White Bean Stew (Gjellë me Grosh)

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 15m
Ready In

Recipe: #34394

February 25, 2020

"White bean stew is a delicious meal, easy to make and very healthy and nutritious. In Albania white beans stew is usually served with fermented food such as pickled tomato or cucumber and also rice and bread."

Original is 18 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (178.6 g)
  • Calories 158.9
  • Total Fat - 11.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 28.7 mg
  • Sodium - 614.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 2.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.9 g
  • Sugars - 1.3 g
  • Protein - 10.3 g
  • Calcium - 16.5 mg
  • Iron - 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 6.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Place the white beans in a pot and and cover with 6 cups of cold water. Bring it to a gentle boil for 15 minutes then drain the water. (Or.....you can keep them in the cold water overnight, and can skip the parboiling).

Step 2

In a large heavy bottom pot, pour 6 cups of hot water; bring to a boil. Stir in white beans and beef chuck short ribs. Bring it to a boil again, cover and simmer on medium-high heat. (White beans need to be cooked for about 1 hour or until they are soft).

Step 3

While you are simmering white beans, skim off any foam that rises on the top of the stock from the meat.

Step 4

Stir often and add hot water as needed when it evaporates.

Step 5

In the meantime in another skilled, saute chopped onion with olive oil over medium heat. Cook and stir until softened about 3-5 minutes.

Step 6

Add paprika and crushed red pepper and cook for 30 seconds.

Step 7

Pour in the chopped tomatoes and bring to boil, then simmer uncovered on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until the mixture is rendered down to a thick sauce.

Step 8

Transfer the tomato sauce to the heavy bottom pot and season with salt and black pepper. Continue to simmer for 30-40 minutes over medium heat or until beans are tender and the beef is falling of the bone.

Step 9

It is very important to simmer white bean stew, to prevent split skins. The beans should be tender and the broth thick but not mushy. Bean stews require 1.5 to 2 hours to cook, and depends on the type of the bean variety such as red, black white, old, new etc.

Step 10

Taste and adjust the salt.

Step 11

Garnish with parsley and serve.


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