Pasta and bean soup

Pasta and bean soup

Pasta e fagioli

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Serves
4
Photographer
Alastair Hendy

As with minestrone this pasta and bean soup exists in at least 20 versions, depending on the region where it originates. It is usually based on a stock flavoured by a Parma ham bone: though vegetarian versions, such as this one below, are now rather fashionable.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g dried borlotti or cannellini beans
or 3 x 400 g cans unsalted borlotti beans, drained and rinsed
2 celery stalks, cubed
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 fresh red chilli, chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
3 ripe tomatoes, skinned and chopped
or 400g canned chopped tomatoes
1 litre vegetable stock or water
115g mixed small pasta pieces or tubettini
10 basil leaves, shredded
salt
pepper

Method

  1. If you are using dried beans, soak in water overnight, boil in unsalted water for 2-3 hours until tender, and drain.
  2. Fry the celery in the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat for a few minutes before adding the chilli.
  3. After about 10 minutes add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes, until soft, then add the tomatoes. Wait a further 10 minutes before adding two-thirds of the beans, keeping the remainder aside to be mashed and added to thicken the dish.
  4. Pour in the stock or water and bring to the boil. Now add the pasta and, after 8 minutes add the basil leaves and the mashed beans. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

To make it more special

  • When serving, amazing flavour is added with just a trickle of extra virgin olive oil on the top of each dish. If you like it, you could add some chilli oil instead. But please, don’t add Parmesan.
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