Three bean pasta e fagioli

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
30ml extra-virgin olive oil
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
3 to 4 sticks celery from the heart, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (450g) can cannellini beans
1 (450g) can chick peas
45g tomato puree
750ml chicken stock
750ml water
225g mini penne with lines or ditalini
250g fresh french beans, trimmed and cut into thirds on an angle
1 lemon, zested and juiced
A handful of fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
Grated Romano cheese, for topping
1) Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a soup pot over medium to medium-high heat. Add the carrot, celery, onions, garlic, rosemary, bay leaf, salt and pepper, to taste. Saute until the vegetables are soft, about 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in the canned beans and tomato paste, and cook for 1 minute. Add the stock and water, then cover and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and let simmer in the soup for 5 minutes, then add the green beans and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes more. Turn off the heat. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and the parsley. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary. Discard the rosemary stems. To serve, ladle the soup into shallow bowls and garnish with cheese.

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