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If you are using cotiche, you may have to clean it by burning the bristles over an open flame. Once cleaned, you will need to cook it in boiling water for two minutes. Once drained, you rinse the cotiche in cold water and wipe it dry before dicing into smaller pieces.
Fagioli con Prosciutto - Adapted*
1 lb cotiche or ham, diced
salt and pepper
2 lb canned cannellini or Great Northern beans
cooked ham bone (optional)
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp lard
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 onion, minced
2 tbsp fresh basil, minced
2 tbsp parsley, minced
2 lbs canned whole peeled tomatoes, diced
1. In a large pot, heat the lard over medium heat. Add the ham until slightly
browned. Add the onions and garlic and cook until softened. Season with
salt and pepper. Add the rosemary and cook for another minute.
2. Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the tomatoes and season
with salt. Simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes.
3. Add the beans and simmer until heated through. Check for flavor and add
the basil and parsley prior to serving.
*Loren, S., Sophia Loren's Recipes and Memories, GT Publishing, New York: 1998.