Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins

This is how they make it here in Northern Italy.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Shell the beans, discarding any brown ones.
  2. In a food processor, chop the onion, celery, carrots, & pancetta/bacon until finely minced.
  3. Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add the minced ingredients and saute for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the beans, potatoes, broth & stir.
  5. Cover the soup, bring to a boil, & simmer over low heat for an hour or until the beans are tender.
  6. Remove the potatoes, mash them roughly with a fork, and return to the soup.
  7. Add the pasta, raise the heat to medium, & cook for about 15 minutes. Taste for salt.
  8. Serve in individual bowls & drizzle each serving with 2 teaspoons of olive oil or sprinkle with 1 T. parmesan cheese. Not both.