This hearty soup is made with creamy red beans, sausage, and tender pork ribs. It is the perfect comfort food for a cold winter day and is sure to become a new family favorite. Grah i Varivah is a traditional Croatian dish with a rich history and cultural significance. The combination of red beans and smoked sausage is a hallmark of Croatian cuisine and can be traced back to the country's rural roots. Pork ribs, a common ingredient in the soup, were often used as a more affordable alternative to more expensive cuts of meat. This hearty and economical dish was a staple in Croatian households for generations and continues to be enjoyed today. So not only is this soup delicious, but it also represents a taste of Croatian history and tradition. Not only is it packed with flavor, but it is also easy to make and can be made in a slow cooker or on the stovetop. Follow our step-by-step instructions to learn how to make this traditional Croatian dish at home. Dobar tek!
Red Bean Stew (Grah i Variva)
Selo Olive Oil
- 1 pound red beans
- 1 pound smoked sausage
- 1 pound pork ribs
- 1 large onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp Croatian extra virgin olive oil
- Rinse the red beans and soak them in a large pot of water for at least 8 hours or overnight.
- Drain and rinse the beans, then add them back to the pot.
- Cut the smoked sausage into 1/2 inch slices and add them to the pot with the beans.
- Cut the pork ribs into individual ribs and season them with salt and pepper, then add them to the pot.
- Add enough water to the pot to cover the beans, pork and sausage by at least 2 inches.
- Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.
- Add the onion mixture to the pot.
- Add the bay leaf to the pot and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the olive oil for texture.
- Simmer for an additional 2 hours minutes, or until the beans and pork ribs are tender.
- Serve hot with a side of crusty bread. Enjoy!