Wednesday, August 25

Beautiful borlotti beans

These came from my friend's back garden a few weeks ago but I've only just got around to posting about them.

Aren't they beautiful?!

I cooked them and then made 'pasta e fagioli' along the lines of this recipe.

Cook the beans (they should take about half an hour if they are fresh).

Chop a couple of cloves of garlic and fry for a minute in some olive oil, then throw in a couple potatoes, two carrots, a stick of celery, sliced, and a couple of fresh tomatoes - all of which should be chopped small.

Add some stock, vegetable or chicken, bring to boil and simmer for about five minutes.

Then add the beans, a crushed dried chilli, some small pasta (I used macaroni) and some fresh basil. Simmer until the pasta is cooked, then serve with a drizzle of olive oil on the top and some freshly ground black pepper.

A soup that is more like a meal, especially if served with a big chunk of crusty bread slathered with butter!

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