June 15, 2024
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Beans with tomato sauce


Preparation time
10 minutes

Cooking time
60 minutes

4 people

Beans with tomato sauce are a traditional vegetarian side dish of the Tuscan cuisine and can also be a main course by adding sausages. In the past it was served as a complement to game dishes by using the same aromas used to season fowl. That’s why they are called “all’uccelletta” as “uccello” is the Italian for bird.


  • 400 grs beans
  • 10 sage leaves
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • pepper
  • 300 grs ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • salt


  1. Soak cannellini beans in water for 12 hours (if you use dried beans).
  2. Boil them.
  3. Cut every clove of garlic into 4 pieces and brown in olive oil, adding sage, diced tomatoes and salt. Cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Then add beans with a bit of cooking water and boil for twenty minutes, until liquid is completely evaporated.
  5. Serve hot with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with ground pepper.

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