Straccetti di Pasta con Pancetta e Cannellini

March 4, 2011  |  By The International Kitchen
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Straccetti di Pasta con Pancetta e Cannellini

Fresh egg pasta noodles during a cooking vacation in ItalyStraccetti di pasta con Pancetta e Cannellini from one of our Tuscan cooking vacations translates to “Fresh egg pasta (“rags”) with Pancetta and Cannellini beans.”Straccetti is one of our favorite pasta types – fresh egg noodles are always the best, and the casually formed noodles are easy to make. This recipe of the month comes from the prestigious cooking school Toscana Saporita, and it originated in Lucca where the most prized and rare fagioli di Sorana come from. Cannellini beans work equally well.

IngredientsPancetta ready for cooking during a culinary tour of Italy

  • 1/2 lb fresh egg lasagne noodles (cut into little squares)
  • 1/2 lb dry cannellini beans (soaked overnight in cold water, then cooked the following day along with water, salt
  • pepper, 6 cloves of garlic, 5 tbs extra virgin olive oil and 5 leaves of fresh sage)
  • 5 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely diced
  • 2 medium carrots, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6 oz thick slice of smoked pancetta, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 ripe San Marzano tomatoes ( or Roma) diced
  • 3 leaves of basil
  • Salt and pepper

InstructionsFrying up some pancetta during a cooking class in Italy

Prepare the sauce:
In a large heavy skillet, place oil, pancetta, celery, carrots and garlic and cook over moderate heat until soft (about 10 minutes) stirring very frequently. Add the bay leaf and then the tomatoes and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the cooked beans with 1/2 ladle of their cooking liquid and cook for 5 minutes.
Assemble the dish:Rolling out thin sheets of pasta during a cooking class in Italy
Cook the pasta for 3 minutes (or according to directions) in salted boiling water. Drain it and add it to the sauce, add basil, salt and pepper and saute for 1 minute. Serve hot, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and extra freshly ground black pepper if you like.

Buon appetito!

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