Fagioli di Toscana

Braised Haricot Beans with Pancetta

Preparation info

  • 8

    • Difficulty


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Alastair Little's Italian Kitchen

Alastair Little's Italian Kitchen

By Alastair Little

Published 1996

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A wonderful baked bean dish. The simple action of assembling the dish and then baking the beans in the oven seems to dramatically alter their taste and texture. This dish cannot be successfully done on top of the cooker.


  • 500 g haricot beans, soaked overnight and rinsed thoroughly
  • 6 garlic cloves in their skins
  • 1 large


Cover the soaked beans with fresh cold water and bring to the boil. Skim, and add the garlic, chilli and bay leaves and simmer for about 1 hour or until nearly tender. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. While the beans are cooking prepare the rest of the ingredients, starting with