Pasta fagioli with bacon

Pasta fagioli with bacon


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About this recipe: A delicious Italian pasta and bean recipe. Bacon is simmered with beans and penne in a seasoned tomato soup base. It's perfect when served with grated Parmesan and crusty bread.


Serves: 4 

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 7 cloves garlic, whole
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 rashers streaky bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 pinch crushed chillies
  • 225g passata
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cubes chicken stock
  • 1 (410g) tin cannellini beans, with liquid
  • 2 litres water
  • 350g penne pasta

Prep:50min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

  1. In a large pot over medium heat pour in olive oil. Saute whole garlic cloves, onion, bacon and crushed chillies; cook until onion is translucent. Add passata, basil, oregano, salt and pepper; cook on low for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in stock cubes, cannellini beans and water; cook for 30 minutes. Remove the 7 whole garlic cloves, discard 3 and crush the remaining 4; return to pot. Add uncooked pasta and continue cooking until pasta is done. Mixture should be slightly soupy. Serve immediately.

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