Pasta e Fagioli with Fresh Beans

-Shell 1 pound of Dragon’s Tongue beans, then discard the shells. 

-Dice 4 slices of thick cut bacon.

-In a large pot, add the diced bacon and sauté until golden and crispy. 

-Chop up the following into small dice:

1 onion

1 carrot

1 celery stalk or a small piece of fennel

-Add the onion, carrot, and celery to the pot and sauté over moderate heat for about 10 minutes. 

-Chop up 1 tomato.

-Add the chopped tomato and the shelled beans.

-Pour in 4-6 cups of chicken or vegetable stock and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the beans are tender. 

-Remove half the beans from the pot, puree and then add them back

-Chop then add some fresh parsley, rosemary or cilantro and continue simmering another 5 minutes. 

-Cook 8 ounces of pasta or spaghetti al dente in a separate pot of boiling salted water and combine with the bean soup just before serving.