Ristorante Buca Mario - Piazza Ottaviani, 16r tel. 055.214179

Pasta and beans Florentine style

Serves 8:

800 gr. Tuscan white beans (the quality of the beans is very important)
250 gr. of olive oil

250 g. ripe S. Marzano tomatoes
1 onion
3 cloves of skinned garlic
5 cloves of unskinned garlic Rosemary, sage, celery stalk, salt and pepper
200 gr. of "ave maria or tubettini" pasta


Leave the beans to soak in water the day before. In the morning, drain and wash the beans. Put them on to cook in plenty of water. Add some salt, the peeled garlic and the celery and gently cook for about 2 hours. Gently fry the onion, the 3 cloves of skinned garlic, the sage and the rosemary in the 200g of oil. When the onion turns golden, add the chopped tomato together with 1 litre of the cooking water from the beans.
Cook for about 30 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper and then puree the mixture. Cook the "ave maria o tubettini" pasta and add to the mixture. Serve with a topping of the remaining 50gr. of olive oil.
Buca Mario hopes you will enjoy your meal