Pasta Fagioli

Pasta and Pulses

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These hearty dishes are found throughout Italy in numerous mutations. Basically they all have two things in common: pulses, be they cannellini, borlotti, fave or chick peas, and pasta cooked with them. To further confuse matters, there is a whole tribe of related dishes involving lentils and potatoes. Dietetically speaking, the combination of starch, protein and fibre in these dishes is wonderful.
Here I give a general all-purpose Pasta Fagioli using tinned beans, a general recipe for cooking pulses, a recipe for Pasta e Ceci (chickpeas, and Signor Belcapoโ€™s favourite), Pasta e Lenticche (lentils), and a curious but highly delicious Ligurian speciality, Pasta e Patate.

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