Spicy beans

We present an Italian reinterpretation of the famous Mexican beans, prepared with ingredients commonly found in the Mediterranean area. No black beans then, but cannellini instead, and rather than the famous Mexican chillies we used ones from our garden .... To make this recipe with dried beans, we recommend leaving the beans in water for the whole night and then to continue cooking for at least two or three hours more. If you have a terracotta pot, the outcome will be even better, although a heavy-based frying pan with a lid will be fine. We also remind you that this recipe is great for vegetarians and vegans because it provides a significant protein intake without any meat.

Ingredients

  • tinned or dried beans 200 grams Cannellini
  • tomato passata 250 millilitres
  • carrots 40 grams
  • celery 40 grams
  • onions 40 grams
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chilli
  • bay leaves
  • oil
  • water
Information
20 minutes Total time
180 minutes Active time
Serves 4 persons
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Preparation

Chop the celery, carrot and onion in a food processor or by hand. Fry the chopped vegetables with a little extra virgin olive oil. Drain the beans after they have been soaked for 12 hours (if dried originally) and cook them in a pan with the chopped veg. Add the tomato sauce and continue cooking. Season with salt, add a pinch of sugar and a little chilli powder or chilli flakes. Then add water to cover and cook for 3 hours.

Tips
To really get the most from your spicy beans, you should uncork a good bottle of soft red wine.
Trivia
To prepare your spicy beans, you should choose a variety of bean such as cannellini which are better suited for this dish than darker varieties.

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