Pasta E Fagioli


Pasta E. Fagioli
6-8 servings
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1 pound white dried beans, soaked in water to cover (don't used canned)
1 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, unpeeled
1 large Italian bay leaf
1/2 pound salad macaroni
1 teaspoon coarsely ground hot red pepper
Few sprigs parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese

Cook beans in water in which they were soaked. Salt to taste, bring to slow boil, skim foam, add oil, garlic and bay leaf. Cook beans gently until tender, approximately 2 hours. The oil will be completely absorbed and a delicate flavor is the result. Remove the garlic and bay leaf.

Cook the macaroni, drain and reserve 1 cup of liquid. Add pasta to the beans, with the reserved liquid and the hot pepper, and simmer until thick.

Garnish with parsley and grated cheese before serving