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Zuppa Di Fagioli Con La Pasta

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Ingredients
  Dried white haricot beans 1⁄2 Pound
  Water 4 Pint
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Smoked ham 1⁄2 Pound, cooked, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  Onions 1⁄2 Ounce, finely chopped
  Celery 1 Ounce, finely chopped
  Garlic 1⁄2 Teaspoon, finely chopped
  Lean salt pork 1⁄4 Pound (in 1 piece)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon (generous teaspoon)
  Freshly ground black pepper To Taste
  Spaghetti 2 Ounce, broken/cut into 1 inch pieces
  Freshly grated parmesan cheese 2 Tablespoon (as required)
Directions

MAKING
1. In a medium sized saucepan put 3 pints of water, add the beans and boil them for 2 minutes.
2. Take it off the heat and let it soak for 1 hour.
3. After an hour, drain the beans and save the water.
4. Add fresh cold water, enough to make it about 3 1/4 pints.
5. Chop the ham, onions, celery and garlic together into very small pieces ( this mixture is called a battuto).
6. In a large pan, heat oil and add the battuto and cook for about 10 minutes or until it is lightly coloured, stirring frequently.
7. Now add the beans, water and salt pork and season with salt and pepper.
8. Increase the heat to high and bring it to a boil, lower the heat and simmer covering partially for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are tender.
9. Skim the fat off the soup and discard the salt pork.
10. Take out half of the beans from the soup with a perforated spoon and puree them through a sieve or food mill and then return to the soup.
11. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes.
12. Put in the spaghetti and cook on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until the spaghetti is tender.
13. Season the soup with salt and pepper as per your taste.

SERVING
14. Pour the soup into a large tureen or soup bowls and serve hot garnished with grated cheese.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Bean
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
60 Minutes
Cook Time: 
120 Minutes
Ready In: 
180 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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