La Minestra

Preparation info
  • Serves


    : it’s not really worth making a smaller amount, and the soup will improve over two or three days
    • Difficulty


Appears in
A Long and Messy Business

By Rowley Leigh

Published 2018

  • About

Adding diced pancetta to the soffritto at the beginning certainly gives an added dimension to the enterprise but it is absolutely optional.


  • 200 g (7 oz) dried borlotti beans
  • 2 bay leaves


Rinse the beans in cold water and soak them overnight.

Drain the beans and place them in a saucepan, cover with fresh water and bring to the boil. Drain again and cover with more fresh water.

If not soaking overnight, rinse the beans in cold water, cover with fresh cold water and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and leave in the water to cool for 45 minutes. Drain th