This is a very common dish in Romania, pork and beans or sausage and beans. I made mine here with smoked sausage, one popular version is using smoked meat, which is really good and has amazing flavor from the smoked meat. You can use any smoked sausages that you like, but I prefer kielbasa.
Another choice you have is with the beans. You can use canned beans or dry beans. But if you’re in a hurry and have to put dinner on the table in an hour, I suggest using canned beans, it tastes just as great. However, if you use dry beans, I recommend soaking the beans in water overnight. I think the reason for this is because it makes the beans a bit more tender and they cook much faster. If you use dry beans you’ll also need to cook them for a couple hours beforehand. Which ever method you choose, you have to rinse the beans well.
You can also add bacon to these beans for additional smoky flavor, but I decided to skip bacon this time.
The reason I like this dish so much is that it’s so delicious and we love to eat it with marinated red bell peppers or onions. It’s such a hearty meal and very satisfying. It’s an easy meal to prepare and it makes for great leftovers.