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Beans in the Italian Way

Updated: Feb 27

  • Beans are a traditional Serbian dish, but we prepare them without pasta.

  • This way of preparing with pasta is on the Italian way, it is very tasty, and the Italians adore it. The recipe is of course made in my way and as it is in my opinion the most delicious and best! Make this wonderful dish, and you will see for yourself. Follow the recipe instructions.

Ingredients: my deep pot is 4500 ml, very easy, total time: 2h 40 min., 8 persons
  • 350 g of white beans

  • 2 onions/ finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic/ finely chopped

  • 4 carrots/ 2 carrots chopped into rings and 2 chopped carrots.

  • 1 stalk of celery

  • 1/4 celery root

  • 1 parsnip, finely chopped

  • 1 Tablespoon black peppercorns

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 fresh hot green pepper/ in a piece

  • 4 Carniolan sausages/ chopped into rings

  • 4 ribs in one piece

  • 150 g of smoked bacon, cut into thinner pieces

  • 1 Tablespoon dry /Vegeta spice

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon pepper

  • about 2400 ml of water

  • 1 and a 1/2 cups of pasta, Italian Ditalini -Barilla /cup-200 ml

  • 2 Tablespoons fresh primrose, finely chopped, goes at the end!

Bean powder:

  • 70 ml of oil

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 3 and a 1/2 tablespoons of flour

  • 2 teaspoons sweet ground red pepper /allspice

  • 1 teaspoon hot ground pepper


Before you prepare the beans:

  • Put 350 g of beans in a medium pot 1 day earlier in the evening and pour of water over the beans. Leave it to stand overnight for about 10 hours. (The water must be 3 fingers above the beans)!


  1. When a certain time of 10 hours has passed, take a pot, strain the beans, rinse the beans and put new water in the same medium pot and pour the beans to cook for about 1 hour.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare all the vegetables and meat as described above.

  3. You can use a blender to chop the onion, 2 carrots, celery and parsnips, so the garlic will go faster.

  4. When you have cut sausages, bacon, and the vegetables are ready.

  5. You can start the processing.

  6. After cooked the beans for 1 hour, drain the beans, put new water in another larger pot. Put the beans, all the vegetables, bay leaves, sausages, ribs, smoked bacon, fresh hot green pepper and pour 1200 ml of water around, It should be, 2–3 fingers less than the top of the pot.

  7. Beans should be cooked for now 2 hours and 30 minutes, over a slightly moderate heat, be sure to cover the pot!

  8. After 1 hour, add the dried spice/Vegeta, salt, pepper, peppercorns and let it cook for another 1 hour.

Bean Powder:

  1. After 2 hours, make a paste by pouring oil into a small pot and wait for it to heat up over a slightly moderate heat.

  2. When is oil heated, add 2 finely chopped garlic, stir well.

  3. After 1–2 minutes, add the flour, mix well, wait for the flour to turn a little yellow and get a color, then add the sweet ground pepper and hot ground pepper, mix it all quickly, and fry 1 -2 minutes.

  4. Extinguish the fire and pour your powder into the beans and vegetables. Mix everything well and cover, and cook for another 30 minutes.

  5. Ten minutes before the end of cooking, add ditaline bean pasta and stir.

  6. After the time has passed, turn off the heat and add 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley and mix well.

  7. The beans are ready!

NOTE: If you prefer beans with macaroni or some other pasta, it's not a problem, you don't have to put ditaline in beans. Cook your prefer pasta in special salted water according to the instructions alla dente and pour the beans over the dough! If you are less dense, and you want to get the density, add 1 tablespoon of flour mixed with little water, if you want to dilute, add water. For me, this measure is just right!

Buon appetito!

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