed; optionally add pinch of cayenne for some heat; sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve with crusty bread.


Do not add salt to the pot with beans until the beans are fully cooked. The salt would prevent the beans from becoming soft. 
The total prep time for this recipe does not include overnight soaking of the beans.
1 cup of dried beans will produce approximately 3,5 cups of soaked beans.
You can simplify the process and use canned beans (2 cans of any beans); rinsed. Fry sausage, onions and garlic, add tomatoes and spices and 2 cans of beans. Add water if needed and adjust seasoning. 


Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 856mg | Potassium: 796mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 4.9mg