Jota – Sauerkraut and Bean Stew Recipe

2 hours


  • 300g of borlotti beans, (dried)
  • 1.5l water
  • 10g of rock salt
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 100g of pancetta
  • 3 potatoes
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 450g of sauerkraut
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • black pepper


Soak the beans overnight in plenty of cold water
The next day, drain the beans and place them in a large saucepan with the water, salt, bay leaves and pancetta. Cover, bring to the boil and simmer for 1 ½ hours
Peel and cut the potatoes into large dice. Add them to the beans and continue to cook for another 15 minutes. Check that the beans and potatoes are tender
Meanwhile, heat the oil gently in a frying pan. Add the whole clove of garlic to the oil and then the sifted flour. Stir with a whisk for a couple of minutes until the flour begins to turn golden. Remove the garlic and then set aside
In a separate frying pan, cook the sauerkraut and cumin seeds gently for about ten minutes
Remove about a quarter of the beans and potatoes from the water and blitz in a blender until smooth. Add the mixture back into the saucepan and stir until combined with the water to thicken
Add the sauerkraut and the flour mixture to the saucepan and continue to cook gently for about ten minutes. Check seasoning and add salt if necessary
Remove the pancetta and chop it into small pieces, if needed
Serve in bowls topped with the pancetta and plenty of black pepper