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Sòs pwa, Haitian bean sauce

Beans actually take quite some time to cook. One way to speed up the process is to soak them in water overnight or for a couple of hours and cooking them in a pressure cooker. This will soften them and save you quite some time in the kitchen.
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 8


  • cup uncooked beans
  • 4½-5 cups water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ bell pepper
  • ½ onion
  • 1 piment bouc
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ti salé or lardon optional
  • 1 tbsp butter optional


  1. Soak the beans in water overnight or for at least three (3) hours
  2. When ready to cook, strain the beans
  3. Transfer to a pressure cooker
  4. Cover with water
  5. Add the garlic cloves and cook for about 20 minutes. Your beans should be fork tender at this point
  6. Once the beans are cooked, separate them in half
  7. Purée the first half using either a mortar and pestle or a blender. Add some of the cooking water to make the process easier
  8. Strain the obtained purée and discard the skin
  9. Mix the purée with the second half of preserved beans and the remaining water
  10. Season to taste
  11. Transfer to a pot.
  12. Add the bell pepper, onion, piment bouc, thyme and lardon (optional)
  13. Let simmer on low until your bean sauce thickens. The longer you leave it, the thicker your sòs pwa
  14. Finish with the butter (optional) and serve in a bowl
  15. Laddle your sòs pwa over some rice, mayi moulen (polenta) or millet, and enjoy.