400 gr. white beans
300 gr. spicy sausage
1 clove of garlic
1-2 celery stalks
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 bay leaf
150 ml. Olive oil
Freshly grounded black pepper
Chili flakes (optional)
Put the beans to soak in water the previous night.
The day after, boil them until they are softened but not melted.
Preheat the oven to 200 ° C and begin to cut the vegetables into medium sized pieces and the sausage into slices.
In a deep frying pan saute the sausage until it gets a golden color and then add the vegetables. Continue sauteing for 2-3 minutes.
In a casserole with a lid add the beans, the sauteed vegetables with sausage, the herbs and spices.
Add the tomato paste, sugar, olive oil, salt and pepper and stir.
Finally, add hot water, as much as needed to cover the beans.
Check it occasionally and if necessary add some extra hot water.
Bake for about 4 hours at moderate temperature until the sauce thickens!
Serve the bean soup and a sprinkle of chili flakes if you like!