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Pasta Fagioli With Olio Nuovo - Hold The Pasta
1 pound Great White Northern Beans, rinsed and picked over
1 medium celery rib, coarsely chopped
2 large shallots, diced
1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/4 pound smoked bacon diced
2 large cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
5 quarts chicken broth or stock, vegetable stock, or cold water
1 - 2" sprig fresh rosemary
1 dried bay leaf
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste (at least 1 tablespoon recommended if not using stock)
1/2 cup Robust EVOO such as Coratina or Melgarejo Oils
Combine all the ingredients except for the olive oil in a large slow cooker. Set the cooker to high for 6 hours. Once the beans are tender, taste and adjust seasoning. Drain the beans with a slotted spoon and serve slathered in EVOO with crusty bread.