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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