This is a hearty soup typical of Trieste. It gets better the day after it is made. There's some prep work involved but well worth it. My Mom's cousin in Lussinpiccolo uses hot dogs, barley and sometimes just adds sauerkraut to left over pasta e fagioli.
**You Could also use dried cranberry, pinto, red kidney or white beans**
Pick over the beans, discarding any stones or other objects and any beans that are discolored. Place the beans in a deep bowl and pour in enough cold water to cover them by at least 4 inches. Soak the beans in a cool place for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the pork butt. Boil for 30 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool. Chop.
Drain the beans and transfer them to a tall, heavy pot. Add the water, potatoes, bay leaves and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, and simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, drain the sauerkraut and taste it. If it is mild, rinse it briefly in a colander under cold water and drain it again. If the flavor is more assertive, rinse it twice before draining.
Make the trito by combining all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until very smooth. Stop the machine once or twice to scrape down the sides of the container.
In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until light golden, about 6 minutes. Stir in the trito and cook until fragrant and very lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add about 1 cup of the bean cooking liquid to the skillet and bring to a boil.
Scrape the trito mixture into the soup pot. Add the chopped pork butt and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the sauerkraut and kielbasa and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (718g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 132 (37%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 14.7g||20 %|
|Saturated Fat 4.9g||25 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 6.8g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 2g|
|Cholesterol 57.3mg||18 %|
|Sodium 1364.2mg||47 %|
|Potassium 1002mg||26 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 39.4g||12 %|
|Dietary Fiber 6.9g||28 %|
|Sugars, other 32.4g|
|Protein 19.2g||27 %|
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Calories per serving: 355
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