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Pasta e fagiola recipe

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Pasta e fagiola

Pasta and beans, pasta fagiola. Borlotti-beans in Palermo are sold under the name ‘fagiola pasta’, pasta beans. No wonder they end up in a delicious pasta recipe. Easy to prepare, tasty and filling. It is a dish with strong rural connections, and therefore probably so deeply rooted in the Italian kitchen. The beautiful colored beans turn brownish while cooking. A sorrow that is compensated by the richness of the dish. It can be eaten as a soup as well as rather dry. Some say it tastes better the following day. Comfort food by excellence.
  • Prep Time 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time 60 Minutes
  • Total Time 60 Minutes
  • Serves 4 People
  • Calories 600 kcal


  • 1 kilo of borlotti beans
  • 320 grams of big pasta (mafalde, reginette, spaghettoni)
  • 500 grams of fresh tomatoes
  • 1 big onion
  • salt, olive oil


  1. Pod your beans while listening to your favorite music
  2. Peel and dice the tomatoes, chop the onion
  3. Fry the onion in olive oil, then add the beans
  4. Stir for 5 to 10 minutes, then add the tomato
  5. Cover with water and let it boil for about 45 minutes
  6. Add HOT water when things get dry. Keep on listening to your favorite music
  7. Under-boil your pasta: if the package says 10 minutes, boil for 7 minutes
  8. Add the pasta to the beans
  9. Cover and wait 10 to 15 minutes before serving


This recipe derives from the rural tradition, where meat was served on special occasions only. Nowadays people sometimes add pork meat. One may substitute the fresh beans with dried ones. Let them soak overnight. 250 to 300 grams are sufficient to prepare pasta e fagioli. Some add rosemary, others sage. Try without anything first. Legumes may cause flatulence

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