Jota (Bean and pickled turnips soup)

Jota. Photo: Kornelija Ajlec


200 g (7 oz) kidney beans, soaked overnight

500 g (17 1/2 oz) potatoes, peeled and cubed

500 g (17 1/2 oz) pickled turnips

150 g (5 1/3 oz) dry cured bacon

1 onion

50 g (1 2/3 oz) flour

2 garlic cloves

bay leaf

tomato paste

salt, pepper

Cook the beans, potatoes and turnips separately. Chop the bacon and fry it together with onions, add flour, fry some more, pour water and cook until smooth. Add beans, turnips and potatoes (do not drain), season with crushed garlic, bay leaf and tomato paste. Add salt and pepper to taste and boil well.