Pasta E Fagioli

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 small red onion, finely chopped

1 small carrot, finely chopped

1 small celery stalk, finely chopped

3 (ounces) pancetta, diced

3 fresh sage leaves

1 sprig fresh rosemary

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups cannellini beans

4 1/4 cups water

1/2 pound spaghetti

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Fresh parsley, finely chopped


  1. In a large pot, heat up the extra-virgin olive oil and saute the garlic, onion, carrot, celery, and pancetta for 5 minutes. Add the fresh sage and rosemary, allowing the olive oil to absorb the flavors of the herbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the beans and cook for a few minutes. With the back of a fork, mash up a quarter of the beans and add 1 cup water. Break the uncooked spaghetti into thirds using your hands and add into pot. Stir for about a minute. Add the remaining 3 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cook for about 15 minutes, allowing the water to reduce until it becomes a thick consistency. Let rest for 10 minutes off the heat. Add the freshly grated Parmigiano cheese, parsley, and finish with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Serve warm.