Elephant beans in tomato sauce and sausagesA very tasty dish that is quite easy to make and you can increase the amount of ingredients according to your liking and the number of people you have to feed. You can use any kind of sausage you like. A few slices of toasted bread will help mop up the sauce!





2 cups elephant beans
1 – 2 sausages sliced
1 onion chopped
1 – 2 cloves of garlic minced
1 sprig rosemary, leaves only, finely chopped
1 generous pinch thyme
1 stalk celeriac sliced
2 – 3 tomatoes chopped or canned tomatoes
½ teaspoon tomato paste
1 – 2 red peppers canned or fresh sliced
Salt, pepper
½ cup olive oil
Pinch of chili flakes
Chopped parsley



Put the beans in a bowl with lots of water and soak them overnight. Drain them the following day, and put them in a pot with fresh water. Cover the pot and simmer for about 1 ½ – 1 hours. Check now and then to see if they are done. Drain the beans.

In the meantime, prepare the sauce. Put the oil in a pan and when it is hot, sauté the onion for 5 minutes. Add the celeriac and continue for another five minutes. If you are using fresh peppers, you can add them now together with the garlic. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, salt and pepper and simmer for about 20 minutes. Slice the sausage and fry lightly. Put it aside.

When the sauce is just about ready add the drained beans together with the rosemary, thyme and sliced red peppers, if you use canned ones. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the sliced sausages and simmer for 2 more minutes. Serve on a platter and sprinkle chili flakes and the parsley over the beans.

This dish can be eaten hot or at room temperature. It can be served as an appetizer or as a main dish accompanied by a green salad.


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