This much-loved and highly respected dish from the Veneto is one of those classic peasant dishes that have a real historical significance. It always strikes me how the inland countryside areas around the great cities of Venice and Verona reflect in their recipes a time of hardship and the need to nourish and warm many people, contrasting with the opulent and almost outrageous recipes designed to boast and impress graced the grandiose tables of the aristocracy. Yet, even for the former type the ingredients are specific, requiring care and detail to an otherwise simple dish. Note: the bean is absolutely key here!
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