Monday, March 8, 2010

Tuscany in Winter...Pasta e Fagioli (Tuscan Bean Soup)

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This may be the last recipe of winter. ..and what a way to go!  I sincerely hope so, I'm sick of cashmere, fireplaces and comfort food.  Bring on Spring!

The picture above appeared on this weekend's New York Times. I just had to post it and find one of my recipes to go with it.  Just had to...

Servings 10

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


3 tablespoons olive oil

5 ounces diced pancetta

1 cup minced onion

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped celery



4 minced garlic cloves

2 tablespoons minced fresh sage (or 2 teaspoons dried)

10 cups chicken or beef stock

8 oz.  Pomi Crushed Tomatoes

2 cups small soup pasta

4 20 ounce cans drained Tuscan Cannellini beans

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or if you have saved the parmesan rind, throw it in!)

1/2 cup minced fresh parsley


Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the pancetta and saute for 3 minutes. Add the onion, carrot, celery, salt, and pepper and cook for five minutes. Add the garlic and sage and saute for two minutes more. Add the stock and crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil. Cook for 30 minutes. Add the pasta and beans and cook for 10-15 minutes or until al dente. Mix in the cheese and parsley before serving with additional cheese and bread.


  1. Your soup looks fantastic! And wow on your pictures---do you take them yourself? I love your taste (the dining room, garden views, soup piled with Parmesan...). You take the pictures I want to sit in;).

  2. Thank you Janelle. Some are my pictures, others aren't and they are credited at the bottom. You can come and sit anytime!

  3. I'm not much of a cook, but I will definitely try out this recipe! I totally agree with Janelle - the soup looks great and the ingredients remind me of food my mom makes. :) I love it!

  4. That pasta fagioli is pretty world famous.. It's a friend and family favorite.


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