Westphalia is a region of Germany that is located in the Northwest, and it is one of the three historic parts of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It used to be part of the Kingdom of Prussia from 1815 to 1918 and the Free State of Prussia from 1918 to 1946.
So after the war Westphalia merged with the Northern Rhineland, another former part of Prussia, to form the newly created state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1947, the state with its two historic parts was joined by a third one: Lippe, a former principality and free state.
The Westphalia White Beans Soup is a popular dish from that region. In the East of Westphalia they add even prunes to the soup and it is called “Bräbel”. You can use meat to the soup or not, depending on your taste. Mettwurst is very popular and is often used as an added ingredient. Happy Cooking!
350 g white beans, dried or canned
2 liter beef broth – How to make Beef Broth –
some summer savory or “Bohnenkraut” to taste – Find it here –
smoked ham, Cabanossi or Mettwurst (uncooked German sausage) – optional
1/2 celery root
2 bay leaves
marjoram to taste
salt, white pepper, nutmeg to taste
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp chopped parsley