Cabbage and Cannellini Bean Stew

Cabbage and Cannellini Bean Stew is a dish I learned from my wife, its a dish made out of cabbage, cannellini beans and pork. I was asking her where did she got the recipe and from which province did it originated in the Philippines. She told me her father cooked it regularly during her childhood as it was believed to be a very nutritious dish, but like any bloke he was not an avid fan of vegetables and it was the wife who showed him how to eat them, so we guessed that it might be her mom who taught her dad this great recipe. As for the origin it might have an Ilocano origin (Ilocos, A Northern Province in the Philippines) evident with the use of bagoong, a common ingredient in Ilocano cusine. I guess this is one of the lesser known dishes in the said region or maybe a kept family recipe as I never had encountered this dish before.

How aboout you do you have a family recipe that you can share?

Cabbage and Cannellini Bean Stew
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Serves: 4 (as a side dish)
  • ¼ head purple cabbage, roughly chopped
  • 1 large can cannellini beans
  • 300g Pork belly, cubed
  • 1½ cup chicken stock
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 small shallots, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp Bagoong Monamon or Anchovy Paste
  • fish sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil
  1. In a wok add oil then brown evenly brown pork pieces, once done remove from wok then set aside.
  2. Add garlic and shallots then saute until shallots turn translucent. Add tomatoes the cook until soft.
  3. Add cabbage and stir fry for 1 minute.
  4. Add beans, chicken stock, bagoong and fish sauce (according to your liking, some bagoong brands is very salty), bring ot a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Season with freshly ground black pepper.


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16 Responses

  1. Love the color of the cabbage.

  2. I love new ideas with cabbage – must give this a try. Sounds delicious.
    🙂 Mandy

  3. Nors says:

    Bro gusto ko yung nasa gilid ha pritong isda na maliit parang galunggong

    • Beth says:

      hahaha,, natawa nman ako dun.. napatitig tuloy ako sa picture, may nakita nga akong fried fish at tomatoes.. :)) u made me laugh…

  4. C.H says:

    I love cabbage…great recipe,it look delicious! I am gonna try it…

  5. Tessa says:

    That purple cabbage looks great in that stew! I have a few heads of purple cabbage growing in my garden. When they are ready to pick, I will be sure to give this recipe a try!

  6. Kristy says:

    My grandpa would have loved this dish Raymund! He was a big fan of cabbage and cannellini beans. I love family recipes – they are like little flashbacks to the past. 🙂

  7. Beautiful colors and beautiful memories…this dish must be very tasty although simple…

  8. Denise Browning says:

    A hearty, wonderful bowl of stew. What a great dinner!!!

  9. Eha says:

    I love cannelini beans best of all the choices. This looks a lot more interesting with the anchovy paste and fish sauce than the variations I usually make – so it is well on the agenda 🙂 !

  10. Dear Raymund,

    Love the purple bits of cabbage in this stew. One of my fave family recipes is my mum Ipoh hor fun noodles.

  11. Kiran says:

    Delish and nutrish all in one bowl!

  12. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    It’s been cold lately at night time so I’ve made a stew too. This cabbage and bean soup looks healthy and comforting! YUM!

  13. I find nothing disagreeable about this recipe. Delish.

  14. Beth says:

    sir,, please send me more of your recipes,, i am on my implementation in my food service subject and i need to gather a lot of different recipes around the Philippines, thank you so muccchhhh…

    • Raymund says:

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