Codillo de Cerdo con Fabas – Pork Shank with Giant Beans

2 Mar

Last year I posted a recipe for a similar dish, this is a variation.  Two pork shanks here serve four people in a very warming winter casserole.

We need more wine, the bottle is almost empty!


  • 500g of large white beans (large cannellini or butter beans would be good) soaked overnight in water with a pinch of bicarbonate of soda
  • Two large tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 large leek, roughly chopped
  • 4 sticks of celery and some of the celery leaves if you have them
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large onion peeled and quartered
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, peeled and left whole
  • A dried chili (optional)
  • Approx two cups of water (enough to cover the pork and beans)
  • Four slices of smoked bacon, diced
  • Salt and pepper (don´t season until the beans are cooked)
  • 4 whole cloves or a ½ a level teaspoon of ground cloves

Put all the  ingredients into a large pot with a lid and cook very slowly for about 2 or 3 hours (or longer) in a low oven or on top of the stove.  If you have time, it´s best left overnight before eating to allow the flavours to really develop.

When the beans are soft, strain the liquid off (reserving it) and take as many of the vegetables out from the meat and beans as you can and put into a blender jug.  Blend the vegetables with a little of the cooking liquid then stir into the remaining liquid.  Add the beans and meat (which will have fallen off the bones) into the thick soup, check for seasoning, reheat and serve with a drizzle of olive oil over the top.


61 Responses to “Codillo de Cerdo con Fabas – Pork Shank with Giant Beans”

  1. cookinginsens March 2, 2012 at 08:32 #

    I like any recipe that has the word “shank” in the title. Those beans look great!

  2. Malou March 2, 2012 at 08:51 #

    This looks very nice, Tanya. My husband loves those white beans and would make a similar stew in the past. I’m definitely trying your recipe. 😉

    • Chica Andaluza March 2, 2012 at 08:55 #

      We really enjoy any stews made with pulses and slow cooked…very tasty!

  3. Florence March 2, 2012 at 09:08 #

    Hi T, Looks delicious. Going to try this one.
    Regards Florence x

  4. TBM March 2, 2012 at 09:23 #

    I love white beans. We eat a lot of meals like this in our house. So tasty, not too hard to make, and it helps save money for our travels. I’ll have to try this recipe.

    • Chica Andaluza March 2, 2012 at 09:33 #

      Definitely cost saving dishes, but just as tasty as something more expensive! Have just this minute booked our tickets to be in London for August as we have tickets for 1 (yes, just the 1!) Olympic event so thought it best to get in early before the prices rocket 😉

      • TBM March 2, 2012 at 09:36 #

        Congrats! I’m jealous, we still haven’t found any tickets. Looks like we will have to live with the hassles and not enjoy the games. What event are you going to? We are trying to get our families out here before the Olympics to save money on airfare.

      • Chica Andaluza March 2, 2012 at 09:50 #

        We got tickets to the basketball final and gold medal ceremony (although we applied for loads more). We are hoping that Spain will continue to do well and win the gold…mind you, I don´t understand the game at all, it´s Big Man who is the fan! You´ll have to do like my friends and family and just have parties and watch the games on tv…much more comfortable! Recommend you book soon, even Easy Jet was getting pricey.

      • TBM March 2, 2012 at 10:00 #

        My better half is a huge basketball fan. I understand the game but it isn’t my fave. But how exciting that you are going! We booked one flight for the fam so far. We had the calendar out today and would like to book the other trip in the next few days…but this part of the fam is more difficult to schedule. Busier schedules with kids and work. It would be a relief to get all of it settle before summer arrives.

        I’ll have to think about having parties instead. Oh well

      • Chica Andaluza March 2, 2012 at 10:05 #

        Good luck – I´m sure you´ll have fun, whatever you do! (And if Spain don´t get through to the final you might find yourselves with 2 tickets 😉 )

      • TBM March 2, 2012 at 10:08 #

        I hope for Big Man’s sake they make it…but if you do need to unload some tickets give me a shout 🙂

      • Chica Andaluza March 2, 2012 at 10:13 #

        Will do!

  5. Tandy March 2, 2012 at 10:12 #

    I could devour the whole lot 🙂

  6. Food,Photography & France March 2, 2012 at 10:19 #

    I am extremely fond of those beans, and use them at every opportunity. Nice recipe.

    • Chica Andaluza March 2, 2012 at 15:33 #

      Thanks Roger – I just don´t know what they are called in English as they´re not exactly butter beans!

  7. Mad Dog March 2, 2012 at 11:01 #

    That looks delicious – I love beans and pulses.

    • Chica Andaluza March 2, 2012 at 15:34 #

      We do too – think the workers of Spain would down tools and strike without a good plate of pulses once or twice a week!

      • Mad Dog March 3, 2012 at 02:29 #

        I’m not surprised, I bet they live to eat as opposed to eating to
        live 😉

      • Chica Andaluza March 3, 2012 at 10:38 #

        That´s very true!

  8. Yvette March 2, 2012 at 11:07 #

    Just beautiful, I love this slow cooked hearty soul food…served with toasted crusty bread! Ohhh la la! Have a wonderful weekend x

    • Chica Andaluza March 2, 2012 at 15:35 #

      Thank you so much Yvette – you have a great weekend too!

  9. frugalfeeding March 2, 2012 at 11:27 #

    Shank is such a delicious meat – great recipe!

    • Chica Andaluza March 2, 2012 at 15:34 #

      It is, and luckily it´s cheap and easy to find here.

  10. ChgoJohn March 2, 2012 at 11:32 #

    This looks so tempting, Tanya! It’s comfort in a bowl. Just last week, I saw pork shanks at a grocery and I’d never noticed them before. At the time, I wondered how to prepare them. Thanks to you, I now know. Unfortunately — and I swear this is true — I can’t remember which store had the shanks! Well, I know they’re out there, somewhere, and when I see them next time, I’m buying them!

    • Chica Andaluza March 2, 2012 at 15:36 #

      I do believe you – a pal has asked me to buy her something which I bought a couple of months ago. Do you think I can remember where I bought it…nope! Hopefully we´ll both have a “lightbulb” moment soon 😉

  11. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide March 2, 2012 at 13:53 #

    This looks wonderful and so does the near empty wine bottle.

  12. Karen March 2, 2012 at 14:14 #

    What a tasty and comforting meal. I don’t know why we don’t see more dishes like this, especially at this time of the year.

    • Chica Andaluza March 2, 2012 at 15:39 #

      Even though it´s not been that cold here, we are enjoying these dishes as in a month or so we´ll be moving onto much lighter food!

  13. promenadeplantings March 2, 2012 at 14:56 #

    This looks delicious Tanya. do you grow any Gigandes/Gigantic/Butter Beans? I struggle to get them to fully fatten up and ripen unless we have a great summer and warm autumn. But boy are they tasty! Oh and I’ve never heard of adding “a pinch of bicarbonate of soda” to the soaking process before.

    • Chica Andaluza March 2, 2012 at 15:41 #

      The bicarb really works and you don´t taste it as you change the water. No, those beans don´t grow well here in Andalucia – too hot I think. The best giant beans in Spain ones come from Segovia sorry it´s in Spanish, but it may lead you to another one in English!

  14. gardenfreshtomatoes March 2, 2012 at 16:20 #

    I’ve never seen beans like that around here, but Hubby would adore them…I’ll have to look around!
    This sounds like my kind of recipe – lots of flavors, not much work, and limited clean-up! 😀

    • Chica Andaluza March 2, 2012 at 16:50 #

      Apart from a Spanish Deli (Brindisa in London) I don´t know who might stock them 😦

  15. tedgriffith March 2, 2012 at 17:38 #

    This looks (and sounds) wonderful! We’re going to have to try this one, especially with the chili added. 🙂

  16. Karista March 2, 2012 at 17:47 #

    You never fail to make me hungry! 🙂

  17. Evie March 2, 2012 at 19:22 #

    You had me at cannellini beans! I never met a cannellini bean I didn’t like!

    • Chica Andaluza March 3, 2012 at 10:31 #

      They´re great aren´t they…we love our pulses here!

  18. Purely.. Kay March 2, 2012 at 21:44 #

    I haven’t heard anyone say Pork shank to me since my grandmother was alive :). And even though i am new to beans, I have to say this looks absolutely wonderful.

    • Chica Andaluza March 3, 2012 at 10:35 #

      I guess it´s one of the more forgotten cuts of meat! If you are learning to love beans, this is a good one to make 🙂

  19. Bluejellybeans March 3, 2012 at 00:12 #

    ¡Ay qué rico!
    Me encantan los platos de cuchara y me parece que este de hoy se lleva la palma 🙂
    Genial Tanya!!

    • Chica Andaluza March 3, 2012 at 10:37 #

      Muchisimas gracias – tu tiendes el cocido Madrileño donde vives…¡es uno de mis favoritos!

  20. Michi March 3, 2012 at 10:42 #

    I would love for you and my mother-in-law to have a cook-off! That is all. 😉

    • Chica Andaluza March 3, 2012 at 10:50 #

      I wouldn´t dare! Mamas always (and I mean always) know best! I bow to their experience 😉

  21. Just A Smidgen March 3, 2012 at 18:57 #

    Oh, this is so rich and lovely! I wonder why you put bicarbonate in with the beans? I’d love to make this for supper tomorrow night!

    • Chica Andaluza March 3, 2012 at 19:48 #

      I don´t know what the science of the bicarb is but it seems to make them swell up to the max and cook nice and soft”

  22. sportsglutton March 3, 2012 at 22:29 #

    I could so use a big bowl of this right now, as nature forgot it’s spring and there is snow outside.

    • Chica Andaluza March 3, 2012 at 23:03 #

      Snow?! That´s not good! Sending over supplies right now…

      • sportsglutton March 3, 2012 at 23:07 #

        Don’t forget to send some beer too!!

  23. Charles March 4, 2012 at 01:58 #

    Hi Chica – I love butter beans! I don’t know that many recipes for them, so it’s always good to see new ideas of what to do with them 🙂 I didn’t have pork in ages – I considered buying some today for dinner tomorrow but didn’t in the end. Will have to consider this if I can get a hold of some butter beans soon – they’re not easy to find here.

    • Chica Andaluza March 4, 2012 at 10:17 #

      It´s so funny, isn´t it, that some foodstuffs which seem commonplace to us, as just not available where we live. Some simple things take me by surprise sometimes.

  24. Piglet in Portugal March 4, 2012 at 23:23 #

    This is very similar to a dish here they ahve in Portugal but it is made with Favas (Haricot beans) Not a great bean lover myself, but since moving here…I am learning to like them more 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza March 5, 2012 at 21:43 #

      Hi Piglet and thanks for commenting and subscribing! We love our bean dishes and living in Portugal, I bet you´ll soon grow to love them too 🙂

  25. rsmacaalay March 5, 2012 at 08:31 #

    I am loving your stews, they’re rustic very similar to Filipino style of cooking. I know a lot of my friends would love this recipe of yours

    • Chica Andaluza March 5, 2012 at 21:29 #

      Thanks Raymund – I notice too that some of our recipes have a similar style….I guess it makes sense!


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