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Comfort Food Friday: Pasta e fagioli, a ‘no-nonsense’ dish the whole family can enjoy

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Comforting foods like beans and pasta to make this week’s Friday dinner one you and the family won’t forget…

This hearty dish is the perfect winter warmer if you’re looking for something rich in flavour and also a dish that will fill the bellies of those sitting around the dinner table.

Created by Giovanna Eusebi of the Eusebi Deli in Glasgow, this pasta e fagioli recipe is a must for a quick, hassle-free meal.

“Pasta e fagioli” translates as ‘pasta and beans’. It is a traditional Italian dish that was originally eaten by the poor, as the beans and pasta made it a filling meal,” revealed Giovanna.

“For me, it’s one of my favourite recipes to enjoy in winter because it’s a no-nonsense, simple and warming dish that the whole family can enjoy.

“Nothing is more satisfying on a cold, dark day than a bowl of this delicious soup!”

If you have missed any of our other Comfort Food Friday recipes and fancy cooking up a storm you can find them all here.


Pasta e Fagioli by Giovanna Eusebi

(Serves 4)

Pasta e Fagioli.

Ingredients

  • 50ml olive oil
  • 100g pancetta, diced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 250ml white wine
  • 200g dried borlotti beans, soaked over night and then cooked until tender
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 1tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 200g dried pasta (macaroni or ditalini both work well)
  • The rind from a wedge of parmesan
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for serving

Method

  1. To make the soup, sweat down the onion, carrots, celery and garlic in the olive oil, add the rosemary and pancetta and cook off for a further 5 minutes until the fat on the pancetta renders down.
  2. Add the white wine and reduce until it is nearly evaporated, then add the tomatoes, chicken stock, bay leaves, borlotti beans, pasta and parmesan rind. Simmer for around 30 minutes and season to taste.
  3. Serve in terracotta bowls with a drizzle of extra virgin oil.

Eusebi Deli is located at 152 Park Road, Glasgow.


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