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Baked White Beans and Sausages with Paprika, Onions and Sweet Peppers

6 Servings

1 hour 50 minutes 20 minutes active

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Tavče gravče, which translates as “beans in a pan,” is a Macedonian classic. Traditionally, large dried white beans called tetovac, named after a city in northwestern Macedonia, are the star of the rustic dish, while onions, garlic, peppers and paprika provide deep, rich flavor and color. We opted for the convenience of canned butter beans, which are plump, creamy and the best widely available alternative to tetovac beans. (If butter beans are difficult to find, cannellini beans work, too. Combined with sautéed aromatics and baked for an hour with smoked sausages, the beans turn silky-soft and deeply flavorful. Serve with crusty bread on the side.




Don’t forget to reserve 1½ cups of the bean liquid before draining the cans. The liquid is added to the pot and keeps the beans plump and moist during baking. (If the amount of liquid from the cans comes up short, make up the difference with more water.) To ensure enough liquid evaporates during cooking, use a Dutch oven with a wide diameter (ideally between 11 and 12 inches).

1 hour 50 minutes

20 minutes active


  • 4

    tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil, divided

  • 2

    medium yellow onions, chopped


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Michael F.
October 9, 2023
Perfect for this time of year
My family and I really enjoyed this meal. Minimal work in preparation with high yield results. Will definitely make again.
Thom S.
November 11, 2023
This recipe was a nice surprise. It's very simple and yet has amazing flavors. Everyone loved it.
Debbie B.
October 11, 2023
Makes me wish it was snowing
Just made this tonight and it's a perfect cozy winter meal. I've never used butter beans before and I'm hooked. I used smoked kielbasa from Walden Farms, which is delicious, and it stayed really juicy with this preparation. They only thing I did off-recipe was add 1/2 cup of white wine because I had it and this seemed like a nice way to use it up.
Susan G.
October 9, 2023
Incredible flavor
I had never tried butter beans before but after reading about the recipe, I wanted to give it a try. Easy to pull together and wow, what flavor. The beans are creamy and the peppers, sweet. Served with homemade, crusty sourdough bread.
John M.
October 9, 2023
Just Superb.
I made this recipe exactly as written using an 11-1/2 in. diameter Dutch oven and smoked sausage, and it was delicious! Well worth the time and effort in making it. I'll be making this one again and again. Thanks again, Ms. Hill and Milk Street team!