How To Make Pasta E Fagioli Anywhere

This iconic Italian peasant dish incorporates the heartiness of dried beans and pasta with silky caramelized onion, smoky, dried meat, and a flavorful hard cheese. So simple to make, you can prepare it anywhere in the world, by easily substituting locally sourced ingredients, with a minimal amount of equipment and supplies. All you need is a pot, and a heat source.
Since I live in Istanbul, Turkey I used heirloom dried beans from a farm in Erzurum, and made fresh orecciette to go with it. Aged Turkish pastirma added excellent depth and smoke instead of bacon. I replaced the parmesan with eski kasar, a bright and nutty, Turkish cheese.
*I ran out of maydonez or Turkish flat leaf parsley so I omitted that step.

Pasta E Fagioli

Basic Ingredients:

2 cups beans soaked overnight and drained
1 large onion or 2-3 small ones, finely diced
4 garlic cloves mashed and finely chopped
1 pinch chili flakes
4 oz. of bacon, or a small handful smoked meat, finely chopped
1 lb. or .5 kilo pasta
1 cup of hard cheese, grated
1/2 small bunch parsley, the leaves finely chopped
2 tsp. fresh herbs or 1 tsp dried
salt and pepper to taste

To make Pasta E Fagioli with one pot you need to soak the beans overnight in the pot, drain, and set aside. Next fill your pot about halfway full of water, add the beans and cook until tender. Reserve a cup of the liquid, and then drain and set aside the beans. You will then refill your pot with water, salt the water with a very generous pinch, par cook your chosen style of pasta, (par means half cooked), or for about 5  minutes, and set it aside. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water as well, drain, and set aside.

Rinse and dry your pot, add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom, and when it’s hot
add in:
1. onions
cook until golden and soft
add in:
2. chopped garlic.
when you begin to smell the garlic
add in:
3. smoked meat+red pepper flakes
cook for a few minutes
add in:
4. beans + cooking liquid
5. pasta + cooking liquid
cook for a few minutes until the pasta is al dente
add in:
6. half the grated cheese (reserve some for adding more at the table)
7. parsley and herbs

Enjoy Your Meal-Afiyet Olsun-Buon Apetito








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