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Fagioli all’uccelletto – Tuscan style beans recipe

Serena Angelini by Serena Angelini

The original name of this recipe by Artusi is "Fagioli a guisa d'uccellini" which translates into "beans in the manner of birds": cooked with sage and light tomato sauce. Nowadays in Tuscany we call them "all'uccelletto", where "uccello" means bird and "uccelletto" little bird. In conclusion the english literary translation would be Beans in the manner of birds. But let's just call them Tuscan Style Beans, don't you agree?  

  • 600 g dried cannellini (white beans)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 sprigs of sage
  • 500 g of tomato puree
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 sausages (the original recipe doesn't contain sausages but you can add them to make a tastier dish)
  • Soak the dry beans overnight
  • Rinse the beans and cook them until get tender
  • In a saucepan, sauté a couple of cloves of garlic with the olive' oil.
  • Season with the sage
  • Add the sausages and the beans
  • Cover the beans with the tomato puree and season with salt and pepper
  • Cook for 20-30 minuts to mix flavors. Enjoy!
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