Pasta E Fagioli

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Pasta E Fagioli

Popular in Italian communities and restaurants throughout New England, this can be made with many different shapes of pasta.

Yield: Serves 4-6


  • 2 cups dry white beans
  • 1/4 pound salt pork, diced
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 potato, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 quarts cold water (less if beans aren't drained)
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or 1 cup canned, drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • Chopped parsley


Soak beans overnight in cold water. (Drain or not, as you prefer.) Fry salt pork in soup kettle until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Sauté onion and garlic in fat until tender. Add beans, potato, oil, water, tomatoes, and reserved salt pork. Cover and simmer 2 hours. Season with salt and pepper. Add macaroni and cook 5 to 10 minutes longer. Garnish with chopped parsley.

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